“Nara Centennial Hall” was opened on February 1, 1999
commemorating the 100th year of municipal organization of Nara city. As an ancient city, Nara boasts of its rarity in the world, with its rich culture.
In spite of the vicissitudes of time, it has managed to retain an impressive number of historical and artistic treasures, which are widely recognized around the world.
The purpose of this newly built auditorium is to foster the culture further and work to convey the uniqueness of its cultural heritage to the world, as a “Messenger ship of Culture”.
This auditorium consists of a large hall room with a stage, which can be changed into eight different types and equipped with modern facilities.
A middle-sized room with glass walls around and has a very good acoustic. There is also a small room, which can be used for multiple purposes.
We are expecting to organize various events, ranging from high class art to popular amusements and also events to show the cultural heritage and history of Nara.
We hope that our city-dwellers will enjoy this auditorium and our activities.
We welcome you at “Nara Centennial Hall”and look forward for your kind patronage.
Please do visit us.
Arata Isozaki, who got the best prize in “The International Construction Design Contest”, designed the hall.
This hall has stage that can be changed into 8 patterns, simultaneous interpretation booth for four languages, and movable seats for the audience.
They are the biggest trait of the hall. The equipments can also used for concerts, plays, Japanese traditional performances, international conventions, and lectures.
Considering the effect of echo, Harmony hall was built with glass-walls, which wakes its presence to be a unique one in the whole nation.
It is gorgeous and suitable for concerts by small organization, such as chamber music, matching with the theme, “frozen music”.
This meeting hall can be used for the purpose of gallery, meeting, exhibition, conference etc.
About one hundred chairs can be installed.
Covered with top light and a large vertical glass-screen on the north, the entrance hall stands as an open-space connecting “Times Square”(outside of the hall) with the inner part of the hall.
There is a cafeteria, an information-Corner, a ticket-counter & a lobby for the visitors at this large entrance hall.
The hall always remains as a place for the people to gather and promote friendship with each other.
●The fresco mural painting
Theme:“Nara, a city of radiant”
Koji Kinutani, born in Nara city, painted Fresco pictures that describes nature, silk-road shrines & temples which are registered as world-heritage.
+Length 2.5m×width 18.5m
+Place : Near the main hall (1st floor, southern passage)
NARA Centennial Hall Outline
7-1 Sanjo Miyamae-cho Nara City
●Outline of building
Basement 1 Floor Ground 5 Floor
Ferroconcrete building, Steel-frame building
●Outline of hall
Type A All seats usable 1,476
(plus 20 for wheelchairs)
Type B All seats usable 1,296
(plus 10 for wheelchairs)
Type C All seats usable 1,655
(plus 20 for wheelchairs)
※The movable thirty-six seats can be installed in every form.
Conference Room, Tea Lounge, Cloakroom, Bar Counter
●Opening Feb. 1st, 1999
＜from Kintetsu Nara Station＞
Ride on the bus for “JR Nara Station” and get off at “JR Nara Station” Stop.
Then go over west and turn left on west side of “Hotel Nikko Nara”.
Five minutes’ walk from JR bus stop.