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  • Kyoto International Conference Center
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Iwakuraosagichou 422
    An international conference center which was built as Japan's first national conference facility. Used as a space by many for exchange and gatherings, in addition to the main building and an event hall, the facility is also adjoined by a hotel. The facility also has a Japanese garden on the grounds surrounded by lush natural beauty which is dedicated to the theme of people gathering and talking in nature.
  • Miyakomesse
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    3.5
    27 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakiseishoujichou 9-1
    This event venue was constructed in commemoration of the 1,200th anniversary of the ancient capital of Heian-Kyo and first opened its doors in 1996. The event hall is used for a variety of events such as those promoting traditional industries. The hall’s exhibition and meeting spaces are used for trade fairs and other functions. The venue also hosts the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts and the Japan Design Museum, two permanent exhibitions which present the style and the traditional industries of Kyoto. A café/restaurant adjoins the museum, as well as the museum’s shop, which sells traditional crafts. Higashiyama Station is the closest station to the venue.

    イベント、大きな会議、学会等で利用されてるような印象でした。今回は京都大学の入学式(近年毎年こちらで開催)に出席しました。

  • Kyoto Concert Hall
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shimogamohangichou 1-26
    This municipal concert hall opened in 1995 in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. Equipped with the best audio equipment for classical music, there is a pipe organ in its shoebox-style 1,833-seat large hall made by renowned German specialist Johannes Klais Orgelbau GmbH & Co. KG. The 510-seat small hall is made for small orchestras and chamber music. The 12 pillars of the entrance hall and helical smooth slopes make up a refined architecture that is not to be missed.

    It’s one of the architectural gems of Kyoto. To see if you enjoy modern architecture. There is a cafeteria to have a break on a hot day of sightseeing. Nearby there are other interesting modern...

  • Kyoto Botanical Garden
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shimogamohangichou
    Opened in 1924, this is Japan’s oldest public botanical garden. Some 120 thousand plants grow on the garden’s spacious grounds, spanning some 12 thousand varieties. The south side of the garden features the front entrance flower beds blooming with seasonal flowers, a rose garden, and one of the largest greenhouses in Japan, were visitors can enjoy rare tropical plants such as welwitschia and baobab. The north side of the garden includes the virgin Nakaragi Forest and a garden presenting a natural plant ecology as well as cherry trees, Japanese apricot trees, and Japanese irises. The cherry tree blossoms from mid-March to late April are truly splendid and their illumination at night is a must-see. Children of junior high school age and younger as well as senior citizens 70 years of age and older may enter free. Kitayama Station is the closest station to the garden.

    京都府立植物園内にあり、疲れた時に休めますが、紅葉の見頃である寒い季節に行ったためかガラガラでした。

  • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
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    4.0
    123 Reviews
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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.

    This Gallery is somewhat difficult to get to, depending where you are staying... save stress catch a taxi but have google map pre-organised as most taxi drivers cannot speak even basic English. Like...

  • Kyoto City Zoo
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    3.5
    216 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakihoushoujichou In Okazaki Park
    A zoo established by the city of Kyoto located in the Okazaki area of Sakyo Ward. This historic zoo was the second to be opened in the country, having begun operating in 1903. The zoo is dedicated to animal breeding and has achieved the first successful breeding in Japan of species such as lions, tigers, western lowland gorillas, and lar gibbons. The zoo houses numerous exhibits only found here, including an Asian elephant herd in the Forest of Elephants and a Gorilla House where visitors can see gorillas learning with the use of touch panels, a first in Japan. In the Otogi no Kuni (Fairy Land) exhibit Animals, used to the presence of humans such as domesticated farm animals can be viewed up close and touched, providing visitors to have fun while learning about the preciousness of life.

    Incredibly small enclosures for everything. Sad elephants. Over cramped spaces. These animals deserve so much better

  • Hosomi Museum
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    4.0
    71 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.

    It's hard to believe that a museum with such a fine collection should present itself as if from the inside of a trash can. It's a desecration of the first order and confirms the truth that many...

  • Shokoku-ji Temple Jotenkaku Museum
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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).
  • Metro
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kawabatamarutamachi Shimo Shimukayecho 82 Emi-Su building B1F
    Opened in 1990, this club and live house is one of Japan's most venerable, and covers music from a wide range of genres. Numerous events are held on weekdays and weekends, with many clubbers and music lovers crowding the venue every night. In the evening, they have a culture school called Metro University that invites lecturers from many genres including music, movies, theater and literature, and it is utilized by people of all ages. It is appealing for its close proximity to Jingu-Marutamachi Station and its excellent location with easy access.
  • Raku Museum
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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.
  • Kyoto Prefectural Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts
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    4.0
    24 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 small museum is impressive (and free if you are over 65 and have a document to prove it). The collection is very interesting and well-displayed although there are fewer explanations in English...

  • Nomura Art Museum
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
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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.

    This is a great small museum, extremely well located in a beautiful neighborhood, near Nanzenji and the other great temples of Higashiyama. In our November visit they had a ground floor exhibit of...

  • Nishijin Textile Center
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    3.5
    149 Reviews
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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.

    We visited here as part of a tour. After an interesting fashion show of modern product (arrive early if you expect a seat), we wandered through the museum and gift shop, which offers great deals on...

  • Okazaki Park
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakisaishoujichou other
    This is a comprehensive public park which opened in 1895 using the grounds of the Fourth National Industrial Exhibition. The park is home to facilities such as the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art and the Kyoto City Zoo, and is located in a spot where many cultural exchange facilities can be found including Nanzen-ji Temple to the east and Heian Jingu Shrine to the north.
  • Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Ward, Kamigyo-ku Karasuma-ku Ichijo Shimuru Ryumae-cho 590-1
    This performing arts hall known affectionately as “ALTI” opened in 1988. It is configurable for 424 concert-style seats and 560 arena-style seats. The electric floor lifting mechanism allows the use of various stages, and the fine acoustics of the place are also well known. As well as presentations related to Kyoto communal cultural activities, the hall also holds a variety of national and international productions. The closest station is Imadegawa Station.
  • 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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    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.
  • Coffee House Jittoku
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    2 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi, Kamigyo-ku Omiya Tousen Shimo Tadashi Le Hushiya-machi 815
    This live house is in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City. Housed in a refurbished sake brewery, their interior decor features tables and chairs made from sake barrels. Various bands and musical artists perform live, so you can drink and dine while enjoying the music. The menu offers a wide range of casual fare such as pilaf and their jittoku tanindon rice bowl.

    学生の頃から「拾得」と言えば、京都の音楽シーンを代表するライブハウスとして有名でした。酒蔵を改装して作られた古い建物は、京都の学生たちの熱い想いや歌声をずっと見守り続けてきたかと思うと感無量です。久々に足を運んでみましたが、ほんと当時の思い出がよみがえってきますね。

  • 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.
  • "Kyoto City Outdoor Activities Facility ""Hanase Yama no Ie"""
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Hanasebesshochou 399
    This natural activity facility is located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto. Inside the extensive grounds, there are accommodation facilities and lodges that can cater to 400 people. In addition, there is a camp site, astronomical observatory and outdoor obstacle course, so you can enjoy outdoor leisure activities while communing with nature. There are also rooms to conduct training activities, making the facilities available for a wide variety of applications.

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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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