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Kyoto National Museum

#54 of 1,010 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 527 Chayamachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0931, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-541-1151
09:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:00

This museum houses a large collection of artworks and archaeological...

This museum houses a large collection of artworks and archaeological artifacts from the Kyoto area.

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The museum building itself is a treasure and the works it contains represent pre modern Japanese and Asian sculpture, paintings calligraphy, pottery, lacquerware and more. A visit... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum building itself is a treasure and the works it contains represent pre modern Japanese and Asian sculpture, paintings calligraphy, pottery, lacquerware and more. A visit to KNM pairs well with a visit to the nearby must-see Sanjiusan-gendo Temple.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was frankly disappointed in two respects: First there were far too many displays of Chinese artifacts and art. This is Japan, right? And it is supposed to be a National Museum, right? So what's with the Chinese stuff? Second, there just wasn't that much stuff on display. I did find some cool stuff in the gift shop, though, for... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

There is everything from prehistoric flint arrowheads, drawings of Mt. Fuji done over hundreds of years, scrolls with written histories, to a giant Buddha statue. If you want to get a feel for the context of Japan this museum is the place to go. All of the items on display are accompanied by a card with a description in both... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

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 outside building as the main hal was closed.

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Tokyo, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The collection can be more being Kyoto is the center of culture. I was expecting more. Specially with the price of entrance ticket (1800 yen/person). This museum is more about history, not culture variety. The building is gorgeous and big, but they need to arrange to flow and display better specially for peak season/crowded days. It was very difficult to... More 

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Chicago Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

This "National" museum is in two parts. A great new (2014?) building, fine architecture, featuring a ground floor group of fabulous sculptures, plus upper floor exhibition space. Unfortunately the November 2016 exhibition is difficult for a person who cannot read kanji since much of it is of writings as opposed to visual arts. The old main building seemed to be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

It is National Museum and it gave a good insight of the Samurai story. However, I wanted more from this museum and I felt something was lacking. With the busy crowds and the orderly approach to looking at the artefacts and information, I decided to leave earlier that I had anticipated. It was a shame!!

1 Thank debsmillen66
Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

There is a terrific amount of things to see in Kyoto, but if you have somehow already seen Ginaku-ji, Kinkaku-ji, Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari-taisha, Todai-ji, and Kiyomizu-dera, and it's raining, this is a good choice. Really you should just look at the sign featured in the trains and train stations, and perhaps you'll see that they have an exhibit you would... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

If you run into a rainy day in Kyoto, the museum is worth it. Nice and diverse exhibitions related to the history of Japan.

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