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Kyoto National Museum
Ranked #89 of 1,363 things to do in Kyoto
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This museum houses a large collection of artworks and archaeological artifacts from the Kyoto area.
Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

Relatively cheap entry at ¥550 per person. Audio guides were another ¥500 each, personally didn’t think they were necessary unless you wanted very in depth information. Most of what was said in the audio guide was written in less detail in English near the artefact anyway.
The museum featured Japanese and East Asian textiles, ceramics, paintings and sculptures. I personally found some of the screen painting excellent as well as the ceramic sculptures. No photos allowed and as other reviews have mentioned they don’t allow use of devices at all.
Overall probably wouldn’t go out of the way to come here but if you’re nearby seeing Sanjusangendo Temple then it could be worth the stop.

Thank Lachlan N
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

The museum doesn't allow the use of any electronic device and there is limited information in any other language than Japanese. So without the picture to text translation of my phone, that I have used in other museums, there was no so much information to read.

After the disappointment I seated in one of the banks that you find around the museum to look at the artifacts. I tried to draw one of the statues in my Surface Pro. But after some minutes a person from the museum forbid me to continue drawing because iPads [sic] are forbidden. It looks like pen and paper is allowed, so the problem was with having an electronic device.

In other museums I have been allowed - after some talk - to take pictures of the signs, even when taking pictures is generally forbidden, to be able to read them. I can understand the poor English level of the museum personal, it is not their native language. It is not even mine. But the Kyoto National Museum is poorly prepared for foreign tourists and there is lack of willingness to help.

The "crowds" were not a problem. I visited it on a Thursday on January. It was quite empty.

The exhibits were OK. But there was nothing worth mentioning if you have been around Japan in temples and other museums.

You will better spend your time at the Kyoto Railway Museum, one of the few kid-friendly museums that was also interesting as an adult. Or, if you are willing to go to another city, you can visit the much better Tokyo National Museum that not only is bigger but offers a better experience for non-Japanese speakers (and probably for Japanese speakers too).

5  Thank Josep P
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

The building is so wonderful. Regularly exhibits the alternative, but here are top-notch nothing of the exhibition, because Tokyo like to Kyoto but are not there is a wonderful museums, etc. around, comes almost every time, every time there is a special exhibition, here in Ferris . Soon it opened 120 years, a special exhibition to commemorate this "national treasure" will be held. It is uncertain, but stores that it from October 3 next month. National Treasure this time exhibition, from about 41 years Toka, now in total 3 time of national treasures exhibition in the range of fun at the same time, that the large congestion pretend is floating in the eye. Building panoramic view and appearance because it will become a long line, the outer periphery, today I think the garden, etc. are not looking slowly the day was watching carefully with the intention that.

Thank DimasLaksani
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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

We visited the temporary exposition on the treasures of Japan. It is an amazing collection of art. Unfortunatelly, these treasures are not presented in the most favourable manner. There is no apparent limit to the number visitors, leading to rows and rows of visitors pressing their way to see the objects. It is also regretable that objects are exposed in a very classical manner. The museum should find more creative and interactive manners to engage the public.

1  Thank Cristian R
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

I went to see the special "Masterpieces of Japan" exhibition mid-morning on a weekday. It was expensive to get in and there was absolutely no crowd control - they just let person after person in, to the point that you could not see a single artefact. It was 5-6 people deep at each item, which was something I've never seen at any museum I've been to.

It was so unpleasant that we left after 10 minutes, which is unfortunate because the few items we saw looked amazing. I don't usually complain, but for popular exhibits, there should be time allotments for crowd control, just like any well run museum.

I would not recommend seeing this current exhibit.

3  Thank Kate M
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