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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  • October 3, 2017
    Good location on the sunny day walking from Kyoto station. Visited the opening day of the exhibition of national treasures, but not restricted to 11:30 easily gained. You could turn and look comfortable in the deployment was just one good exhibition of and attentive. Staff at facilities, are equipped with shops and restaurants.
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  • September 25, 2017
    More great exhibition building itself was great. Replaces exhibit on a regular basis but now Kyoto does not exhibit what there great museums such as here and there like a top-notch, Tokyo, so almost every time, special exhibition, each time to come here is. Another opening soon will be held a special exhibition to commemorate 120 years, the "national treasure". Remember from is uncertain, but the next month October 3,.... Floats on eyes pretend that large crowds at the same time as this time treasures, treasures from third year or about 41 years... from now forward is in I. So I think it will be a long line from building view and look, tight, Garden day can't bear slowly today we enjoyed with closely.
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  • September 21, 2017
    33 across the Hall opposite is very convenient traffic. 33 across the Hall for many students, here were people overseas. Because there are many exhibit exhibition space, from ancient times until the modern Kyoto seems to be very impressive.
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  • June 17, 2017
    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.
  • April 5, 2017
    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.
  • May 25, 2017
    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.
  • March 20, 2017
    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.
  • April 9, 2017
    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.

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