Museum / Science Museum Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Yasaka Hall Gion Corner
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    3.0
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 570-2 Inside the Yakinikan
    Here you can enjoy seven of Japan's traditional arts in the space of about an hour including Kyomai traditional Kyoto dance, Kyogen comedy theater, Gagaku traditional court music, Bunraku puppet theater, koto music, tea ceremony, and ikebana flower arranging. It is located inside the Yasaka Hall in Gion, Kyoto City, nearby the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo theater. In the lobby you'll find pictures of annual festivals held in ''Kyoto Gokagai (five districts)'' (Gion Kobu, Miyagawa-cho, Ponto-cho, Kamishichiken, Gion Higashi) as well as a Maiko gallery showing the ornamental flower pins worn by the Maiko, their hairstyles, and other small items. This is a famous place for seeing the character of Japan and is popular amongst students on school trips and foreign visitors. It is a five-minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station on the Keihan Line.

    This was an enjoyable taste of seven Japanese art forms seamlessly interwoven together in under an hour that at times it seems like one event with several sub-plots. The event highlights the tea...

  • Nishijin Textile Center
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    3.5
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    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto city Kamigyo-ku Horikawa dori Imadegawa south entrance west side
    This meeting hall in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture introduces the charm of Japanese clothing, especially Nishijin silk fabrics, and displays related items. The third floor has a show stage on which they hold the extravagant Kimono Show each hour. With the workshops allowing one to watch artisans up close and the reservation handmaking experience activities, there are facilities for one to watch, sow and experience while learning and having fun. There are also Japanese trinkets on sale including clothing sundries and mufflers made of pure Japan-produced silk.

    My wife was a little disappointed. She was hoping for fabric she couldnt get at home in Australia. Nothing extraordinary.

  • Fukuchiyama Castle
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    4.0
    135 Reviews
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    Kyoto Fukuchiyamashi Naiki 5
    This castle of the old Fukuchiyama feudal domain in Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto Prefecture is a fortress which belonged to a powerful clan was once known as Yokoyama Castle. It was reconstructed by Akechi Mitsuhide in 1579, who renamed it to Fukuchiyama Castle. Once completed there was a castle tower and various other buildings, but after the castle abandonment orders of the Meiji period many were demolished. Just the stone wall, copper gatehouse and the Toyoiwa-no-i Well remain their original Edo period appearance. The current castle tower was rebuilt in 1986, and the inside was opened as a museum.

    The castle is nicely restored and sports the traditional architecture of the castle of its time. There are not a lot of commanding hillocks in town, but this has one of the higher ones. Worth a...

  • Uji City The Tale of Genji Museum
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    4.0
    143 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Higashiuchi 45-26
    This museum located in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture collects and displays materials pertaining to the Genji Monogatari (Tale of Genji), the full-length novel by Murasaki Shikibu. Inside, it is divided into video exhibition rooms including the Heian-no-Ma which introduces the world of the Genji Monogatari and the life of Japanese nobles with models and video, and the Uji-no-Ma, which takes the theme of Uji Jujo (The 10 Quires of Uji) in the third part of the Genji Monogatari, which was set in Uji. There are also a teahouse offering Japanese sweets and a shop selling merchandise related to the Genji Monogatari.

    This attractive modern museum reveals the ancient and elegant world of the Heian period of Japan through interactive displays, full screen sets and models. The focus? Just one:The Tale of Genji...

  • Kyoto Railway Museum
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Kankijichou
    A museum dedicated to railways located on the western side of Kyoto Station. The museum features some 31 thousand square meters of exhibition space, which was the largest in Japan when the facility first opened. The facility displays 53 trains which helped lead the modernization of Japan. The museum is full of other interesting sights and activities, as well, including a giant railroad diorama, a train which visitors can ride pulled by a real steam engine, and a train simulator which shows what it's like to drive a train. The museum also provides a variety of cultural activities such as guided tours and workshops conducted by JR West Japan employees. Walk 20 minutes west from the central entrance of JR Kyoto Station.
  • Ryukoku University Ryukoku Museum
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shirokyo-ku Horikawa Dori Front (Nishihonganji Temple in front)
    Ryukoku Museum is dedicated to Buddhism and based on the research of Ryukoku University. Visitors learn about Buddhist thought, history, and culture through easy to understand displays of authentic items. In addition, their special theme-based exhibitions and planned exhibitions held a few times a year are always interesting. The museum's first floor cafe and shop can be used without visiting the museum itself.

    We decided to stop at this Museum as it started to rain very hard after our visit of the Nishi Hongwangi Temple ( on the other side of the street ) .Lots of children around taking classes and...

  • Kyoto National Museum
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Chayachou 527
    A museum located in the Chaya-cho neighborhood of Higashiyama Ward which first opened in 1897 as the Imperial Museum of Kyoto. The museum changed to its current name in 1952. Visitors can enjoy viewing the museum’s collection of masterpieces and historic objects, including National Treasures, such as paintings, carvings, writings, and swords. The museum also holds special exhibitions.
  • Japan Kanji Museum and Library
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    46 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 551
    This hands-on experiential museum is full of surprise and discovery with exhibits that, beyond just looking at kanji (Chinese characters), let you touch, learn about, and have fun with them. It's divided into a graphic exhibit and theater on the first-floor and a theme park-like exhibit area and library on the second-floor. Wherever you go it's designed to have fun while learning, and both kids and adults love it. They also hold various courses and lectures.

    We could learn the history and the origin of Kanji. My 5&8 years old daughters were so excited to stamp their name and the country’s name in Kanji. The 2nd floor is lots of fun, too. There are some...

  • Maizuru WorldBrick Museum
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    3.5
    48 Reviews
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    Kyoto Maidurushi Hama 2011
    The Maizuru World Brick Museum was constructed as a torpedo warehouse for the Maizuru naval base in 1903. It's said to be one of the oldest brick and steel frame buildings still standing in Japan. The museum conveys the charm of Japanese brick architecture and its history through exhibits like Bricks of the World, The Hoffman Kiln, The Story of Japanese Bricks, and Bricks and Maizuru City.

    Not sure about previous reviews, as what do you expect from what is called a Brick Museum! Yes it is literally a museum of bricks - do not go there unless this is what you want! We are from...

  • Costume Museum
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi, Shimogyo-ku Horikawa Don Shin-Hanaya Town Downtown Izuchi Left Beef Building 5F
    Opened in 1974, the Costume Museum features exhibits of Japanese clothing and customs around it dating from ancient to modern times. In 2012 they added a 1:4 scale exhibition on the early and middle Heian period. It lets visitors experience the world of the Heian period with the five senses and the transformations that took place over its 400 years.

    Small museum that displays the costumes on figurines as calling them dolls do not do the display justice. The displays replicate Imperial scenes and if you visit the imperial palace can see the full...

  • The Kyoto University Museum
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    25 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Yoshidahonmachi Kyoto University General Museum
    This museum, located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, archives and displays erstwhile cultural items of each of the research laboratories and departments of the Kyoto University. Divided into three exhibitions areas, the permanent exhibits house fossils and plants in the natural history area, literature and maps in the cultural history area, and models of mechanical devices in the technological history area. Periodical exhibits and children's exhibits as well as other events are regularly held.

    A charming small museum, free entry. Displays include Natural Science, Technology and Archeology. Only brief English descriptions so some information is lost if you dont read Japanese. Free...

  • Kaya Steam Locomotive Square
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
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    Kyoto Yosagunyosanochou Taki 941-2
    This is an exhibition square in Yosano Town, Yosa County, Kyoto Prefecture. Steam and diesel locomotives, passenger and cargo cars used in bygone years are exhibited here. On display is also a rail car turntable, an engine shed where repairs were done, and you can ride on the miniature train, the Rocket, that circles the grounds. Adjoining the exhibit is a cafe where you can enjoy their specialty coffee, and a meal.

    Once the areas called Kaya and Yamada in today’s Yosano Town was connected by a private railway. Initially the railway its operation in 1926 for passenger and freight services to connect the Kaya...

  • Orinasukan hand-weaving Museum
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Ward Kamifuku-ji Temple Kamifukuji Upper-stand Distillery 692 Oguro Town
    This museum which opened in the first year of the Heisei period (1989) in the traditional oriyadate “Nishijin Textile Building” displays materials and tools related to Japanese hand weaving including Kyoto’s traditional Nishijin silk fabrics. There are 90 items preserved and on display in various themed exhibitions, such as rare pieces of clothing including those worn from the end of the Edo period to beginning of the Showa period, reconstructed Noh theater costumes, and items that have completely disappeared from present-day Japan. There are also workshop viewing and hand-weaving activities available where you can make and take home your own piece. The nearest bus stops are Senbon Kamidachiuri or Imadegawa Jofukuji.

    We thoroughly enjoyed this unique museum related to the weaving of high quality silk designs for kimono and obi. After reading several of the negative reviews here I though a few comments would be...

  • Kyoto Arashiyama Orgel Museum
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujitateishichou 1-38
    The Kyoto Arashiyama Orgel Museum is about five minutes' walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station in Kyoto's Ukyo Ward. It houses a collection of more than 150 valuable music boxes, including the oldest music box in the world. Visitors can see demonstrations of Western-made automata and buy music boxes of their own in the museum shop.

    附設咖啡廳的音樂盒博物館。座位不多的咖啡廳,主要供應咖啡、薄煎餅和蛋糕。咖啡種類選擇少,蛋糕外觀和味道一般。

  • Museum of Kyoto
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Sanjoutakakura
    This museum introduces the history and traditions of Kyoto via a variety of means, providing visitors with a comprehensive understanding of Kyoto culture. The permanent exhibit presents the history of Kyoto from the Heian period to the Showa period via three zones, with a focus on fascinating actual Kyoto artifacts such as cultural properties and costumes used in the Gion Festival. The multiple special exhibits held each year are also popular with visitors. The museum’s theater presents masterworks of film relating to Kyoto. The red brick Annex building, an Important Cultural Property constructed in 1906, was originally the Kyoto branch office of the Bank of Japan. The museum’s Roji Tempo area recreates an Edo period street lined with Kyoto merchants’ homes, and here visitors can enjoy dining and shopping at numerous restaurants and shops. Karasuma Oike Station is the closest station to the museum.
  • Japanese Oni Exchange Museum
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    Kyoto Prefecture Fukuchiyama city Oemachi Buddha 909
    "A museum where you can learn about oni, mythical Japanese creatures similar to ogres and demons. The museum was built on the site of a copper mine in April 1993 as part of an urban revitalization project. The one story museum's exterior is designed to evoke the power of oni. Inside, the museum presents three oni legends connected to Mt. Oe and also has exhibits on traditional performing arts relating to oni as well as oni masks from around the country. The museum's collection of oni dolls and oni folding screen paintings reveal the various facets of Japanese oni, providing visitors with the opportunity to consider just what an ""oni"" is. The museum also has a library and video corner and offers coloring activities and picture story shows for children."

    The Museums idea is good, but its collections are of low quality and their display is not well planned and executed. This museum was once the town of Ooe (Oe) museum specialized in oni or devils...

  • Tango Chirimen History Museum
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    Kyoto Yosagunyosanochou Iwaya 317
    This museum is in Yosano Town, Yosa County, Kyoto Prefecture. Housed in an old factory site, visitors can observe the whole chirimen silk crepe making process from weaving to dyeing. You can also buy silk items like rare cuts of hagire cloth and scarves while getting a feel for the production of silk goods as it's been handed down since the middle Edo period.

    歴史館と銘打っていますが、半分は絹製品売り場です。丹後縮緬の歴史に興味があるので、期待して行きましたが、縮緬や丹後地域の歴史的文化的な解説はとおりいっぺんのもので、残念でした。

  • Kotobiki Nakisuna Cultural Center
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    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Aminochoukakedu 1250
    This is a museum in Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture. Built around the well known theme of the local barking sand, which makes a sound when moved, one can experientially learning about this natural phenomenon here. You can view the barking sand from beaches in Japan, and also compare them with the microscope photos of barking sands of overseas beaches. Even if the weather in inclement on the Kotobiki beach, you can enjoy making the sand bark at the hands-on corner inside the center.

    博物館ではなく文化館となっているのは、鳴き砂を守る市民活動と連動しているからです。 鳴き砂の研究をしている方や、地域で海を守る方、各地の鳴き砂を守る人たちのつながりなど、鳴き砂愛を感じます。 微小貝探しに燃えれます。

  • Ryozen Museum of History
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Seikanjiryousanchou 1
    A museum located across from Kyoto Ryozen Gokoku Shrine and south of the Kodai-ji Zen Temple. The museum opened in 1970 as Japan’s first dedicated to the holistic researching of Japanese history from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji Restoration. The museum collects, researches, and displays the personal effects of historic personages and other artifacts from the period regardless of which side of the Restoration they were on. The museum exhibits pieces from among its collection of over 5,000 objects based on a given theme.
  • Ayabe City Astronomical Museum Pao
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    Kyoto Ayabe-shi Satocho Hisada 21-8
    This popular astronomical museum features many fun hands-on exhibits including a real meteorite that you can touch and scales that show your weight in space to illustrate the gravity on different extraterrestrial bodies. The museum holds nighttime stargazing events every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Please be aware stargazing parties are only hold when the weather is clear. Some celestial bodies can also be observed during the daytime, so check with a museum staff member if you would like to see them during the daytime through the telescope.

    宇宙や気象に関する様々な展示がありました。 天文館パオの天文台は、 最大級の大きさらしいと聞きましたので、 びっくりしました。

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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