4 Museums to Visit in Kyoto

Kyoto has many museums including history museums, art museums and cultural museums.

In this post, I’d like to introduce 4 museums that you might want to visit while you are in Kyoto.
These museums are very different in nature from each other. So check each one and find the most interesting museum for you. I listed museums as a place to visit in “How to Enjoy Kyoto When It rains“, and visiting a museum might be a good idea when the weather is terrible.

The Museum of Kyoto

The Museum of Kyoto focuses on historical properties related to Kyoto. The permanent exhibitions have three different categories: a section for historical & cultural items, a section for paintings created by Japanese & Western artists related to Kyoto, and a section with a theater hall where you can see the movie about Kyoto. For the temporary exhibition, be sure to check their website before you visit. This museum has several stores and restaurants. So you can enjoy shopping and eating after visiting the museum. My favorite restaurant here is Azami (mainly meals using chickens). I recommend you try Oyakodon (chicken and egg on the rice). And since it’s in the center of Kyoto’s town area, it is very easy to access.

Fee: 1200 yen (Adult) 800 yen (College and high school student) 400 yen (middle and elementary student)
Station: Karasuma Oike (Subway Karasuma/Tozai)
Open hours: 10:00-19:00 Last Entry
Closed on: Mainly Mondays


Museum inside Uji Byodoin Temple

Uji Byodoin Temple is one of the most popular destinations in Kyoto. You can see this temple on the 10 yen coin. This temple has a state-of-the-art museum inside its premises. The museum might be new, but the items displayed here are several hundreds years old. If you are into historical Buddhist works, this is the place for you. You need to take the JR Nara line or the Keihan line and get off at Uji station (JR) or Keihan Uji station (Keihan). From there, follow the signs.

Fee: 300 yen (Adult) 200 yen (High and middle school student) 150 yen (Elementary student) Note that this price will change when they finish the construction of the main hall (March 31st 2014).
Station: Uji (JR Nara) Keihan Uji (Keihan) Note that if you use Keihan, you need to change trains at Chusyojima station to Uji line.
Open hours: 9:00 – 16:45

International Manga Museum

I wonder if this should be called a “museum”. The International Manga Museum is filled with comics aka mangas. So it is more like a library dedicated to comic lovers. However they do have displays on the second floor. As of this writing, The International Manga Museum has a display about Ballet mangas. Plus they have one hundred “Maiko”(Geisha) artworks created by popular manga creators. If you like Japnaese pop culture, this can be a fun place to visit.

Fee: 800 yen (Adult) 300 yen (High and middle school student) 100 yen (Elementary student)
Station: Karasuma Oike (Subway Karasuma/Tozai)
Open hours: 10:00 – 17:30 (Last Entry)
Closed on: Wednesdays, New Year Holidays and maintenance period


Hosomi Museum

The Hosomi Museum displays a wide variety of Japanese artworks, which have been collected by Hosomi family for three generations. It covers most Japanese traditional arts and crafts. From July 27th to October 6th, the Hosomi museum will display many Imperial related products, called Bonbonnieres. They were made mainly by silver and they were provided to people at important events such as a coronation ceremony. Also their museum shop is very popular.

Fee: 1000 yen (Adult) 800 yen (Student)
Station: Higashiyama (Subway Tozai)
Open hours: 10:00 – 17:30 Last Entry
Closed on: Mainly Mondays


Domoto Insho Museum

This museum was designed by a Japanese painter, Insho Domoto to display his own works in 1965. He mainly painted in Japanese style, but he also brought western style into his works and tried many different methods. In addition, he painted on Japanese sliding doors at many temples/shrines. Since 1991, Kyoto prefecture has run this museum. From June 1st – September 29th, Domoto Insho Museum displays his ink brushing paintings.

Fee: 500 yen (Adult) 400 yen (College & high school student) 200 yen (Middle and elementary student)
Bus stop: Ritsumeikan daigaku mae (City bus 12, 15, 50, 51, 59)
Open hours: 9:30 – 16:30 Last Entry
Closed on: Mainly Mondays and New Year Holidays (December 28th – January 4th)


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