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Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
(3.9/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Kyoto National Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Kyoto travel itinerary maker.
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  • 大概京都到處都是古蹟吧,所以古物擺在各處就好,不需要大費周章的放在同一個地方!這裡大部分是借展的東西,自己本身的東西不多,即使要看,要分很次來。地方太小了 
  • The permanent exhibition is in the works (which is not necessarily indicated when you arrive), so you can see that the temporary exhibition. This is interesting if we remove all the manuscripts written in Japanese which are very numerous, and when you do not read Japanese... Status, swords and Samurai clothes are clearly objects to see. This museum, as it is under construction is not a staple of Kyoto.
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  • It is National Museum and it gave a good insight of the Samurai story. However, I wanted more from this museum and I felt something was lacking. With the busy crowds and the orderly approach to lookin...  more »
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  • Small museum, but very well made. Very quiet, calm atmosphere which allows you to really appreciate the pieces. The audio guide is well worth the 500Y. Our favorite part were the large buddha and warrior statues. I only wish we could have taken pictures!
  • The museum is alot more entertaining if one speaks Japanese. there is for more info on the plaques to read in Japanese than there is in English. The museum has very annoying rules. 1st there is a strict no photo rule, regardless of what the exhibit is. I understand that photos can damage paintings but I have never heard of it damaging pottery and swords or statues. Also there is a strict no water rule which is very annoying. Also the museum smells quite bad.
  • One of the must-see places in Kyoto. Old building standing next to its modern counterpart makes for a really interesting scenery. There are a lot of exhibitions at any given time so anyone can find there something interesting. A good break from shrines and temples of Kyoto. Nice souvenir shop too with some original options for gifts including goods featuring museum mascot Torarin.
  • I think it helps a lot to know the basics of Japanese history and buddhism already before the visit. The exhibits are visually nice, some few even impressive, but for a holistic and rational understanding you need some background many foreigners probably won't have. Almost all visitors around were Japanese, by the way. Maybe for the future the museum might consider adding two or three rooms which introduce Japanese history to foreigners specifically.
  • Modern sophisticated architect...collections are also amazing...especially Buddhist's sculptures...