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Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto

Categories: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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3.9/5 based on 240+ 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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  • If you run into a rainy day in Kyoto, the museum is worth it. Nice and diverse exhibitions related to the history of Japan. 
  • 博物館新館的建築非常舒服,展間中行走時偶爾會發現觀展人本身也成為展設的一部分,展間的安排也很有脈絡,古代佛像與佛經保存的很完整,是在日本其他地方的博物館看不到的。 
  • During your stay in Kyoto cannot miss a visit to this which is the most interesting City Museum and one of the largest in Japan. Excellent collection of paintings and sculptures from the Heian period. The Museum, founded in 1895, is divided into twenty rooms and plan a few hours for the visit. Interesting temporary exhibitions. It is open every day except Monday, from 9.30 to 17. Admission 500 YEN.
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  • 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.
  • Crowded with tourists like most of Kyoto. Otherwise good learning experience
  • website says "gallery closed for upcoming special exhibit," and this means all indoor exhibits closed until june 13
  • Exhibit was as expected but the 1hr queue to get in wasn't nice.
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