Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties

Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties was established in 1952 as a national institution committed to the comprehensive research of our cultural heritage. It seeks to uncover the history behind the formation of Japan’s ancient state and its cultural properties, principally through the excavation and study of the Heijo, Asuka and Fujiwara palace sites, for example.

A Message from the Director General

Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties conducts research across a broad range of fields, including archaeology, ancient history, architecture and landscape garden history, historical materials, the study and maintenance of historical sites, cultural landscapes, conservation and restoration, environmental archaeology, dendrochronology, the measurement and photography of cultural properties, and cultural property informatics, etc.
The Institute applies the knowhow and techniques honed over years of studying Nara’s palace sites to the research, preservation and maintenance of sites across Japan. It also engages actively with international cooperation projects and technology transfers aimed at conserving historical sites across the world.
These activities have garnered considerable acclaim within Japan and overseas, but our research operations have been curtailed by a lack of funding. We hope your donations will help us to continue our endeavors. We look forward to receiving your warm support and cooperation.

Matsumura Keiji, Director General
Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties