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Kyoto International Manga Museum
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Camberley, England, United Kingdom
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“It was really good...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

I wasn't sure about whether I would be interested in going here, but I'm very glad I did.

You see Manga drawing everywhere, across Europe and has even in Hollywood too.

It is well worth a visit, even if you don't have kids!

Visited January 2014
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“Interesting place to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2013

I'm glad we went to visit - nice window into Japanese Manga plus a bit of society generally, good overview + timeline exhibition (with good English + international viewpoint) upstairs, and balanced out all the temples we'd seen! Plus some Manga artists pictures along the corridors, the artist drawing manga pictures, and a few interesting details about the building itself. Also, the cafe was cute and convenient, or alternatively the Nishi market is not far away if you want more traditional food.
However... the huge library of Japanese manga really wasn't that interesting or accessible to myself as a non-Japanese speaker, plus the entry fee (800 Yen for adults, 100 or 200 Yen for children) for the overall museum was a bit on the high side for what we actually saw there. Maybe the Museum should consider having a different admission price or scheme for newbies / tourists like me just wanting an intro + overview, and people wanting to browse the whole library?

Visited December 2013
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Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Over-priced and dull!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

A very annoying experience! I'd been looking forward to coming here but it proved to be a very frustrating waste of time. Firstly it's expensive and then doesn't deliver on it's promise. The library, aimed at the local youth, is no doubt a great repository of manga but hardly accessible to the tourist. The museum is where it all falls apart - there were a number of good exhibitions but the displays lacked an approach to visual media that you implicitly expect of a museum dedicated to visual media! It was such a shame, i simply can't rate this place.

Visited June 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Unique Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

This is a great place for manga fans. The admission fee for adults has been recently revised from 500 Yen to 800 Yen. Re-entry is allowed.

The museum spans over 3 storeys and one can easily spend few hours inside browsing at the mass collections. There are areas for comic fans to enjoy the books. You can either sit or lie on the floor with small pillows around.

At the entrance, there is a booth where you can have your caricature drawn. A café is also located right outside the museum.

Visited November 2013
Thank chankwc
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Great for a rainy day!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

Perfect place to relax on a rainy day with a stack of manga/ comics, especially when you're completely exhausted from all the other energy consuming tourist attractions in Kyoto.

Only issue: a rather small/ incomplete collection for a well known Manga Museum. For example, they only had 7/ 33 volumes of Skip Beat. To me, that is unbelievable.

Note: the 800 yen ticket works for the entire day. So if I were you, I'd venture out and look for some grub before I head back to the museum. The food, like at any other museum, just aint that great.

Visited October 2013
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