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Kyoto National Museum

#57 of 1,109 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 527 Chayamachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0931, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-541-1151
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This museum houses a large collection of artworks and archaeological...

This museum houses a large collection of artworks and archaeological artifacts from the Kyoto area.

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The museum building itself is a treasure and the works it contains represent pre modern Japanese and Asian sculpture, paintings calligraphy, pottery, lacquerware and more. A visit... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
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Orange County, CA
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178 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were turned away today today, May 16, 2017. Told the museum is being extensively renovated and will be closed for a long time.. There's only a side exhibition going on of Kano art, whatever that is. We crossed the street and went to the Sanjusangedo Temple, and saw an amazing display of Bhuddist schulpture.

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Chicago, Illinois
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179 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Housed in a modern International style satellite building to the original museum is a special temporary exhibit of works by the master Kaiho Yusho from 1573-1615. There are scroll paintings, letters and large-scale screens which were originally designed for Buddhist monasteries and an imperial villa. Altho we did not realize it when we visited, they formed an excellent introduction to... More 

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Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

The special exhibition on the artwork of Kaiho Yusho was beautiful. However we expected the museum to have more than the one exhibition, and we went through in less than an hour. Given the entry fee we expected a little more to look at and learn about.

Thank Tahlia W
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224 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Tickets for this museum are currently half price because of the extensive restoration the museum is undergoing; this means that a substantial amount of the museum is closed for viewing. Because of this I found the amount of artefacts on view to be quite few, although what were seen were lovely. The museum is kept very well though, and the... More 

1 Thank Joyce T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

The museum building itself is a treasure and the works it contains represent pre modern Japanese and Asian sculpture, paintings calligraphy, pottery, lacquerware and more. A visit to KNM pairs well with a visit to the nearby must-see Sanjiusan-gendo Temple.

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Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

I was frankly disappointed in two respects: First there were far too many displays of Chinese artifacts and art. This is Japan, right? And it is supposed to be a National Museum, right? So what's with the Chinese stuff? Second, there just wasn't that much stuff on display. I did find some cool stuff in the gift shop, though, for... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

There is everything from prehistoric flint arrowheads, drawings of Mt. Fuji done over hundreds of years, scrolls with written histories, to a giant Buddha statue. If you want to get a feel for the context of Japan this museum is the place to go. All of the items on display are accompanied by a card with a description in both... More 

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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Most exhibits are written in Japanese and consisted of screen paintings and much less than expected. Cafe was overbooked despite their being empty seats . Th only nice thing was the view of the outside building as the main hal was closed.

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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

The collection can be more being Kyoto is the center of culture. I was expecting more. Specially with the price of entrance ticket (1800 yen/person). This museum is more about history, not culture variety. The building is gorgeous and big, but they need to arrange to flow and display better specially for peak season/crowded days. It was very difficult to... More 

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Chicago Illinois
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Reviewed 24 November 2016

This "National" museum is in two parts. A great new (2014?) building, fine architecture, featuring a ground floor group of fabulous sculptures, plus upper floor exhibition space. Unfortunately the November 2016 exhibition is difficult for a person who cannot read kanji since much of it is of writings as opposed to visual arts. The old main building seemed to be... More 

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