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Kyoto National Museum

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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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Newly built

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 stars 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 stars 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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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

This place was across the road from our hotel so it was a bit of a no-brainer. The main building was closed but since we tend to get 'museumed out' within two hours that was fine. The exhibits were nicely displayed and there were descriptions in English. I'm sure much more information would have been forthcoming if we rented the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

The site is an attraction unto itself. The exhibition is in a modern building which is connected to an older colonial type building in a zen-like garden which reminds one of the Getty museum in LA. The exhibits themselves are not many, but coherently narrated with adequate (but not complete) English translations. Still, it was possible to understand how Japanese... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Museum is currently closed, only the gardens can be visited, the museum shall reopen on Tuesday the 14th of June. Admissions are lowered to visit the gardens.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

When you are in the former capital, you have to absorb history, culture and the spirit. The Art of Zen - From Mind to Form. It was a delight to experience the exhibits, learn about the history and absorb the love and care that had gone in to creating the artifacts on display. It was a treat to sight such... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

If you are a Zen Buddhist (like some of my friends) then you would have rated this museum and the exhibits a 5+! This was a special exhibition about Zen Buddhism, probably Zen overload for me at this point. I stopped in the coffee shop after touring the museum and enjoyed a some really strong coffee afterward.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

All three floors were perfect, from the pottery and lacquer to the scrolls and textiles. Of course, the stunning religious sculptures were amazing! Note that you cannot take pictures. I highly recommend paying for the audio tour, as it was fascinating and very insightful. While it might not feel as classical, in the new building, it is definitely still worth... More 

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