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Japan Kanji Museum and Library (漢検 漢字博物館・図書館(漢字ミュージアム))


Museum / Science Museum

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.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 551 (Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea)

phone 0757578686

Please check on the WEB site

Review of Japan Kanji Museum & Library

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/07/03 Love this museum
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...
Reviewed:2018/06/30 Worst service experience while in japan (by far)
Very rude staff. More worried about making sure each person has a separate order (1 order per seat and 1 order per person to use toilet) than anything else. There are far friendlier options which...
Reviewed:2018/06/15 Didnt feel welcome ...
We didnt actually enter this museum. At the entrance we were warned by the staff that there were no English explanations for anything. Entry was 800Y pp and there was an English audio guide...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 551 [map]
Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea
Please check on the WEB site
Please check on the WEB site
[Admission fee]
[Adult] 800yen
[College Students/High School Students] 500yen
[Junior High School Students/Elementary School Students] 300yen
[Pre-schoolers/Persons with Disabilities] Free
* Accompanied by 1 people and above Adults discount 300yen per person (up to 2 Adults)
Parking Lot
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Credit Card
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Available (Free Wi-Fi)
English Menu
Available (English pamphlet/audio guide)
Temporary closure:Currently closed (information as of May 20, 2020)
*Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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