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“Perfect Little Private Art Museum”
Review of Hosomi Museum

Hosomi Museum
Ranked #194 of 1,316 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 4 June 2016

There is no permanent exhibit at this small museum, but the temporary exhibits are exquisitely presented. Check the website to see what's currently on. If it looks interesting, by all means go! We took a taxi (cab ride are reasonably priced).

Thank P C
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Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

I went to see Hiroshi Sugimoto's exhibition there for the first time. I found Hosomi Museum has a very unique structure of exhibition. There are only one compact room for each floor which are from ground to B2. You move to the next room by stepping down the stairs facing the fine courtyard. Compact rooms also give you comfort as if you are invited to someone's room. I suggest you to stay there as much as you can.

Thank 942shinichim
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Reviewed 17 April 2016

Visited the Hosomi museum and paid to get in then discovered what Shunga means.
It is erotic and explicit art from old Japan, ~1800's. Much of the style is in the Ukiyo-e style (floating world). The only English was the titles and the pictures were spaced close together so the large crowd of people shuffled by the art very slowly, I guess because they were reading the Japanese text. The museum was letting in too many people so it really was shoulder to shoulder. And If the curator would have had English text it would have improved the experience.

Thank Don P
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Reviewed 11 March 2016

We came to Hosomi Museum for the Shunga exhibition which was original shown in Tokyo and was a lot more popular than expected. Likewise, it was very popular in Kyoto too, with the slow shuffle over a number of floors meaning we spent well over an hour to just see the one exhibition. Labels were in English, but the greater explanations were not, which left us with a number of questions. Even so, it was an interesting exhibition, and cool to see some famous pieces in person.
The cafe onsite is also worth stopping by for a nice cuppa to recharge.

Thank Simone R
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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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