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Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

46-1 Mibukayogoshocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8811, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-802-7000
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I love netsuke, so I found about this little museum knowing beforehand what to search for, as it is... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
Natalia N
Many gems within a gem

Located inside one of the few remaining samurai villas in Kyoto, the netsuke museum is an exquisite... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2016
San Francisco, California
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The foremost museum in Japan dedicated to netsuke miniature sculpture, situated in one of Kyoto's last samurai residences, near Nijo Castle. The museum holds an impressive collection of 2,500 pieces dating from the Edo Period to present, 400 of which are shown to the public in special exhibitions 5 times a year.
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46-1 Mibukayogoshocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8811, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-802-7000
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

I love netsuke, so I found about this little museum knowing beforehand what to search for, as it is not a popular turist spot that you can easily find on lists of Kyoto attractions. The collection is impressive, and even you're not interested in netsuke,...More

Thank Natalia N
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Located inside one of the few remaining samurai villas in Kyoto, the netsuke museum is an exquisite museum devoted to Japan's delightful miniature worn sculptures called netsuke. Stunning displays allow you to get lost in the playful miniatures that are replete with visual jokes. The...More

1  Thank VeloDC
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Read up a little before you go but well worth it if you want an experience you cannot get anywhere else.

Thank 72janef
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

A small museum packed full of netsuke figurines that is definitely worth a visit. The venue is wonderful - it's an old samurai home - and very picturesque. A warning though, it's tucked within a residential area and a bit off the beaten track. The...More

1  Thank FT-London
Reviewed 7 June 2016

This museum contains the most stunning exquisite collection of netsuke, although it is rather difficult to find. A very kind local man guided me there. I have to admit that i never fully understood what netsuke really are until i saw some sometime ago, on...More

Thank annieflorence2
Reviewed 15 May 2016

I thoroughly recommend going to this museum especially if you want to avoid the crowds of tourists that over run kyoto. i only found out about this museum by looking at a city map and because i love netsuke it peaked my interest. The museum...More

Thank KiwiTravelers
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Delightful little museum for exploring the exquisite Japanese craftsmanship of netsuke figures. All well presented in an old samurai house that is also worth seeing.

Thank PZemsky
Reviewed 6 March 2016

Here is not general museum but special one of Netsuke.So you can't see any paints and have to have some knowledges and interests about Netsuke in advance.The location is next to Mibu temple across the street,so I suggest you can get there for 10mins by...More

Thank koji2014
Reviewed 15 November 2015

Having just read " The hare with amber eyes" ( P.S. Great read ) - this was a must see. Just a short walk down from the street from where we were staying at the Plastic Smile Hotel, it juxtaposed the modern Japanese plastic of...More

Thank Phil L
Reviewed 24 July 2015

A pleasant place to visit but not the easiest place to find. Set in a retored 19th C house most of the collection is of contemporary netsuke made by living artists however the back room upstairs does ncontain some Meiji and Edo period examples but...More

Thank futsanglung
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hello - do I need to buy a ticket in advance for a visit on 10-23? I can't find the place for tickets on the website. thank you
16 October 2016|
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Response from VeloDC | Reviewed this property |
Sorry just seeing this. No need to advance purchase. Deb