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The Museum of Kyoto

Closed Now: 10:00 - 19:00
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a nifty museum in downtown Kyoto

The exhibition on the history and art of the Gion Float Festival was particularly enjoyable. The... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2018
warren D
Small museum visit, great choices

This is not a large museum. Entry is only ¥500 because there are only 1-3 floors of exhibits... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Kyoto is richly blessed with nature and having been the capital of Japan for more than one thousand years it has been developing an outstanding culture and has played a major role in the formation of Japanese culture. The Museum of Kyoto was opened...more
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623-1 Higashikatamachi, Nakagyo-ku, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8183, Kyoto Prefecture
City Centre
+81 75-222-0888
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very small exhibit on the second floor, 500¥ for it was just way too much. Only few things explained in English. I was fairly disappointed.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 30 July 2018

The exhibition on the history and art of the Gion Float Festival was particularly enjoyable. The museum once housed the Kyoto Branch of the Bank of Japan.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank warren D
Reviewed 16 May 2018

We bought tickets and nowhere was it explained that these tickets were only for the fashion design exhibit, she clearly said it was for this museum. We went into a room and it was basically an extended ad for DesIgual, really loud music and silly...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank mrsdagle
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

This is not a large museum. Entry is only ¥500 because there are only 1-3 floors of exhibits depending on what you want to pay to see. That said, the historical section with audio guides in English was well chosen and lasted about twenty minutes....More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank MissHodor
Reviewed 6 April 2018

I did not pay to see the exhibitions on the upper floors. This limited me to the ground floor, which was essentially shops in Edo era facades. Quite nice, but nothing very special

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Dave_Cowley_Road
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

A nice little museum with pleasant staff, but very little on display - especially since most floors are now closed. There was just one floor of exhibits and another floor for a theatre, and only the titles of the exhibits were translated into English, none...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Jonathan C
Reviewed 22 November 2017

A special art exhibition drew us to the Museum. It was worth the visit. The exhibition was excellent with an interesting grouping of works on a topic - this gave you the opportunity to consider the change in style. Apart from the special exhibition located...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Jackie J
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

It's nice if you want to see how's the life in kyoto before and how they preserved their culture and stability. If you are looking for more in depth history, i'm not sure if this is for you.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank JettA570
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Quite large museum in the city center offers national but also international artworks to be seen by visitors. Disappointing was that there was very little information in english about national part. Exhibition by Magnum photographers was great and had well written english documentation.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank psmietti
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

I believe that those giving the museum a bad review because of the lack of English are not being fair. The museum is in Japan, after all. Coming from NY, it was not the best museum I ever went to. The fee is quite steep...More

Date of experience: May 2017
4  Thank Kayla R
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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its
blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered
shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street
bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to
peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home
goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center
is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and
clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
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