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“Tea ceremony really just for tour groups ”
Review of Hosomi Museum

Hosomi Museum
Ranked #250 of 1,391 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 20 April 2017 via mobile

The Kokomo tea rooms are situated on the top floor of the Hosomi Museum, but the whole ceremony demonstration is really just for the benefit of tour groups. The lady who did the demonstration did not speak any English, so our tour guide had to translate and it was all rather contrived.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Fleckney
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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We went for the rooster exhibit. 1200 yen admission and only 3 tiny rooms. I recommend to go only to the museum shop and see/ buy all the artworks there.

Date of experience: July 2016
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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).

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Pam 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.

Date of experience: June 2016
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.

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank 184DonP
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