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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. Put Kyoto National Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Kyoto travel itinerary maker.
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  • We were turned away today today, May 16, 2017. Told the museum is being extensively renovated and will be closed for a long time.. There's only a side exhibition going on of Kano art, whatever that is...  more »
  • Housed in a modern International style satellite building to the original museum is a special temporary exhibit of works by the master Kaiho Yusho from 1573-1615. There are scroll paintings, letters a...  more »
  • The special exhibition on the artwork of Kaiho Yusho was beautiful. However we expected the museum to have more than the one exhibition, and we went through in less than an hour. Given the entry fee w...  more »
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  • New wing is open while the historic building is going under upgrades and renovations. You will definitely feel the respect and history in the atmosphere. My favorite was the donated sword collection. NO PHOTOS Which is proper for the etiquette you must show to everyone and the national treasures.
  • When we were there, some kind of renovation was going on I think, so some sections were closed off. This meant less things to see for the price (which was quite high). In hindsight that was probably a good thing because that meant that I wasted less time here. Kyoto has so many interesting shrines to visit. Focus on visiting those. This place has little more to offer than any other museum. If you want to look at old pots and scrolls, any museum will do.
  • Both exhibition halls are closed, but they offer tickets to see the "garden exhibition" for 260¥ We were stupid enough to buy two tickets. There is no garden exhibition, there is hardly any garden. This is a total ripoff. Don't buy tickets, safe your money for some good food.
  • Tickets for this museum are currently half price because of the extensive restoration the museum is undergoing; this means that a substantial amount of the museum is closed for viewing. Because of this I found the amount of artefacts on view to be quite few, although what were seen were lovely. The museum is kept very well though, and the staff are very nice.
  • Staff were very friendly and helpful. Interesting exhibits with both English and Japanese descriptions. Couldn't take photos though, and this was gracefully stated when I asked the staff.