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Nara Ikimono Museum

Art meets living creatures in Nara

The Japanese word ikimono translates to living creatures in English, and the soon-to-open Nara Ikimono Museum will allow visitors to appreciate an impressive variety of reptiles, fish, and amphibians – there will be over 100 species in total to discover. From colorful blue iguanas and Honduran milk snakes through to fuzzy tarantulas and emperor scorpions, this is a perfect spot for anyone fascinated in all things creepy-crawly...especially kids!

The museum is the brainchild of UWS Entertainment, who are also behind destinations like the Nara Kingyo Museum and Odaiba's Aquarium Gakyo. Their signature style of combining animals and art is evident with this new venture as well, and there will be six unique concept areas to explore.


Along with the array of living creatures to check out, the museum also includes a forest library area which contains various books about the amazing animals showcased at the venue. It's a great way to deepen your knowledge about any of the creatures that pique your interest!


If you plan to visit, the grand opening takes place on April 28th, 2023, and the museum's operating hours are from 10am until 6pm with last entries at 5.30pm. Admission is priced at ¥1200 for adults (counted as anyone junior high school age and above), and ¥800 for elementary school students, with children under elementary school age receiving free admission.

Getting there

The Nara Ikimono Museum is located on the fourth floor of the Mi Nara shopping complex. The venue can be accessed via a free shuttle bus service which runs from Kintetsu Nara Station, JR Nara Station, and Kintetsu Shin-Omiya Station to the shopping complex. You can find timetable information about the free shuttle service here (in Japanese).

Alternatively, the venue is about 10 minutes by taxi or 30 minutes on foot from JR Nara Station.

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