As an organization that comprises Japan's national museums and research centers for cultural properties, the NICH strives to pass on to future generations tangible cultural properties that are valuable national assets through the collection, preservation, and exhibition of those cultural properties. It also plays a central role in specialized or technical research concerning tangible and intangible cultural properties.


The National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (NICH) runs eight institutions, each with their own unique characteristics. These include five museums (Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto National Museum, Nara National Museum and Kyushu National Museum), The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan, two research institutes (Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties and Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties), and the International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region.

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