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Museum of Kyoto京都文化博物館

Museum / Science Museum

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.

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place Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Sanjoutakakura
phone 0752220888



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[Comprehensive exhibit] 10:00-19:30 (Admission is until 19:00)
[Special exhibition] 10:00-18:00 (Friday extended until 19:30/Admission is 30 minutes )
[Annex] 10:00-19:30 (different at various events)
[Roseway Store] Depending on the store
Monday(the following day if it falls on a public holiday)
Admission fee
[General Exhibit] General 500 yen, University student 400 yen, Free for high school students and younger
[special exhibition] Different for each exhibition
[annex] Free admission
Parking Lot
Available (30 spaces) * 400 yen per hour
Credit Card
Not available

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Kyoto Main Areas


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.