Buddhist temple in Nara Prefecture, Japan

The Shōsō-in (正倉院) is a Japanese treasure house in the Tōdai-ji temple complex at Nara[1] It is close to the building which houses the Great Buddha (Diabutsuden).

It is the oldest museum structure in the world.[2]


The earliest objects in the Shōsō-in were put there by Empress Kōmyō (701–760). The collection includes artifacts from the arts and crafts of the Tempyō era.

The building was built in the "log-cabin style" (校倉, azekura) with a raised floor raised floor (高床式, takayuka-shiki).


  1. Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), 正倉院ホームページ; retrieved 2012-6-17.
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Museums" in Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 671-672.

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Coordinates: 34°41′31″N 135°50′19″E / 34.69194°N 135.83861°E / 34.69194; 135.83861