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“So little time!”

Kyoto International Manga Museum
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Tommerup Stationsby, Fyn, Denmark
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“So little time!”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

There's just not enough time on your trip, if you have to read all those great manga books - considered you are a fan. People sit everywhere to read, but it also gives you a great idead of how manga have spread through time.

Visited August 2012
Thank Christian N
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Bellevue, Washington
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“MUST SEE! Totally not what I expected! FANTASTIC! WOW!”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Visited with bi-lingual (Japanes/English) American kids aged 12, 10, 9 and 3. They LOVED this place! Parents LOVED this place too!

Signs around the museum are all in Japanese and English. The museum focuses on the history and future of manga art! There are manga books there in about every language you can imagine!

Parents had concerns visiting this place because manga in America is most often associated with something perverted. This museum was NOTHING like that! It was fantastic! We stopped here on a layover between trains at Kyoto Station. Located just a few subway stops from Kyoto Station in the Karasuma area. I wish we had more time to visit since we never even made it to the 3rd floor!

There are manga classes and all kind of events there. Kids loved the library where they could just grab their favorite manga book and curl up in a quiet corner and read. Even the library is awesome, not your traditional style at all, just a big friendly reading room!

If you go, you MUST see the traditional picture show in the little theatre on the second floor! This was definitely the highlight of our visit there! Fun, interactive, historical and entertaining!

The manga museum is built in an old schoolhouse from the Meiji era. There is a whole room dedicated just the history of the building! It's a fantasic blend of old and new.

This is not just a place for kids! Go if you get the chance!

Visited August 2012
1 Thank sarandan98
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Chengdu, China
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39 reviews
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“Mostly in Japanese”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

I didn't think that there was a lot to see here, probably if you understand Japanese, you will get more out of it. There was an electronic audio presentation on something that resembled an old video arcade machine that was in english, this was interesting but pretty much the only thing i got out of the visit.

Visited July 2012
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Redruth, United Kingdom
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“Only for Manga Obsessives...”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

Ok, so I like Manga and was interested to see the museum. It is not a museum, it is a library. Every room is covered in bookcases filled with Japanese Manga Comics. The first room you go into has Manga from around the world which is nice and there are rooms full of people reading manga, but it is not a museum. There is one room with the history of Manga (and Japan) which was actually very interesting. We were also there at the 1 year anniversary of the Tsunami and there was a free exhibition of art work from around the world supporting the victims. Unfortunately other exhibits were not free and with it already costing 800yen to enter we were not keen to spend more money (or time) in it.
My advice: only visit if you are REALLY keen on manga and are happy to spend all day reading it.

Visited March 2012
1 Thank Sarah H
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Zurich, Switzerland
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Easy to get to and worth visiting even if you no interest in Manga”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

Even if you have absolutely no in test in Manga the museum is worth the 800 JPY just to see and sample their vast collection and to learn a little bit about what Manga is and how to read it. Very easy to get to: subway to Karasuma-oike exit 2 turn right to crossroads then turn left and walk about two mins. You can't miss it. The museum cafe did a nice selection of cheap snacks.

Visited July 2012
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