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  • Kyoto International Manga Museum
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    4.0
    596 Reviews
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    Karasuma-ku Ikegami Le, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
    This manga museum in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto, is Japan's largest manga museum. It first opened in 2006. Including valuable works from the Meiji period and the post-WWII period as well as popular modern titles and foreign works, they have almost 300,000 pieces in their collection. One of their showcases is a ''Manga Wall'' with 50,000 volumes of manga arrayed on bookcases that visitors can freely read. The spacious building is the former Tatsuike Elementary School and people can be found everywhere inside or outside on the lawn reading manga. This is a popular location for foreign tourists and couples.

    Im a fan of manga, but unfortunately, cannot read Japanese. If youre like me, I wouldnt especially recommend this museum. Its essentially a big library, but the VAST majority of manga in here are...

  • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakienshoujichou
    This art museum inside Okazaki Park in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City first opened its doors in 1963. The museum’s annex, a modern building of glass and gray walls, was completed in 1986. The museum collects and preserves modern art from both within Japan and around the world and boasts a collection of over 12,000 pieces. The museum places particular emphasis on art from Western Japan and the Kansai region with a focus on Kyoto and has a collection of many works from the Kyoto and Kansai art worlds. The museum also displays industrial art pieces. In addition to a permanent exhibit whose contents are changed periodically, the museum also holds special exhibitions. The adjoining authentic Italian café is also popular.
  • Hosomi Museum
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    4.0
    74 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakisaishoujichou 6-3
    An art museum primarily dedicated to ancient Japanese art located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. The museum first opened in 1998. The museum displays pieces collected by three generations of the Hosomi family, which was started by industrialist and Japanese art collector Kokoan Hosomi. The museum’s collection spans some 1,000 pieces and covers virtually every genre and period of Japanese art, including Shinto and Buddhist art, tea ceremony art, and Edo paintings. The museum holds a variety of special exhibits. It also houses a tea room and shop and is adjoined by a café, making it a popular place for art lovers.

    Small but exhibitions with exquisite taste. Beautiful woodcuts and paintings in an intimate setting. Well worth your time to spend hours there without being rushed or hurried.

  • Shokoku-ji Temple Jotenkaku Museum
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    4.5
    66 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kamigyo-ku Imadegawa-ku Karasuma Dongyu
    This art museum is on the grounds of Shokoku-ji Temple in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City. It opened in 1984 as part of the celebrations of Shokoku-ji Temple's 600-year anniversary. It collects and displays writings, paintings, and works of art from a variety of temples including Shokoku-ji Temple, Rokuon-ji Temple (the Golden Pavilion), Jisho-ji Temple (the Silver Pavilion), and other sub-temples. Here you can see five National Treasures of Japan, 145 Important Cultural Properties of Japan, and a great number of Cultural Properties of Japan. Their permanent displays include famous painted sliding doors from Rokuon-ji Temple by Ito Jakuchu, ''Budo Shokinzu'' (Grapes and Small Bird) and ''Tsukiyo Bashozu'' (Japanese banana on a moonlight night).

    It is a nice and beautiful museum. The museum is spacious and the exhibition was nice and rich during the visit. It was unfortunate that we did not have enough time to stay longer to see more art...

  • Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu Buddhist temple in front of Shimokita Shimizu 3-337-1
    An art museum dedicated to collecting and displaying primarily cloisonné ware, gold and silver lacquerware, metalwork, earthenware, and carvings from the late Edo, Meiji, and Taisho periods. The owner, enchanted with the artworks of the Meiji period made with such fine technique, came up with the idea of opening a museum after attempting to purchase masterpieces from the period that had ended up overseas. The contents of the museum’s standing exhibits is completely changed out once each year. The Museum also holds special exhibitions every three months.

    Its not a very big museum, but that just adds to the whole coziness of the place. Exhibits are nicely done in a traditional way.

  • Raku Museum
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kamigyo-ku Osho-koji Road Ichijo Ru
    Raku ware is an art and craft form which has existed from some 450 years, since the Momoyama period. This art museum, adjoining the Raku ware studio, was founded in 1978 on Aburanokouji Street Ichijo kudaru by Raku Kichizaemon, 14th head of the family. The museum’s collection of historic pieces, tea ceremony implements, and ancient documents spanning have been passed down for 450 years to serve as models for the next generation and serves as the core of the tradition that is Raku ware.

    The exhibit we saw was a small collection of ancient tea bowls and some modern versions. The explanations were very brief and highly specialized. If you are not already a fan of Raku ancient bowls, I...

  • Kyoto Prefectural Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts
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    3.5
    37 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Hiranokamiyanagichou 26-3
    An art museum located close to the Kinugasa Campus of Ritsumeikan University which collects the works of Japanese painter Insho Domoto, who flourished in the Taisho and Showa periods. Established in 1966 by the artist himself for the display of his works, in 1991 the museum was donated to Kyoto Prefecture. In addition to the artworks themselves, the entire museum, designed inside and out by Domoto, could be called a work of art by the man.

    This museum is for Mr.Domoto who was a famous Japanese painter between 1910 -1970. An unique combination of Japanese and Western painting techniques. It locates close to the famous Kinkakuji and...

  • Nomura Art Museum
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenjishimokawarachou 61
    An art museum located near the north gate of the Nanzen-ji Zen Temple. The museum was founded in 1984 based largely around the collection of Tokushichi Nomura, founder of Nomura Securities. The museum’s collection consists of tea ceremony implements, paintings, calligraphy works, Noh masks, and Noh costumes gathered by Nomura, who, while being active as an industrialist, also greatly enjoyed the tea ceremony and Noh theater. The museum displays selections from its collection of some 1,700 items, including seven Important Cultural Properties such as calligraphic works by Sesson Shukei and Syuho Myocho.
  • Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum
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    4.5
    51 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Nishishinyashikiageyachou 32
    One often hears of geisha quarter “Shimabara” in Kyoto period dramas. Now it is Nishishinyashiki Ageya-cho, and what remains of that time is the Sumiya Motenashi Museum of Art and Culture. Sumiya was a high-class pleasure house built at the beginning of the establishment of Shimabara in 1641. The wide garden facing the tatami room has a tea house, and the place was used not only for parties but tea ceremonies and gathering of haiku poets too. In 1952 it was designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan as a place retaining the culture of feasts and hospitality.

    This place is a real find and usually off the beaten tourist track for non Japanese. To get the best its advisable to have the benefit of an interpreter. We hired a Japanese tour guide for the day as...

  • Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art
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    Kyoto Prefecture Otsumi-gun Oyamazaki Town 5-3
    Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art is located in the town of Oyamazaki, Otokuni County, Kyoto Prefecture. Industrialist Shotaro Kaga designed and built the original building, Oyamazaki Villa, which was later remodeled and converted to a museum. It holds exhibits and displays collections of artists associated with the folk art movement. Located on the slopes of Mount Tennozan, it offers a beautiful panoramic view of the confluence of three rivers: the Kizu River, the Uji River, and the Katsura River.
  • Koryo Museum of Art
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Shichiku Kamishi-machi 15
    As an institution focused on displaying and researching the arts and crafts of the Korean peninsula, the Koryo Museum of Art has a collection of nearly 1,700 items. These cover a wide range: archeological artifacts, such as polished stone knives, tiles, and copper mirrors, ceramics such as Koryo celadon and Korean white porcelain, wooden craftwork decorated with mother-of-pearl and horn, landscapes, paintings of plants and animals, and vernacular paintings, Buddhist art, and ethnographic materials. The museum changes its exhibits four or five times per year on a rotating basis.

    찿아가기는 어렵지 않다 버스하차 반대방향으로 일분도 안걸린다 시내에서 떨어져있어 한적하고 좋다 실내 사진금지라 안타깝지만 역시나 작품하나하나가 황홀하다 묘도 고양이 그림과 백자기와 병풍 서랍장 곱기만 하다 2 층은 비디오 두점을 볼 수 있게 책도 자유관람 할 수 있게 해 놓았어요 밖으로는 항아리 등이 있었는데 참. 이뿌네요 다시 오라면 꼭 다시. 옵니다

  • Kitamura Museum
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Kawaramachimadegawa Minami Musume Eastern Inka Kajicho 448
    Kitamura Kinjiro was a businessman and tea master. The Kitamura Museum displays his collection according to various themes, giving guests a chance to see important cultural properties and other works of art. It's open to the public during spring and autumn. Listed as a national tangible cultural property in 2001, the entrance way and waiting room, roofed passage and outer seat, front gate, and detached tea room of the Shikunshien sukiya style tea house are all open to the public periodically during its operating season.

    北村謹次郎(1904-1991)の収集品、主に古美術・茶道具を中心とした作品が展示されている小さな博物館です。赤いレンガ造りの建物がとてもモダンです。

  • Kyocera Museum of Art
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Takedatobadonochou 6 Kyocera head office building 1F
    Originating in Qing dynasty China, the Kyocera Museum of Art displays Qianlong glassware, elaborately designed snuff bottles, fine gyokuji Kyocera ceramics, and more. They have permanent installations of Picasso prints and Japanese paintings and hold special exhibitions in a wide range of genres. Admission is free, making it very accessible.
  • Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Annex
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakisaishoujichou 13 within Okazaki Park
    This museum is in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. Originally the Kyoto Municipal Auditorium East Hall, an annex of the Kyoto Kaikan Hall, it opened as a museum in 2000. With a characteristic Japanese-style facade, it holds art related events including exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, and literature.
  • Shokado Garden Art Museum
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    Kyoto Yawatashi Yawata Ominaeshi 43-1
    This garden art museum is associated with Shokado Shojo, who was the priest of Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine in Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture in the beginning of the Edo period (1603-1868). Works tied to Shojo are on display. In addition, the Shokado Garden is where you can enjoy cultural assets that are national historical sites and scenic spots such as Soan Shokado and Izumi-bo Shoin along with the scenery of the four seasons. Also known as the birthplace of the Shokado Bento lunch box, you can eat it while watching the garden from Kyoto Kitcho Shokado Store on site.
  • Garden of Fine Arts Kyoto
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    4.5
    54 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Shimogamohangicho
    "A one-minute walk from Kitayama Station and a five-minute walk from the ""Kitayama Ekimae"" bus stop. This outdoor art museum adjoins the Kyoto Concert Hall. The museum consists of murals created with ceramic tiles. The museum is a world-first experiment at creating a mural garden enjoyed outdoors. In total, there are eight murals on display, four of which were exhibited at the 1990 International Garden and Greenery Exposition. The remaining four were newly created and thus can only be viewed here."

    When I got down at Kitayama station and came out I just found this museum. The outer look was quite impressive and name of Garden of Ceramic plate paintings attracted me. After entering immediately...

  • Chado Research Center
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Kamigyo-ku Horikawa-dori Teranouchi Agaru Teranouchitatecho
    "A three-minute walk from the ""Horikawa Teranouchi"" bus stop and a 10-minute walk from the ""Horikawa Imadegawa"" bus stop. This art museum, located inside the Chado Research Center Gallery in the Urasenke Center, holds special exhibitions and displays a large number of tea utensils and tea ceremony-related materials. Visitors can also view a duplicate of the famous Yuin tearoom in the tearoom area on the second floor. When holding exhibitions, the museum also conducts appropriate lectures and, popular with students and international tourists, holds tea ceremony experiences that are easy even for absolute beginners to understand."

    Not at all what I expected for a tea ceremony! Firstly you have to remove all your jewellery ( in case it damages the ancient cups they use. )and of course your shoes and bags ( no photos allowed...

  • Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
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    3.5
    30 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 271
    A three-minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station and a five-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station. This art museum is located just east of the intersection of Hanamikoji-dori Street and Shijo-dori Street. The museum has exhibition spaces on floors B1 through 5. Focusing on works by Kagaku Murakami, Kaoru Yamaguchi, and Rosanjin and has exhibition spaces dedicated to collections of pieces by each of these artists. In addition, the museum has numerous other modern paintings, calligraphy pieces, photographs, and other works of art and holds several special exhibitions throughout the year which make use of the entire museum excluding the Rosanjin exhibit. There's also a museum shop.

    This is a 10-minute visit museum not worth your time or money. Would have written more if there was what to write about

  • The Museum of Kyoto: Museum Shop Kyoto Benrido
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Takakuradori Sanjo Agaru Higashikatacho 623-1
    A three-minute walk from the number five exit of subway Karasuma Oike Station. This museum shop is located on the first floor of the Museum of Kyoto, a cultural facility which introduces the history and culture of Kyoto. The shop is filled with unique, traditional Kyoto crafts, including art postcards with Japanese paintings of famous Kyoto sights, traditional bird and wildlife comic merchandise, and hand-printed Yuzen fabric goods. The shop carries 200 art postcards at any given time. Its gifts and souvenirs to commemorate your visit to the museum, such as original tote bags and ippitsusen stationary. There are also a wide variety of products featuring images from the famous National Treasure-designated Choju-jinbutsu-giga picture scroll, including stamps and folding fans.
  • Museum 'EKi' KYOTO
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Karasuma-dori Shiokoji Sagaru Higashi-shiokojicho
    An art museum on the 7th floor of the JR Kyoto Isetan building. It is popular for its easy accessibility including from the grand open staircase that first opened in 1997. Exhibitions cover a wide variety of genres including paintings, photography, picture books, handicrafts, animation, and fashion and include both domestic and foreign pieces of art.

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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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