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Address: 527 Chayamachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0931, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: +81 75-541-1151
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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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A Nice Slow Walk Indoors

There is a terrific amount of things to see in Kyoto, but if you have somehow already seen Ginaku-ji, Kinkaku-ji, Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari-taisha, Todai-ji, and Kiyomizu-dera... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 17, 2016
Rachel M
Beijing, China
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Tokyo, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is National Museum and it gave a good insight of the Samurai story. However, I wanted more from this museum and I felt something was lacking. With the busy crowds and the orderly approach to looking at the artefacts and information, I decided to leave earlier that I had anticipated. It was a shame!!

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

There is a terrific amount of things to see in Kyoto, but if you have somehow already seen Ginaku-ji, Kinkaku-ji, Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari-taisha, Todai-ji, and Kiyomizu-dera, and it's raining, this is a good choice. Really you should just look at the sign featured in the trains and train stations, and perhaps you'll see that they have an exhibit you would... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

If you run into a rainy day in Kyoto, the museum is worth it. Nice and diverse exhibitions related to the history of Japan.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

This museum was very easy to get to as we are staying in the Gion area. It was just a short air conditioned ride on a bus down the road. We opted for this on a hot day and saw a little bit of this and that - kimonos, drawings, paintings, ceramics. T was a nice change after seeing so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

The new wing of the museum has a wonderful collection of Japanese and Asian arts and cultural artifacts. I went to see one exhibit only, the collection of work by Yosa Buson (and was delighted with the modest and beautiful works they had). I got sidetracked to look as some big-hurking Buddha statues on the first floor. Left feeling content... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

This is newly built and opened with 3 floors of exhibits including pottery, clothing, art, and statues. It does not take long to see but the items are lovely and in excellent condition. Most have English descriptions. They currently have a Buddha on loan from the Kongoshin'in Temple until Sep. 11, 2016, which our guide was very excited about as... More 

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

The National Museum in Kyoto is almost an exact copy of the National Museum in Tokyo. So skip it if you've already seen the National Museum in Tokyo.

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Lugano, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

The museum, a little outside the station center (there are many busses; they are quite full) shows many works of the Japan and its evolution in spacious room surrounded by a faint light (no picture) What I noted is the neat park around the museum, the modern architecture and not to forget: a good restaurant with a mixture of Japanese... More 

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