Kyoto International Manga Museum

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Kyoto International Manga Museum
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Kyoto International Manga Museum opened its doors on November, 2006, as a joint venture between the city of Kyoto and Kyoto Seika University’s Faculty of Manga. It is the first comprehensive cultural facility in Japan that combines the functions of manga museum and library. The building it is based in is a re-purpose elementary school that was built in the early Showa era. The museum holds over 300,000 manga materials, ranging from foreign to historic manga. About 50,000 of these are accessible to visitors on book shelves that run throughout the entire museum, from the first floor to the third, the “Wall of Manga.”Near the entrance of the museum, there is a "Manga Expo" corner, where about 5,000 manga translated into languages other than Japanese and foreign comics are exhibited. In the main gallery, we answer the question "What is Manga?" in our permanent exhibition, which explains the systematic and historical aspects of the manga industry. In addition, we have some events.
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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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  • Andy R
    Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seriously Manga
    Set up in a repurposed high school in Kyoto, this is one Serious collection of Msnga! Three floors of Manga as a library where there are several places to hang out and read Manga with like minded individuals, in comfy rooms inside or even outside within the old school grounds in the sun. Even if you’re not in the mood for reading you can browse an exhibition of influential Manga works or get in on a lecture! The museum has even turned my partner onto Manga! There is also opportunities to create your own Characters and pin onto a wall or get a Manga style caricature by a talented resident artist! Don’t forget to check out the gift shop for some awesome mang-chendise and the cafe for a snack and view the artists sketches that adorn the walls!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Martina1888
    Inverness, United Kingdom507 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Manga Museum
    As other reviewers have pointed out, this feels more like a library than a museum. There's a small permanent exhibition about the history of manga and some changing exhibitions. The rest is basically just a building full of manga. You can read outside on the lawn or on the countless chairs inside the museum. The selection of translated works is tiny, especially compared to the Japanese ones. I still found it worthwhile and spent time reading and strolling through the exhibitions.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Laura G
    Saint Paul, Minnesota7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique and wonderful museum experience
    Great visit! This is a wonderful stop if you have anyone in your party who is remotely interested in Manga. We spent 1-2 hours there, worth the entrance fee. We all learned great, factual information. Not a huge museum, but able to read manga from multiple time periods. Lovely shop as well. Great for a variety of ages.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 26, 2024
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK507 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
As other reviewers have pointed out, this feels more like a library than a museum. There's a small permanent exhibition about the history of manga and some changing exhibitions. The rest is basically just a building full of manga. You can read outside on the lawn or on the countless chairs inside the museum. The selection of translated works is tiny, especially compared to the Japanese ones. I still found it worthwhile and spent time reading and strolling through the exhibitions.
Written October 29, 2023
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Laura G
Saint Paul, MN7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great visit! This is a wonderful stop if you have anyone in your party who is remotely interested in Manga. We spent 1-2 hours there, worth the entrance fee. We all learned great, factual information. Not a huge museum, but able to read manga from multiple time periods. Lovely shop as well. Great for a variety of ages.
Written March 26, 2024
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Curiosity68027437198
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This is a library with some exhibits and the occasional activity. As someone who wanted to learn more about manga, I left super disappointed. The "museum", as others have said, is essentially a Japanese manga book library. People were sitting everywhere just reading the mangas. The main exhibit/gallery had the most information about the history of mangas, but it took 15 minutes to walk around. They have smaller gallery rooms with exhibits (such as a room with plaster casts of artists' hands, and a showcase of a specific manga artist). If you are really into manga, and can read Japanese, go. Otherwise, skip it. There are much more worthwhile things to see and do in Kyoto.
Written June 16, 2019
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mandmoz
Mitcham, Australia145 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
This is not a museum, it is a library of manga books which you can sit and read either inside or outside(weather permitting) on bean bags on the artificial lawn. If you like manga and have time to kill that’s great. But if you go here (like I did with my family) expecting to see manga art you will be disappointed. Paying 1200Y (my wife wisely remained outside) left a bad taste in my mouth.
Written April 7, 2019
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RueeKiwi
Ruapehu, New Zealand23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
A chance random visit and could have spent all day here because I LOOOVE the genre. A rabbit warren of a museum were every room shared a little more. Could have spent hours in the library but if time-starved even just the history of this art form is interesting. Highlight was later in the week (visited Thursday) they host local maunga artists in residence who for a (what I thought was a little cheap) couple of hundred yen can create you an original maunga portrait. Had thought the other half would have been a little bored so was on an afternoon without but to my delight, she was so talented even included him from a couple of photos on my phone and a couple of questions. Portrait now sits pride and place in my house - such a precious keep sake from my travels!
Written August 17, 2019
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cc3202015
New York City, NY7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
It is a squeaking (literally, the flooring is terrible) library of a japanese manga books. If you are not into reading manga books in Japanese, DO NOT GO. There is nothing else in this "museum" other than book shelves.
Written August 12, 2015
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Cédric D
Brisbane, Australia66 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
The museum is an large space in a old primary schools. The museum is mainly a massive library with walls of manga, from all kind and all times - all in Japanese - with lecture rooms and a kids lecture space (kids can get in for 100Y!).
There is little time to spend there if you can not read Japanese. I would not call it a museum as the number of displays is limited (list below). Think twice before going there, even the shop is small and doesn't have very unique items. And even I am not a manga specialist, I love the graphics novels of Taniguchi and the mangas of Tezuka.

The museum features (outside the library) permanent exhibitions:
- a beautiful wooden sculpture from Tezuka phenix, build with local Buddhist temple techniques.
- hand casts of major magakas and a few overseas graphic novels artists (Moebius is there!),
- a few static boards to explain manga techniques - probably the only part of the museum in english,

When I was there, they were two temporary exhibitions, surely the highlight of the visit for the adults:
- 100 maiko drawings (~10cm high) all by different mangakas
- Tezuka 'blackjack' expo with japanese doctors/medical students testimony

The interactive parts could be good, but lets be honest:
- a kamishibai (paper theater) storytelling - if you are there during a showtime, have a look, it's part of the manga cultural roots, but all in japanese
- two computers (one in japanese, one in english) with a manga compositing software,

During the week-end only:
- a manga drawing workshop where you have to create a manga character: you are left by yourself, no mentoring, it's like drawing at home on a piece of paper - seriously ?
- an artist draws portraits in a manga style... ~ 40 minutes to do it, starting at 11am, be in the starting blocks to put your name on the list as they won't be many,
- two mangakas / assistants make demonstration of different steps of the manga design and drawing in front of you, with whom you can have limited interaction.

At the end, we saved the (half) day there with the kids (10 and 12) as they made the activities, wandered the museum, and went through a few manga for kids in japanese ... but seriously in the country of manga, such a museum is truly super-minimal, really really disappointed. Go there only if you want to be sure and check by yourself.

The museum emphasis the influence get and give manga from/to the rest of the world, but beyond the tract in different language at the entrance, the content available for non-japanese readers is sooo little.

My comments don't apply for Japanese readers as they will find a wonderful manga library there.
Written April 13, 2015
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Ram Manchi
Charlotte, NC14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Unless one is deep into Manga stuff, this museum would not appeal. It was mostly like 90% like a library of all sorts of Manga related books - new and old, not to borrow but to review. A very old building with floors creaking for every step, and being a library, it is not silent.
Written September 6, 2019
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Jacqui
Brisbane, Australia15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Loved the manga museum! I have seen many different opinions out there, so here are some facts about myself to help others:

- English speaker from Australia
- I enjoy anime, but I haven’t watched many
- In my mid-20s
- Had seen all I wanted to in Kyoto and was looking for something different on my last day there

Reasons why I loved this:

- Level one is the library section which contains mangas written in Japanese, English, French, Chinese and others. There are a few seats, so if you love reading mangas you could easily spend some time here. But if you’re not interested, just head straight to Level 2 to the museum (that was my favourite part)

- Level two had a permanent exhibition and a temporary one. The permanent exhibit is wonderful and I think anyone who is interested in manga, or who doesn’t know anything about it but would like to learn more would enjoy this

- The permanent exhibit included explanations in English. It went through definitions of mangas, timelines, features of a manga and it’s spread to other countries. Everything was very interesting and I learnt a lot.

- The temporary exhibit allowed photography and was quite a lot of fun! (Shown in my photos)

- Finally, on level one there are artists who can draw you in manga-style. I absolutely adore mine, so if you have time I would recommend!

Written December 23, 2018
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Geoff T
Blaxland, Australia23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
It did not cost much $8.00... But just found it a little bit uninteresting for adults, a little better for kids...
Written July 7, 2018
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