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Kyoto International Manga Museum

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Address: Karasuma-dori Oike-agaru, Kyoto 604-0846 , Kyoto Prefecture
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You'll be amazed by just how much manga there is here! The building is very interesting,too... literally an old elementary school (with very creaky wood floors) housing a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Austin, Texas
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Singapore, Singapore
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are many interesting things to learn about manga in this museum. Even non-manga fans who are open to appreciate the non-familiar will be impressed by the artwork and sheer volume of manga found in this place. I loved leafing through magazines or books published many years ago whose pages are no longer crisp. Housed in an old primary school... More 

Thank joikamiru
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I chose to go here on my second day of Kyoto trip as I was feeling a bit templed out too much. The entrance fee was reasonable at 700 yen for adult. Most of the mangas on display were Japanese but there was a small section for international mangas and Japanese mangas translated into different languages. One could sit down... More 

1 Thank Joey S
Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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454 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though the place looks more than a library rather than a museum that does not change the fact that it is a must-see location for manga lovers. The archive is very well organized and open to public reading. It is quite easy to lose the track of time going through the archive. They also have archive from American comics... More 

Thank Flyngdtchmn
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You'll be amazed by just how much manga there is here! The building is very interesting,too... literally an old elementary school (with very creaky wood floors) housing a seemingly endless collection of comics for you to read.

Thank the_real_tdog
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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276 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this museum is largely a library with room after room filled with copies of manga books to pick up and read in comfortable chairs.- if you can read Japanese. I say 8/10 kids in a room with the tv on but they were all reading books - how great is that. did a bit and you will find areas dedicated... More 

2 Thank shoemaker_10
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is fantastic for anyone who is a fan of manga, and the best part is that it offers manga in different languages! Of course, the sections for certain languages are not that big, and the majority is Japanese, but it's still nice to see that there is some variety. The store at the front holds a lot of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband, 14-year-old manga-loving daughter and I visited this Manga Museum on our recent trip to Japan in March and really enjoyed the experience. The museum has an excellent permanent exhibition, which takes visitors through the history of manga, as well as some compelling temporary exhibitions featuring original manga artworks. The other attraction is an absolutely enormous collection of manga... More 

Thank Karen T
Greater London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

We were lucky enough to attend the show (at11.30) which was very entairtaing. However the museum per se is designed for people that knows already Manga well and probably knows Japanese. Not a must see in kyoto.

Thank paolinobs
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28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Not to get confused with Kyoto Museum which is literally 500 meters away from the Kyoto International Manga Museum, every manga fan should visit the museum. The museum nearly have 300,000 items in their collection from valuable historical Japanese documents to popular contemporary publications and various works around the world. Yes they have from France, Russia and other countries. They... More 

Thank Hethler
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Interesting art, saw some great exhibits from some good artists and authors. Most of the place is a large library, but the collection is fantastic. Out doors reading area too.

Thank Cody N

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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 local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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