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“Small gem in Kyoto higashiyama museum district”
Review of Hosomi Museum

Hosomi Museum
Ranked #229 of 1,382 things to do in Kyoto
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Owner description: This private museum displays a selection of Buddhist and Shinto art exhibits, and also hosts a daily Chanoyu or traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Reviewed 14 October 2015

There's a 1100 yen admission fee for this small, tasteful museum. If the show appeals to you, definitely go. You'll see a spectacular building design, a specially curated exhibition with labels in English , and you will probably not be tormented by surging crowds. There's a cafe for lunch , dessert and coffee and a very well stocked museum shop on the ground floor, with textiles, ceramics , paper, cards, jewelry, candles , and so on. The prices are reasonable and the quality is high, so if you want to buy gifts , this would be a good option (much better than souvenir /touristy shops ).

Thank nancy c
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Reviewed 2 June 2015

The Hosomi museum ticket was the most expensive one during my stay in Kyoto, but didn't worth it: I came during an exhibition about Japanese contemporary artists working in parallel with traditional objects. The late ones were interesting, but the contemporary pieces were full of "Hello Kitty" and cheap super heroes. Very literally comparison!

Thank marion D
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Reviewed 24 April 2015

Hosomi is a private museum spread over three floors, alas not very large, with a coffee house and a charming shop. In our previous visit to the museum we have enjoyed their exquisite collection of Japanese objects but this year they have a completely new photo exhibition called "My single Photo". It is displayed March 5 - May 17, 2015 and is a collection of photographs of Japanese photographers. The exhibition includes different printing techniques of a single photograph and displayed images have been taken mostly not in Japan. All together around 100 photos are on display and quality of the exhibit is of the highest level one would expect at Hosomi.

Thank BukyBenYugli
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

no commentary in english. poorly laid out museum. waste of 1000yen. in fact, I should have noticed english sign at pay window that there are no refunds...

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Reviewed 2 May 2013

I wouldn't make a special trip to Higashiyama for this museum, but as I only had a little time before catching the Shinkansen back to Tokyo, I stopped by. There was a very interesting exhibit of non-traditional hand loomed silk kimono that I wouldn't have discovered otherwise. Just as interesting was the gift shop, which had beautiful handmade paper worthy of framing. Whether or not this is an advantage, you can go through both in half an hour. Warning: do not go if you have trouble with stairs--the museum is on many levels and there is no elevator access that I could see.

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