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Kyoto National Museum

#89 of 1 367 things to do in Kyoto
Closed Now: 09:30 - 17:00
Open today: 09:30 - 17:00
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Wet day visit to special exhibition

It was a rainy morning so we took a bus to the Kyoto National Museum. Stop D2 at Kyoto station and... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2018
Bernie S
Belfast, United Kingdom
via mobile
A museum of pre-modern Japanese and Buddhist art

The Kyoto National Museum is a mix of old and new. It consists of the Special Exhibition Hall... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2018
Singapore, Singapore
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This museum houses a large collection of artworks and archaeological artifacts from the Kyoto area.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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527 Chayamachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0931, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-541-1151
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Reviewed 6 September 2018

we had an afternoon to remember coming close up with Kyoto’s cultural DNA. the museum is home to an imperial palace-ful of the ancient capital’s treasures the journey starts (logically) at Hall 1 on the ground floor. it’s tastefully darkened. the mix of dimmed and...More

2  Thank VacationTiger
Reviewed 20 August 2018

5 min from our hotel so we decided to visit it and we really enjoyed it despite that there was another main hall closed during our visit.

1  Thank Elias H
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Kyoto National Museum’s new gallery displays an amazing collection in a carefully designed building. Finishings are elegant and lighting design is theatrical.

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Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

On a busy tourist day of shrines in Kyoto, we deviated and visited the Kyoto National Museum. On a hot day it was a welcome relief to enjoy air conditioning in an impressive Japanese museum. One of the first displays is a large open room...More

1  Thank PfredIII
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

It was a rainy morning so we took a bus to the Kyoto National Museum. Stop D2 at Kyoto station and take bus 206 or 208 or 100. The signage is clear for identifying where you need to get off. It is beside the museum....More

Thank Bernie S
Reviewed 31 March 2018

The Kyoto National Museum is a mix of old and new. It consists of the Special Exhibition Hall (formerly the Old Imperial Kyoto Museum), which was completed in 1895, and the Heisei Chishinkan Wing, a new permanent collections hall renovated in 2014. Do check out...More

2  Thank Eisen1984
Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

There was a collection donated by a Japanese family showing items spending hundreds of years. This was a good exhibition of items from a wealthy Japanese family. Other than this there is an exhibition on ancient statues. You can hire English audio headsets or just...More

Thank DonnieT7
Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

Exceptional collection must do and very nice building architecture ( new ) so must do in Tokyo absolutely

1  Thank jeromesh2001
Reviewed 29 January 2018

We spent about 3 hours here, and really enjoyed the archaeology/historical section. Most of the items have English descriptions. It is very quiet and reasonably priced. The gift store had a nice selection. The museum itself is in the museum district and some of the...More

3  Thank Candy S
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...More

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Response from Vacation513903 | Reviewed this property |
京都市では,外国人観光客がストレスなく公式多言語観光サイト「Kyoto City Official Travel... More
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Response from David R | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I don't remember exactly nor I kept the ticket but the price was "normal" for Japan and it may change for special exhibitions, from the site: kyohaku --> about 780yen for both of you. In addition I paid about 500Y for... More