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Hosomi Museum

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Address: 6-3 Okazaki Saishojicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8342 , Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-752-5555
10:00 - 18:00
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This private museum displays a selection of Buddhist and Shinto art...

This private museum displays a selection of Buddhist and Shinto art exhibits, and also hosts a daily Chanoyu or traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

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Compact & Comfort

I went to see Hiroshi Sugimoto's exhibition there for the first time. I found Hosomi Museum has a very unique structure of exhibition. There are only one compact room for each... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2016
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Kokomo tea rooms are situated on the top floor of the Hosomi Museum, but the whole ceremony demonstration is really just for the benefit of tour groups. The lady who did the demonstration did not speak any English, so our tour guide had to translate and it was all rather contrived.

Thank Fleckney
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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We went for the rooster exhibit. 1200 yen admission and only 3 tiny rooms. I recommend to go only to the museum shop and see/ buy all the artworks there.

Thank Liat G
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 4 June 2016

There is no permanent exhibit at this small museum, but the temporary exhibits are exquisitely presented. Check the website to see what's currently on. If it looks interesting, by all means go! We took a taxi (cab ride are reasonably priced).

Thank P C
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Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

I went to see Hiroshi Sugimoto's exhibition there for the first time. I found Hosomi Museum has a very unique structure of exhibition. There are only one compact room for each floor which are from ground to B2. You move to the next room by stepping down the stairs facing the fine courtyard. Compact rooms also give you comfort as... More 

Thank 942shinichim
Dallas, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 17 April 2016

Visited the Hosomi museum and paid to get in then discovered what Shunga means. It is erotic and explicit art from old Japan, ~1800's. Much of the style is in the Ukiyo-e style (floating world). The only English was the titles and the pictures were spaced close together so the large crowd of people shuffled by the art very slowly,... More 

Thank Don P
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 11 March 2016

We came to Hosomi Museum for the Shunga exhibition which was original shown in Tokyo and was a lot more popular than expected. Likewise, it was very popular in Kyoto too, with the slow shuffle over a number of floors meaning we spent well over an hour to just see the one exhibition. Labels were in English, but the greater... More 

Thank Simone R
new york city
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Reviewed 14 October 2015

There's a 1100 yen admission fee for this small, tasteful museum. If the show appeals to you, definitely go. You'll see a spectacular building design, a specially curated exhibition with labels in English , and you will probably not be tormented by surging crowds. There's a cafe for lunch , dessert and coffee and a very well stocked museum shop... More 

Thank nancy c
Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed 2 June 2015

The Hosomi museum ticket was the most expensive one during my stay in Kyoto, but didn't worth it: I came during an exhibition about Japanese contemporary artists working in parallel with traditional objects. The late ones were interesting, but the contemporary pieces were full of "Hello Kitty" and cheap super heroes. Very literally comparison!

Thank marion D
Tel Aviv
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Reviewed 24 April 2015

Hosomi is a private museum spread over three floors, alas not very large, with a coffee house and a charming shop. In our previous visit to the museum we have enjoyed their exquisite collection of Japanese objects but this year they have a completely new photo exhibition called "My single Photo". It is displayed March 5 - May 17, 2015... More 

Thank BukyBenYugli
Oakland, California
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

no commentary in english. poorly laid out museum. waste of 1000yen. in fact, I should have noticed english sign at pay window that there are no refunds...

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