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Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto

(3.3/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
Explore Japanese art and culture at Kyoto International Manga Museum, an institution dedicated to Japanese comic books. Find out about the subject matter and drawing styles of some of the most famous and influential manga, and learn how the focus and aesthetics have developed since the making of the museum's earliest pieces, which date back to the 19th century. Set in an old elementary school (incidentally, a common setting in many manga), the museum has temporary exhibits and a permanent collection of over 300,000 manga. Take an introductory drawing lesson, and have your portrait drawn by one of the resident artists. For Kyoto International Manga Museum and beyond, use our Kyoto vacation route planner to get the most from your Kyoto vacation.
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  • The art of manga belongs to Japanese culture such as eating with chopsticks. As we travel through this diverse country, we wanted to visit the manga Museum. Coincidentally, we had another rainy day, which perfectly fit. The museum itself is an old school, which is a room with paintings and Scriptures in the second floor is dedicated to. All the rest is about the art of manga. You can learn a lot about the history of manga, on the manufacture, circulation of money and the different styles. The main signs and graphics have in addition to Japanese and the English language on it. The big Wow effect but then enters the a room where under the ceiling books and folders sorted has kept by year and artist. Must be thousands of them. And the best part of the whole is, all you can borrow and read. It has enough seats of and corners where you can curl up with a few mangas. It is nice and warm weather, you can spend even in the Park in front of the Museum. Who until now had nothing to do with this art on the hat, which is in one to two hours and has looked at everything. But who wants it, to read manga by different artists or to compare the decades, which takes much time themselves. Another tip for German-speaking: just at the entrance it is manga in different languages and also a few copies in German. The rest is, whom would it surprise in Japanese. Our group had no prior knowledge and spent over two hours in the Museum.
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  • This is not your typical museum - it is wall to wall full of children and adults reading their chosen Manga from the libraries. I have genuinely never seen such enthusiasm for reading by so many peopl...  more »
  • This is more of a library and we'll stocked at that, than a museum. But if you are a Manga fan it must be heaven. For those that are not you can study the chronological presentation, go see the work s...  more »
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  • Overhyped, the name should be changed to manga library, it has very little of museum, other than being a museum for the former primary school that has nothing to do with manga.
  • The museum is worth a visit if you're interested in manga. It's almost like a library, there are books and seats everywhere, with a lot of people reading. There's a display on manga history and style, and when I visited there was a very good exhibition on Hisashi Eguchi on display. This might not be there when you go. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays there are also live demonstrations where artists do their normal work drawing and inking manga, you are free to watch, it's well worth it. The small cafe was good, and the walls are covered in illustrations from artists that have visited.
  • bit dissapointed there wasnt more on the history on manga and the culture. nice building, but entry fee was steep.
  • Even as a manga fan, I didn't think that the exhibits were particularly interesting (maybe because I don't read Japanese?). The museum was pretty crowded as well. The main attraction is the manga library (there are two full shelves of English books, and many other languages as well) which you can sit and read for as long as you like. Even if you sit to read one book, the museum fee has paid for itself!
  • ** Kyoto International Manga Museum 京都国際漫画博物館 Japanese Manga has become a traditional core of our Culture. Located on Karasuma street close to the corner where it meeet Oike street, this manga museum opened in 2005. They have Developed and opened through the deep understanding and active cooperation of local residents, as a joint project of Kyoto City and Kyoto Seika University, the Kyoto International Manga Museum was established on the site of the former Tatsuike Primary School. This is a place where you can enjoy spending your day learning the history of Japanese Manga Culture. This place offers a great opportunity to be in close touch with this unique nature of this culture. ( Trans-word+ : TGM Kyoto Guide )