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Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto

(3.9/5 based on 280+ 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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  • It is always doing something, entertainment, permanent exhibits very good. Many are from the Jomon period pottery found in other Buddhist images in each era, folding and pottery, Japanese decoration. Admission is 500 yen for a reasonable. Tigers mascot character of Karin's present. It was Sakamoto ryoma exhibition recently. Seen what his favorite Dragon horse always admission is more expensive but a lot and was very informative. Also, would you want to go find entertainment in the near future is of interest.
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  • You can see the exhibit on the ground floor from the second floor. You can see at a point not in the point of view of statues were on display on the ground floor, but the view from the second floor and look around on the other side, genuinely impressed. I'm so good at admission deals?.
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  • Most exhibits are written in Japanese and consisted of screen paintings and much less than expected. Cafe was overbooked despite their being empty seats . Th only nice thing was the view of the outsid...  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...