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  • LVV
    Takatsuki, Japan63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great place to visit if you want to see Japanese art. There are many impressive items on display and the temporary exhibition is always worth a visit. I think the size of the museum is perfect. It's large, but not overwhelmingly so. Perfect destination for a rainy or hot day in Kyoto!
    Written May 8, 2024
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  • Psykiya
    Chandler, AZ256 contributions
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    The museum is beautiful, but my focus on this particular visit was the Takashi Murakami Mononoke Kyoto. What a beautiful and surprising exhibition. I loved reading the comments and thoughts of Murakami-san, and how the whole project came to be. This is a completely worthy experience for people of any age, if they like art.

    One thing I couldn't understand was that if they are trying to raise money, why they:

    1) rush people so much at the gift shop (this was VERY annoying)
    2) don't have smaller sizes in some of the clothing (I wanted a sweatshirt, but they were huge!)
    3) have more variety of design in the current items
    4) don't have MORE things (e.g., socks, pens, stationary, keychains, magnets, glasses....etc.).

    I feel bad, because I think the gift shop could have brought A LOT MORE to raise the funds needed. I, for example, would have "contributed" -if given the opportunity and the greater selection. Those would have been amazing "omiyage" :-)

    If you're in Kyoto, don't miss this exhibition. COMPLETELY WORTH IT!
    Written May 18, 2024
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  • Anne L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This little museum is one of my favorite places in Japan. Netsuke, iconic representations of important aspects of Japanese culture and history, are tiny miniature sculptures made of wood, ivory, clay, porcelain, nut shells, coral. I’ve only been once, and the exhibits change at least several times a year. This is a private collection, photographs were not allowed when I was there. Don’t miss it if you have the chance, and if you can, bring a magnifying lens.
    Written January 23, 2020
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  • Pamela A O
    Seattle652 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were planning to go to the Kyoto Botanical Garden, which is right next door, but the garden was closed due to an electrical problem, so we came here instead. This is an outdoor park, made of mostly concrete and lots and lots of falling water and pools. On some of the concrete walls are painted large and quite well done reproductions of some of the great art pieces of the world by artists such as Michelangelo, van Gogh, Renoir, etc.I particularly enjoyed the reproductions of Chinese screens because you can get right up close to these and see all the details that you really can't see well at all when looking at the original in a regular museum. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this place.
    Written November 28, 2018
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  • Janet C
    Asia127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a nice and beautiful museum. The museum is spacious and the exhibition was nice and rich during the visit. It was unfortunate that we did not have enough time to stay longer to see more art work in details.
    Written August 23, 2016
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  • Vivien T
    KL55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The museum is not a large building. I recall seeing 3 levels of exhibitions permanent and also special exhibition. The permanent exhibition was nice although there was no description in other languages ( maybe except for the title, medium used and artist's name) I believe they offer translated descriptions for certain exhibits. We enjoyed our trip to the museum not just for the exhibits but also the architecture and the experience of being in it. While coming down form 3rd floor to 2nd floor via the stairs, the windows open out to the view outside - which was mountains in the distance and vast greenery. They definitely took care in the architecture design to draw in the outside. There is also a seating area with long couches and benches which were placed facing a large window which opened to the mountain view as well. I would consider that a permanent exhibit as well - with 4 seasonal changes.
    There is a small bookshop which sold interesting merchandise and I was particularly amused by the few flip books they sold. I would buy them but they were rather costly.
    We also enjoyed some sandwiches and coffee at the cafe which again opens out to the outside with its large glass wall on one side. Most patrons just sat facing outwards - even the couples sat side by side instead of across from each other.

    If time allows, I would recommend a visit here as the museum of modern art is a nice place with interesting exhibits. I felt it was a juxtapose to the ancient shrines and buildings we had come to visit in Kyoto. The contrast made the experience more 'complete' although by no means am I done visiting Kyoto.
    Written January 11, 2020
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  • Jeanine N
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles

    Though the museum is close to the subway, I was running late, so I took a taxi there & the driver said it was muzukashii (difficult) to find. It was well worth finding—very kind & talented artisans work there (+ speak excellent English). They are very patient & make you feel like a star! I took two classes to make a cotton furoshiki + silk scarf. While waiting for my “art” to dry, I got a personal museum tour by the owner’s son. Great info + spectacular art--I would definitely return to take another class again!
    Written November 18, 2023
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  • 942shinichim
    Japan111 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 stepping down the stairs facing the fine courtyard. Compact rooms also give you comfort as if you are invited to someone's room. I suggest you to stay there as much as you can.
    Written June 3, 2016
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  • Erika G
    Geneva, Switzerland191 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are interested in traditional Arts and Crafts, this is THE place. It has many floors so you can find all kind of crafts for souvenirs. Take your time to visit because is worth to know in this gallery all the variety of Japanese crafts. On the 1th floor there is a very complete book store about Japan (mangas, literature, arts, architecture, culture, etc).
    Written August 6, 2018
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  • Haamid J
    Zurich, Switzerland3,050 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had read reviews about it and expected it to be larger than what it actually is. Notwithstanding that the exhibits are well presented and professionally managed.

    At the end of viewing we savoured tea and Cakes and tea.
    Written April 7, 2016
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  • nancy c
    new york city158 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This small, quiet museum (5 rooms) is a respite from bustling Gion and Shijo-dori, and is well worth visiting if you are interested or intrigued by the artists’ work currently on display. The exhibitions change but when I visited, I was pleasantly surprised to find the lower level gallery exhibiting the work of Kyoto multi talented ceramicist Rosanjin Kitaoji. The upper floors exhibited the work of a modern painter, Yoshida Katsu, which had been advertised on the website, posters and culture calendars. There is also an interior garden on the top floor. Location: Shijo-dori, one block west of Yasaka Shrine.
    Written October 20, 2018
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  • gehararigo
    Tokyo318 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum is for Mr.Domoto who was a famous Japanese painter between 1910 -1970. An unique combination of Japanese and Western painting techniques. It locates close to the famous Kinkakuji and Ryuuanji temples and is worth to visit if you are around. Since the collection is not huge and diverse, one should ask if you have a special trip. If you are enthusiastic about the Japanese arts of that period, this is a must go place.
    Written November 3, 2019
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  • ellyshort
    Sydney, Australia72 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum is very small (one room). We got a combined ticket with the temple. There were some interesting items (e.g. Military outfits) but the translation was very limited so don't think we got the full history of what some of the things were. Probably good if you understand Japanese.
    Written October 26, 2016
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