Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto

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Understand the evolution of Japanese arts at Kyoto National Museum, one of the most prestigious museums in the country. Originally set in an 1895 building, a huge modern wing with special pavilions was added in 2014. In numerous galleries, the museum tells a concise story of pre-modern Japanese art and Asian art through archeological relics, illustrated handscrolls, calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, and costumes. You can also see a collection of Buddhist paintings, lacquerware, and metalwork. Outdoor exhibits feature stone sculptures from Korea, early stone Buddhas, and Rodin’s "Thinker." Grab a drink at the lovely tea and coffee house, which sits in a spacious landscape garden. The museum is a five-minute walk from Shichijo station. Plan your visit to Kyoto National Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kyoto online visit planner .
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  • Relatively cheap entry at ¥550 per person. Audio guides were another ¥500 each, personally didn’t think they were necessary unless you wanted very in depth information. Most of what was said in the au...  more »
  • I went to see the exhibition of national treasures. Evening of the three-day weekend Japan when you visit. Credit card use, JAF etc discount. On the 3rd floor "seal (Han Committee guy King mark)" the subject line was pulled from the second floor. 20-queue for half an hour and the most popular. Second floor portrait painting corner most popular textbooks with familiar, of Yoritomo. It is bigger than I thought. Ceramic floor in oil tenmoku also separate dynamic line is. Scroll corner of Genji Monogatari emaki KASHIWAGI (three) than he's deep meaning. Sculpture is almost like the Kansai. Metalwork, lacquerware, textiles, including 2-and digestive upset in three hours enough time so caused.
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  • I went to see the treasures of the stage III. 10:00 more people than thought before, but, I was surprised. Also, or what floor exhibits ago people had said "go step by step" forward but not crowded. Gold Seal of the Fukuoka City Museum is a centerpiece of the stage III, was able to look in the front row for the matrix. I wanted to go I stage II stage IV. And try to forget the garden Rodin's the thinker.
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  • Came here on a rainy day to see the National treasures special exhibition. The pieces on display were some of the best I’ve seen. There are 3 floors with a good range in exhibits many on loan from other museums around the country. Unfortunately the permanent exhibition was still under renovation as of late October. Several people are complaining about the price (1500 yen) and how busy it is, however compared with similar special exhibitions in Tokyo I think it’s fairly reasonable and only a little busier (it was raining after all). If you plan a couple of hours and are patient you can get a good view of everything.
  • Saw the Japanese National Treasures exhibition. Some amazing things to see, and well curated, but better curated for the local language, not with English-only speaking tourists in mind. It was very crowded (likely mostly due to the weather and it being the weekend), but they were efficient in pacing people through into the museum itself and then into the exhibit.
  • The worst museum I have ever visited in my life. Zero value of the items, bad English translation, no photos allowed. The museum presents just several rooms, and you will find there nothing but so called "calligraphy" (which is unlike the Chinese one unintelligible), some poor drawings (sorry, but that's my humble opinion) and various Buddha statues and shinto items). Ah, there are some really nice paintings... from China. Also you can find a couple of nice swords. That's it. For ¥1500.
  • I believe there's no choice but to visit this museum else if you decide somewhere to go. Truly reccomend for sort of artistic enthusiasts! Like those who dare to stay KYOTO!
  • Very well curated exhibitions and wheelchair accessible which is great for my mother but the place is so crowded that is hard to appreciate anything.

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