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Kyoto National Museum

527 Chayamachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0931, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-541-1151
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This museum houses a large collection of artworks and archaeological artifacts from the Kyoto area.
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good44%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
527 Chayamachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0931, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-541-1151
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has a rather nice collection, but compared with the Tokyo National Museum this place does not allow us to take any photos for all the exhibits. So stingy! Recently, even National Gallery in London and National Museum in Taipei now allow us to...More

1  Thank tadJapan
Reviewed May 16, 2017

We were turned away today today, May 16, 2017. Told the museum is being extensively renovated and will be closed for a long time.. There's only a side exhibition going on of Kano art, whatever that is. We crossed the street and went to the...More

1  Thank stockmktgenius
Reviewed April 28, 2017

Housed in a modern International style satellite building to the original museum is a special temporary exhibit of works by the master Kaiho Yusho from 1573-1615. There are scroll paintings, letters and large-scale screens which were originally designed for Buddhist monasteries and an imperial villa....More

Thank CultureVulture60657
Reviewed April 22, 2017 via mobile

The special exhibition on the artwork of Kaiho Yusho was beautiful. However we expected the museum to have more than the one exhibition, and we went through in less than an hour. Given the entry fee we expected a little more to look at and...More

Thank Tahlia W
Reviewed March 20, 2017

Tickets for this museum are currently half price because of the extensive restoration the museum is undergoing; this means that a substantial amount of the museum is closed for viewing. Because of this I found the amount of artefacts on view to be quite few,...More

1  Thank Joyce T
Reviewed March 19, 2017

The museum building itself is a treasure and the works it contains represent pre modern Japanese and Asian sculpture, paintings calligraphy, pottery, lacquerware and more. A visit to KNM pairs well with a visit to the nearby must-see Sanjiusan-gendo Temple.

Thank warren D
Reviewed March 18, 2017

I was frankly disappointed in two respects: First there were far too many displays of Chinese artifacts and art. This is Japan, right? And it is supposed to be a National Museum, right? So what's with the Chinese stuff? Second, there just wasn't that much...More

1  Thank Bleeto
Reviewed February 12, 2017

There is everything from prehistoric flint arrowheads, drawings of Mt. Fuji done over hundreds of years, scrolls with written histories, to a giant Buddha statue. If you want to get a feel for the context of Japan this museum is the place to go. All...More

Thank gdbutch
Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

Most exhibits are written in Japanese and consisted of screen paintings and much less than expected. Cafe was overbooked despite their being empty seats . Th only nice thing was the view of the outside building as the main hal was closed.

3  Thank Travelbug98765
Reviewed November 29, 2016

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...More

1  Thank Dian M
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Response from David R | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I don't remember exactly nor I kept the ticket but the price was "normal" for Japan and it may change for special exhibitions, from the site: kyohaku --> about 780yen for both of you. In addition I paid about 500Y for... More