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Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto

(3.4/5 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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  • If you can read Japanese and are into Manga then this is a must visit. They have a huge selection of mangas and also ones from different countries. They have lots of room for you to read so plan to go...  more »
  • A must see for any manga fan. Thousands of titles in multiple languages. Quirky gift shop with unique items. Usually some event occurring inside or check out your favorite manga go outside one nice da...  more »
  • This museum is fascinating and very well presented. A really interesting combination of museum and library, and a great insight into the history of manga (my teenage son is really into manga but I kne...  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 )