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Kyoto National Museum

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Impressive Architecture of Main Hall

They had 'Swords of Kyoto' exhibition while I was there. The Main Exhibition Hall, a red brick... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Saskatoon, Canada
Wet day visit to special exhibition

It was a rainy morning so we took a bus to the Kyoto National Museum. Stop D2 at Kyoto station and... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2018
Belfast, United Kingdom
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This museum houses a large collection of artworks and archaeological artifacts from the Kyoto area.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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527 Chayamachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0931, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-541-1151
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Reviewed 2 days ago

During our recent visit, we were lucky to see the special exhibit "Swords of Kyoto: Master Craftsmanship from an Elegant Culture". I've always been fascinated by these beautiful blades -- it was a privilege to examine them in person rather than by book or television....More

Thank mvidro
Reviewed 1 week ago

They had 'Swords of Kyoto' exhibition while I was there. The Main Exhibition Hall, a red brick building built in 1897, is designated as Important Cultural Properties. It is also the conservation and research center for National Treasures and other cultural properties in Kyoto area.

Thank Minstrel115
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm sure that my rating would be higher had more of the museum been open during my visit. They were undergoing extensive renovation so not a lot was accessible in late August, but what I did see was very impressive. I was hoping to see...More

Thank LexiV
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The sword exhibit is amazing by it's sheer numbers, and the sheer number of people (mostly local folks) who stand on long lines to study nuances of art. We quickly tired of the lines and the repetitiveness of the display, although it does speak to...More

1  Thank Elizabeth C
Reviewed 6 September 2018

we had an afternoon to remember coming close up with Kyoto’s cultural DNA. the museum is home to an imperial palace-ful of the ancient capital’s treasures the journey starts (logically) at Hall 1 on the ground floor. it’s tastefully darkened. the mix of dimmed and...More

4  Thank VacationTiger
Reviewed 20 August 2018

5 min from our hotel so we decided to visit it and we really enjoyed it despite that there was another main hall closed during our visit.

1  Thank Elias H
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Kyoto National Museum’s new gallery displays an amazing collection in a carefully designed building. Finishings are elegant and lighting design is theatrical.

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Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

On a busy tourist day of shrines in Kyoto, we deviated and visited the Kyoto National Museum. On a hot day it was a welcome relief to enjoy air conditioning in an impressive Japanese museum. One of the first displays is a large open room...More

2  Thank PfredIII
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

It was a rainy morning so we took a bus to the Kyoto National Museum. Stop D2 at Kyoto station and take bus 206 or 208 or 100. The signage is clear for identifying where you need to get off. It is beside the museum....More

Thank 223bernies
Reviewed 31 March 2018

The Kyoto National Museum is a mix of old and new. It consists of the Special Exhibition Hall (formerly the Old Imperial Kyoto Museum), which was completed in 1895, and the Heisei Chishinkan Wing, a new permanent collections hall renovated in 2014. Do check out...More

2  Thank Eisen1984
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京都市では,外国人観光客がストレスなく公式多言語観光サイト「Kyoto City Official Travel... More
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Response from David R | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I don't remember exactly nor I kept the ticket but the price was "normal" for Japan and it may change for special exhibitions, from the site: kyohaku --> about 780yen for both of you. In addition I paid about 500Y for... More