Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Japan  /  Kinki  /  Kyoto Prefecture  /  Kyoto  /  Museums  /  Kyoto International Manga Museum
Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto
(3.4/5 based on 360+ 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.
Create a full Kyoto itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Kyoto

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Kyoto by other users

8 days in Japan BY A USER FROM HONG KONG January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Japan BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA March, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, shopping, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 45 days in Asia & Middle East BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 37 days in Asia & Middle East BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA January, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 51 days in Dubai & Asia BY A USER FROM ARUBA June, outdoors, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDONESIA April, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: April, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDONESIA April, culture, relaxing, romantic, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, romantic, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDONESIA April, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Once upon a time, until the latest cartoon from a wide variety of comics from the wall of comics-to-view. Of course, Japanese comics, followed by ... I can't read ... When I was a kid I've seen enjoying the rose of Versailles was great too, and my favorite of the Detective Conan series ... So many cartoonists have been cleaned up a large number of high walls, tossed the entire wall on the second floor, Bala. I'm not sure that every hour, one aimed at the visitors in the room on the second floor, such as quizzes, funny events. Draws a picture area, and lay on the lawn outdoors will see a lot of the people are resting. If you're someone who likes comics seemed to be a Gourmand FICA!
    View original
  • We took the subway from Kyoto Station - it's just up the street from the Karasuma Oiko exit. Entrance fees must be paid in cash, no credit cards are accepted. You put your money in a ticket machine an...  more »
  • My wife loved the Manga museum; she really enjoyed flicking through the endless selection of Manga on show. But that's about the limit of the appeal of this Museum, at the end of the day it's more of ...  more »
Google
  • 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 )