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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  • We were not episkefthoyme the Kyoto National Museum (3 minutes walk from the Hyatt where we were staying) that we pulled the look and only with the particular architecture of the Grand main building: Baroque with Japanese details, red brick & metal, impressive curved roofs (like mountains) ... Started as "Imperial Museum" in the late 19th century, is large with several buildings and houses primarily exhibits art eveni. worship. Located in renovation and offers half-price ticket of monimis collection (periodic reports are not affected).
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  • Main building was in closing sales in new wing only, but this is terrible. You will get tired of walking for the elderly because the design of the famous architect from the appearance as Jerry-a large dynamic line ignore structure and cost, will be one, and only around. No exhibition but also to see how was the exhibition period of the normal, was a waste of time. Or better was Lin school exhibition in the main building was formerly very calm in couldn't appreciate the satisfaction of low throw to work building my collection if this level, rebuilding Houkou-ji Temple with great Buddha, excavation and maintenance even the grounds of the Museum. There was atmosphere an idle employees and agency positions are used, or in the table. Seems to very very interested in the operation of the facility and visitor satisfaction up, apparently very great teacher of the honorary Director. (Non-Executive Director and Adviser to Japan right now does not work many will in time as well as becoming a problem, too, soon world of art they mend?) not recommended except when there is a waste of time and money, so just watch in a special exhibition.
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  • The old building was closed for renovation and the modern building was pretty boring. Is himself interested in Japanese history, but it was the things just lined up in glass display cases. Nothing around it, which gave added value. Maybe come back when the renovation is complete?
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  • The Kyoto National Museum was a great place to read about some of the history of Kyoto. I would recommend going here even though my person experience was slightly more lame than you'd expect with one of the major halls closed for renovation. Even still, the rest of the museum was great to walk through.
  • This picturesque museum offers visitors a stark juxtaposition upon entry as the old museum meets the new contemporary structure; a marvel of modern architecture, this building is breathtaking in design and well worth the visit. Inside is a vast array of ancient ceramics, paintings, garments, scrolls and many other artefacts. If you’re lucky, you may meet Torarin, the Museum’s character mascot!
  • 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.
  • There are a lot of old things (oc its a museum), Kimono, katana, big giant Buddha statue, the souvenirs part it is not so good but not bad either...

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