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Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto

706-3 Dongeinmaecho Ayakoji, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8184, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-254-7902
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Hidden Gem

We got into Kyoto in the late afternoon and had some time before dinner when we found this place... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2017
Dallas, Texas
via mobile
If you have an hour to spare, go there!

I was truly amazed. The Kaleidoscope museum is a small gem. It does not take much room to display a... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Thomas N
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706-3 Dongeinmaecho Ayakoji, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8184, Kyoto Prefecture
City Center
+81 75-254-7902
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Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

We got into Kyoto in the late afternoon and had some time before dinner when we found this place. All the kaleidoscopes are displayed in one room. Some are antique and others are new. It was very entertaining for our short window of opportunity.

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

I was truly amazed. The Kaleidoscope museum is a small gem. It does not take much room to display a Kaleidoscope, but the worlds you encounter are much bigger than the physical space. Wonderful and impressive. This has nothing to do with the cheap Kaleidoscopes...More

1  Thank Thomas N
Reviewed 5 November 2017

A very nice place to see a very diverse and interesting array of kaleidoscopes. There is also a workshop corner for making one's own. Photographs were not allowed in the museum (a pity, in my opinion!)

1  Thank Cielowatcher
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Only one small room but many beautiful kaleidoscopes to look through. As some are quite delicate, bags must be put in a locker. Photos not allowed. Small cafe & shop. Well worth Y300.

1  Thank IslandMichele007
Reviewed 19 August 2017

This kaleidoscope museum was darling. It's small but really cute & the kaleidoscopes are so beautiful. The gift shop was great too. I bought a few kaleidoscopes for my collection... I'm definitely planning to visit some of the other kaleidoscope museums in Japan.

1  Thank Cnossia
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

This quirky little museum is a few minutes' walk from the Manga Museum. My husband and daughters were initially sceptical at the idea of a kaleidoscope museum, but we all had a great time here. The staff were friendly and helpful, showing us how to...More

Thank Emma B
Reviewed 25 November 2016

A very quirky place! My kids loved it and it was a respite from all the temples we've been dragging them to. The best part is making your own kaleidoscopes afterwards for an extra small fee. There were also kaleidoscope kits you can buy as...More

2  Thank Rita C
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This definitely isn't the top attraction in Kyoto but it was really neat and cheap (300 yen entry) and the artwork here on the kaleidoscopes is incredible. There's even a kaleidoscope shaped like a geisha! The staff is very friendly and they obviously love the...More

Thank Kim N
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

It's a tiny little museum with just one room with different types of kaleidoscopes. The entry fee is only 300 yen. There are a lot of strange and wonderful kaleidoscopes with a card beside them that explains (in English) how to use them. The staff...More

1  Thank Laurel F
Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

Just a room with lots of kaleidoscopes but there were some truly amazing ones there. Fun and unique way to spend 30min. Staff were lovely, we arrived after 5pm (the last light projection show) but they played it again especially for us. We came directly...More

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its
blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered
shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street
bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to
peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home
goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center
is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and
clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
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