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Hosomi Museum

#273 of 1,470 things to do in Kyoto
Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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... read more

Reviewed June 3, 2016
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Shunga exhibition

We came to Hosomi Museum for the Shunga exhibition which was original shown in Tokyo and was a lot... read more

Reviewed March 10, 2016
Simone R
Melbourne, Australia
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Jan 4, 2018
“Great collection, rubbish environment”
Nov 4, 2017
“A traditional tea ceremony just beautiful ”
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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6-3 Okazaki Saishojicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8342, Kyoto Prefecture
City Center
+81 75-752-5555
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Reviewed January 4, 2018 via mobile

It's hard to believe that a museum with such a fine collection should present itself as if from the inside of a trash can. It's a desecration of the first order and confirms the truth that many architectural prizes are awarded not for reasons based...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2017 via mobile

A place where you can experience a real authentic traditional tea ceremony as it used to be done . Real green bitter tea ground and especially freshly prepared.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Gidons51
Reviewed April 19, 2017 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...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Fleckney
Reviewed July 26, 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.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed June 3, 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).

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Pam C
Reviewed June 3, 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...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank 942shinichim
Reviewed April 16, 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...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank 184DonP
Reviewed March 10, 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...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Simone R
Reviewed October 14, 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...More

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank nancy c
Reviewed June 1, 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...More

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank marion D
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City Center
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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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