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Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Museum

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Beautiful homely house of the Japanese folk art potter and philosopher

This place is very easy to find and really should be visited more by non Japanese. Most foreign... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2018
Must visit for Mingei/Pottery enthusiasts

This was somewhat of a pilgrimage, being a potter myself, and on business/vacation with my wife for... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2017
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569 Kaneicho, Gojozaka, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0875, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-3585
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This place is very easy to find and really should be visited more by non Japanese. Most foreign visitors seem to be artisans which figures given Kawai Kanjiro's ouvre. The house is quite large and comfortable which would seem to be indicative of his success....More

Thank brixtontrev
Reviewed 30 November 2017

This was somewhat of a pilgrimage, being a potter myself, and on business/vacation with my wife for two weeks. I was humbled by his house, kiln, workshop. Such thought, reverence and attention to detail, as in all crafts and art.

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

We were lucky enough to hear his granddaughter give a talk about his life and work, which made our visit even more memorable. But the house and kiln are amazing on their own. The architecture as well as the decor and artwork create a home...More

2  Thank travellerfromatown
Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

This 20th century house contains the studio of a celebrated Japanese ceramic artist. There's a huge kiln in the garden, the pottery wheels are in the house, and there is a collection of art work. It looks as if the potter just left and will...More

Thank brienanni
Reviewed 25 October 2017

It's cetainlyworth visiting the home-workshop of this early 20th century artist if you are interested in ceramics or historical houses. The Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Museum is the well-preserved, traditional Kyoto machiya , garden and workspace of this esteemed , humane artist, whose pottery, woodwork, furniture...More

Thank nancy c
Reviewed 2 May 2017

This place was an eye opener. It was the home and studio of The Late Kawai Kanjiro, a founder of Japan's Mingei art movement in the 1920s and 30s. The house/studio has two kilns, one enormous that has various levels and a hoist for moving...More

1  Thank Patricia D
Reviewed 28 February 2017

The house is amazing. You can easily spend an hour here, if you are interested in art, architecture, interior design or pottery. Many little details to discover. The entrance fee for adults is 900 Yen.

Thank daniellM5020WW
Reviewed 26 October 2016

What a beautiful house! Not only his ceramic pieces but the entire house is work of art. He also collected Enku and Mokujiki sculptures. Everything was tastefully displayed. I have been to Kyoto many times and finally I got to go there and it was...More

1  Thank Beekeeper888
Reviewed 23 September 2016

There are a few examples of this sort of museums out there - the McIntosh House in Glasgow, for example, and Dali's house north of Barcelona - of a house that was designed by the artist, with fixtures and fittings designed by the artist, and...More

1  Thank hfulghum
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Go here. If you have any style at all, if you know how to think, if you are stirred by beauty and artistic fortitude go here. I wish I could be more like this man I had never heard of. I also now can say...More

Thank cellardoorguy
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Judi I
26 December 2016|
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According to the website, it'll be closed Dec24th to Jan 7th.
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