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Costume Museum

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Address: Shinhanayacho-Dori,Horikawa Higashiiru,Shimogyo-ku | Izutsu Bldg., 5th floor, Kyoto 600-8468, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-342-5345
09:00 - 17:00
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Hard to find....but, nicely done.

A little hard to find, and not well detailed in Tourism maps...this turned out to be an interesting way to get a local at Japanese Costumes through the ages. We found the Mature... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2015
Gary D
Busselton WA
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Busselton WA
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Reviewed 1 September 2015

A little hard to find, and not well detailed in Tourism maps...this turned out to be an interesting way to get a local at Japanese Costumes through the ages. We found the Mature lady to be extremely sweet, and although not super fluent wit English said enough in her smiles and gestures to know that we were welcome. The Costume... More 

1 Thank Gary D
Suwon, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2015

it's written 'costume museum'. everybody expect they can see real size old and traditional japanese costumes. this 'museum' is located near nishihongwanji temple, is in a small building on 5th floor, very narrow space. there are tiny dolls with clothes just in a very small one room. that's all. and they charge 5 dollar per each person. there's an old... More 

4 Thank Dona_Natasha
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2014

We spent only 500Y each and that included being dressed and photographed in very old Heian-era kimono. The costume museum is a doll museum and the exhibits are exquisite. The doll's costumes are changed twice a year (summer and winter). It is an easy walk from Kyoto Station through neighbourhood streets, which is interesting in itself.

5 Thank JapanCustomToursNZ
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2014

As a lover of both heian era fashion and dolls, this museum won me over instantly. The effort put into the recreation of scenes from the Tale of Genji is just amazing, and I spent ages looking at every little detail. By comparison, the room of full scale costumes and mannequins was quite unsettling, the faces looked a bit too... More 

2 Thank Simone R
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 16 September 2014

We had a free day in Kyoto on a Monday, when many museums are closed, and were delighted to find the costume museum open. It was easy to locate the museum using our Kyoto map. After taking the lift to the fifth floor we stepped straight into the tale of Genji, depicted by beautifully costumed dolls. The museum provides a... More 

2 Thank PaulineSJ
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Reviewed 16 October 2013 via mobile

My wife and I visited this place after honganji temple, and we're pleasantly surprised. The little old lady greeted us, but didn't speak much English, we then experienced the life of Genji through dolls and models arranged throughout the whole 5th floor. We then entered a separate exhibit where Genji was life sized, the little old lady was so keen... More 

3 Thank Mathew C
Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

Visited the costume museum as a part of a university's field trip. I must say I'm surprised how well-organized this little museum is. It is located near Nishi hongwanji temple on the 5th floor of some building. Before going there, I imagined that there must be real kimono displayed but actually it's like a doll museum. Main area of the... More 

3 Thank M-Monthly
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2012

Rather than costumes, this little museum more exactly depicts life in Heian times through dolls placed in a set. The dolls wear costumes corresponding to the era and are shown doing the various tasks noble ladies and gentlemen accomplished around the palace: playing games, calligraphy, audiences, laying out kimonos over incense, etc. The scenes when I visited were taken from... More 

5 Thank TheDustOfMyFootsteps

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