850th Anniversary Special Exhibition Shinran: The Life and Legacy of the Founder of Shin Buddhism

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Date: March 25–May 21, 2023
The exhibition has two installations:
Part I: March 25–April 23, 2023
Part II: April 25–May 21, 2023
Some artworks may be rotated during the exhibition period.
Hours:9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (Entrance until 5:00 p.m.)
Closed:Mondays *The museum will be opened on Monday January 2 and 9, and closed on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
Adult 700 yen
University Student (ID required) 350 yen

Admission fee includes admission to all galleries in the Heisei Chishinkan Wing.
Admission is free for high school students and other youths age 0 – 17, seniors over 70, visitors with disabilities and one caretaker, and for Campus Members (including faculty). Please show ID.
Admission for school groups: Admission to the Collection Galleries is free for elementary school, middle school, and high school students on school fieldtrips as well as teachers serving as their guides.



Kyoto National Museum, Heisei Chishinkan Wing
Access:527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku,
Kyoto, Japan 605-0931


2023 marks the 850th anniversary of the birth of the priest Shinran (1173–1262), founder of the Shin (Jōdo Shinshū) school of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism. Shinran’s dramatic life story has long captured the imaginations of people in and outside of Japan. Born in Kyoto, Shinran first trained at the nearby Buddhist center of Mt. Hiei and studied under the Pure Land master Hōnen Shōnin (1133–1212) before being exiled to Echigo province in current Niigata prefecture. He thereafter traveled to the Kanto region before eventually returning to Kyoto, where he died at the age of ninety. This exhibition tells the story of Shinran’s remarkable life and teachings through objects preserved for centuries in temples belonging to various branches of Shin Buddhism. It features a wide range of works, including Shinran’s writings, self-inscribed icons in praise of the buddha Amida’s name (myōgō), portraits, and illustrated handscrolls. The ancient capital of Kyoto, where Shinran began and ended his long and storied life, is a fitting venue for this tribute to the legacy of one of the most influential figures in the history of Japanese Buddhism.

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