The Kansai Region Sights

Nara-machi Shiryokan (Nara-machi Historical Library and Information Center)

  • 14–2 Nishi Shinya-cho Map It
  • Nara-machi

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

So just what are those red cloth animals on pieces of rope outside houses in Nara? Called migawarizaru (substitute monkeys), they are hung on the eaves of houses to ward off illness and accidents. There is a monkey for every member of a household ready to suffer illness and accidents in place of its owner. The migawarizaru are just one of the many traditions that have lived on in Nara-machi. The Nara-machi Shiryokan displays many other artifacts relating to the history of this neighborhood.

Sight Information


14–2 Nishi Shinya-cho, Nara, 630-8334, Japan

Map It



Sight Details:

  • Daily 10–4

Published 12/10/2015


Book A Trip



  • CARS

Map View

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in The Kansai Region