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Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

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A superb collection in Kyoto's last samurai house

This is a changing display of 4/500 pieces of Netsuke, miniature works of art in choice materials... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2019
Ged G
London, United Kingdom
Fantastic little Museum

If you love Netsuke this is a wonderful Museum in a very interesting old Samurai House. I also... read more

Reviewed November 4, 2018
Melbourne, Australia
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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...more
46-1 Mibukayogoshocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8811, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

This is a changing display of 4/500 pieces of Netsuke, miniature works of art in choice materials, beautifully displayed and with many works by modern masters showing that the art of netsuke is very much alive. Allow between one and two hours to view the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ged G
Reviewed February 14, 2019

This is a fairly small museum. They have a nice variety of netsuke but no real information that an English speaker is going to find helpful. You can enjoy strolling through the rooms. They had a magnifying glass in the final room but they should...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

If you love Netsuke this is a wonderful Museum in a very interesting old Samurai House. I also thought the whole neighbourhood was interesting too. A bit tricky to find but the map on their website was helpful.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

Amazing visit to Seishu netsuke art museum. T is housed in the only existing samurai residence in Kyoto city. It was built in the period 1804-17 during the time when netsuke art grew and flourished. The exhibits range from modern times back to this early...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed March 15, 2018

Not so difficult to find, if you follow signs for Mibudera Temple, which is directly opposite this fabulous museum. Set in a beautiful samurai house, with a delightful garden, there are some 400 mostly contemporary and some antique netsuke displayed from a very large private...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Sian C
Reviewed November 16, 2017 via mobile

The museum is a bit hidden in a back alley, but once you enter you're in for a surprise. You take off your shoes and step in a lovingly restored samurai villa, with some 400 netsuke's on display. An elegant dining room opens up to...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 21, 2017

This place is nothing less than a Netsuke lover's dream! Having adored these tiny sculptures since my teens, I practically swooned when I walked in. There are hundreds of carefully displayed pieces-- many on mirrors so you can see the bottom, and many on tiny...More

Date of experience: September 2017
3  Thank Snarth
Reviewed May 3, 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

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank Natalia N
Reviewed October 1, 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

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank VeloDC
Reviewed August 16, 2016

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

Date of experience: August 2016
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City Center
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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
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Response from VeloDC | Reviewed this property |
Sorry just seeing this. No need to advance purchase. Deb