Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka!

The old capital, Kyoto, continues to be the center of arts and cultures today.

It is not surprising therefore that Kyoto hosts great museums that attract people from all over the world.

It’s relaxing to spend a rainy or sunny day in the museums in Kyoto.

Here are 10 museums you can visit to immerse yourself to the Japanese arts and cultures.

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1. Kyoto Railway Museum/京都鉄道博物館

Kyoto Railway Museum Newly established in April 2016, Kyoto Railway Museum introduces you to the history and evolution of the railway industry.

The museum displays 53 retired trains, from locomotives to the most recent electric trains and even allow visitors to examine the inner workings of the trains.

Around the exit area, you can also admire the charming former Nijo Station Building, which acts as a museum store.
Kyoto Railway Museum
Address:Kankijicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:20 minute walk from JR Kyoto station,take City Bus #205 or #208 from JR Kyoto Station, and get off at Umekoji-koen-mae bus stop and walk for about 3 minutes.
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Phone:075-323-7334
Opening Hours:10:00~17:30(Last Admission:17:00)
Closed:Wednesday(Open on public holidays),30th Dec-1st Jan.
Admission Fee:General admission (18 years and older): 1,200 yen,University and high school students: 1,000 yen,Junior high and elementary school students: 500 yen,Children (3 years and older): 200 yen
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2. Kyoto National Museum/京都国立博物館

Kyoto National Museum Kyoto National Museum is one of the four national museums in Japan.

The redbrick main building itself, originally built in 1897 by the Emperor’s architect, is a cultural property of Japan worth your look.

The building still hosts the special exhibitions even to this day.

Many of the great special exhibits are hosted here so you should check the event schedule.

The National Museum is across the street from Sanjyu Sangendo.

Kyoto National Museum
Address:527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku,Kyoto
Location: 7 minute walk from Keihan Main Line Shichijo Station,20-25 minutes walk from JR Kyoto station,Take City Bus #206 or #208 from JR Kyoto Station, and get off at Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae bus stop.
Phone:075-525-2473
Opening Hours:9:30~17:00(Last Admission:16:30)
Closed:Monday(or, if Monday is a national holiday, the following Tuesday),25th Dec-1st.Jan.
Admission Fee:Adult 260 yen,Free admission for age under 17 and seniors over 70, not including guide booklet.
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3.Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art/京都市美術館

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art Kyoto Municipal Museum of Arts holds many permanent collections such as Japanese paintings, potteries, calligraphies, sculpture, etc.

Being adored by the locals, this is a great place to learn about and appreciate the Japanese arts.

Many of the exhibitions are free (admissions varies depending on the exhibitions).

Please take a note however that the main building is closed for renovation until March 2018 while the annex continues to be open.

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Address:124 Enshoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku,Kyoto
Location: 10 minutes walk from Subway Tozai Line Higashiyama Station., Take City Bus #5 or #100 from JR Kyoto Station, and get off at Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae bus stop.
Phone:075-771-4107
Opening Hours:9:00~17:00(Last Admission:16:30)
Closed:Monday(or, if Monday is a national holiday, the following Tuesday),28th Dec-2nd.Jan.
Admission Fee:It varies by exhibition
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4.National Museum of Modern Art,Kyoto/京都国立近代美術館

Right next to the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art is the National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, commonly known as MOMAK.

Established in 1963, MOMAK was originally a branch of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, which later became independent.

The gallery has a great collection of the Japanese and western paintings, sculptures, crafts and photographs.

The entrance is ¥ 430 for the permanent collections, while there may be a separate fee for special exhibitions.

Currently, there is a great and colorful exhibition on Koji Kikutani.

National Museum of Modern Art
Address:26-1, Okazaki Enshoji-cho,Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Location: 10 minutes walk from Tozai Subway Line Higashiyama Station, Take City Bus #5 or #100 from JR Kyoto Station, and get off at Okazaki Koen/Bijutsukan,Heian Jingu-mae bus stop
Phone:075-761-4111
Opening Hours:9:30~17:00(Last Admission:16:30),Every Friday and Saturday9:30~20:00(Last Admission 19:30),Fridays and Saturdays from July 1 to October 14,9:30~21:00 (Last Admission 20:30)
* Please note that the opening hours is subject to change.
Closed:Monday(or, if Monday is a national holiday, the following Tuesday),25th Dec-4th Jan.,August 8, October 24, 2017
Admission Fee:Adult 1,400 yen(1,200 yen in advance),University students 900 yen(700 yen in advance),High school students 500 yen,300 yen (in advance)
*Advance tickets are available until August 21.
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5.Kyoto International Manga Museum/京都国際マンガミュージアム

Kyoro International Manga Musuem Kyoto International Manga Museum was built in 2006 to collect, archive, and display manga (comics) as well as to contribute to the research of manga culture.

This four-story building holds around 300,000 items including some foreign comics, literally wall-to-wall.

For a manga lover, this is the dreamland.

On a sunny day, you can read your pick on the lawn outside.

Kyoto International Manga Museum
Address:Karasuma Oike Agaru, Nakagyo-ku,Kyoto
Location: 5 minutes walk from Subway Karasuma Oike Station,
Phone:075-254-7414
Opening Hours:10:00~18:00(Last Admission:17:30)
Closed:Wednesday(or, if Wednesday is a national holiday, the following Thursday),27th Dec 4th Jan., during the New Year’s holiday and maintenance periods.
* There may be changes to the museum opening and closing times without notice.
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Admission Fee:Adult 800 yen,High and Junior High School Students 300yen,Elementary School Students 100 yen
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6. Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum/月桂冠大倉記念館

Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum Gekkeikan is one of the most famous sake (rice wine) makers in Japan as well as one of the oldest companies in the world.

Founded in 1637, Gekkeikan established its facility in Fushimi area of Kyoto, where conditions for sake making were superb.

The Museum features the facility and various tools that are used to make sake.

With the ¥300 entrance fee, you will learn the history and evolvement of the industry as well as the process of sake making, sample a few kinds of sake, and take home a souvenir bottle of their premium sake.

This is a must visit.

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Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
Address:247 Minamihama-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
Location:5 minutes walk from Keihan Main line Chushojima station
Phone:075-623-2056
Opening hours:9:30~16:30(Last Admission:16:15)
Closed:Obon Period, 28th Dec-4th Jan.
Admission fee: Adult 300 yen,Child 100 yen(12-17 years old)
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7.Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts (Fureaikan)/京都伝統産業ふれあい館

Around the corner from MOMAKS, there is a museum, which introduces you to the traditional crafts of Kyoto.

The museum celebrates Kyoto’s traditional crafts and art works including potteries, kimono, dolls, lacquer ware, woodblock prints, etc.

You can witness the local artisans demonstrate their amazing skills.

This beautiful gallery is free to enter and it is in a building called Miyako Messe.

Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
Address:B1F Miyakomesse, 9-1 Okazaki Seishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:10 minutes walk from Tozai Subway Line Higashiyama Station, Take City Bus #5 or #100 from JR Kyoto Station, and get off at Okazaki Koen/Bijutsukan,Heian Jingu-mae bus stop
Phone:075-762-2670
Opening hours:9:00~17:00(Last Admission:16:30)
Closed:22th&23th Aug. 29th Dec-3rd Jan.
Admission fee: Free
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8.The Museum of Kyoto/京都府京都文化博物館

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This is a nice museum where you will learn the history of Kyoto and its culture such as arts, history and festivals.

A perfect place for you to be introduced to what makes Kyoto, Kyoto.

Since most of the exhibitions are in Japanese, you might want to get an audio guide or an English speaking volunteer at the 2nd floor to appreciate the museum.

The Museum of Kyoto
Address:Sanjo-Takakura ,Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:3 minutes walk from Subway Karasuma Line Karasuma Oike Station,7 minutes walk from Hankyu Line Karasuma Station
Phone:075-222-0888
Opening hours:10:00~19:30(Last Admission:19:00)
Closed:Monday(or, if Monday is a national holiday, the following Tuesday),28th Dec.-3rd Jan.
*Opening hours and holidays are subject to change without notice.
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Admission fee: Adult 500yen University student 400yen High School student and under Free
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9.Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum/京都 清宗根付館

Netsuke is a small ornament that people used to hang objects such as money, pen, tobacco, while wearing kimono.

Now internationally claimed collectible items, netsuke attracts collectors and art enthusiasts from all over the world.

Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum has a great collection of delicately made netsuke.

The museum displays around 400 netsuke among 4,500 items they own.

The building itself is an art and worth your visit, being the only samurai residence being restored in Kyoto, originally built in 1820s.

To get there, you can get the City Bus (#26, 28) to Mibudera-michi bus stop.
The admission is ¥1,000 yen.

Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum
Address:46-1 Mibukayougosho-cho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto
Location:15 minutes by taxi from JR Kyoto Station,take City Bus #26 or #28 from JR Kyoto Station, and get off at Mibudera-michi bus stop and walk for about 3 minutes.
Phone:075-802-7000
*Opening hours:10:00~17:00(Last Admission:16:30)
Closed:Monday(or, if Monday is a national holiday, the following Tuesday),7th May,13th-16th August,30th Dec-4th Jan.
Opening hours and holidays are subject to change without notice.
Admission fee: Adult 1000yen,Students (School Children / Junior high school / High school)500 yen
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10.Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum/京都万華鏡ミュージアム

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This unique museum displays around 50 kaleidoscopes from their 200 collections from all over Japan and overseas.

Some of the items are so unique they don’t even look like kaleidoscopes.

It is a great museum where you can touch the items yourself and enjoy the beauties.

You can also make your own kaleidoscopes if you are interested, which may be a fun activity to do with your children.

The Kaleidoscope Museum is located just behind the Museum of Kyoto.

Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum
Address:706-3 Dongeiin-maecho, Higashinotouin-higashiiru, Aneyakoji-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Location:3min. walk from Subway Karasuma oike station Exits 3-1 or 3-2.
Phone:075-254-7902
Opening hours:Tue-Sun,National holidays10:00~18:00(Last Admission:17:30)
Closed:Monday(or, if Monday is a national holiday, the following Tuesday),25th Dec-4th Jan.
Admission fee: Adult(high school student age and above)300yen,Child(junior&junior high school student age)200yen,Below junior school student age Free
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Summary

Top 10 Best Museums in Kyoto

  1. Kyoto Railway Museum・・・ It introduces you to the history and evolution of the railway industry.
  2. Kyoto National Museum・・・Many of the great special exhibits are hosted here.
  3. Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art・・・It holds many permanent collections such as Japanese paintings, potteries, calligraphies, sculpture, etc.
  4. National Museum of Modern Art,Kyoto・・・The gallery has a great collection of the Japanese and western paintings, sculptures, crafts and photographs.
  5. Kyoto International Manga Museum・・・This four-story building holds around 300,000 items including some foreign comics, literally wall-to-wall.
  6. Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum・・・The Museum features the facility and various tools that are used to make sake.
  7. Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts・・・The museum celebrates Kyoto’s traditional crafts and art works.
  8. The Museum of Kyoto・・・You will learn the history of Kyoto and its culture such as arts, history and festivals.
  9. Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum・・・It is a small ornament that people used to hang objects such as money, pen, tobacco, while wearing kimono.
  10. Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum・・・It displays around 50 kaleidoscopes from their 200 collections from all over Japan and overseas.

I hope that you’ll have a great time at museums in Kyoto!

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