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Kyoto National Museum

Travel Guide - Kyoto National Museum

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Kyoto National Museum was originally opened as The Imperial Museum of Kyoto in 1897. The museum is mainly housed in two buildings - the prominent red brick building built in 1895 is the museum's former main building (Meiji Koto-kan), and the modern-style white building completed in 2014 is the current main building (Heisei Chishin-kan). The former main building is designated as a Important Cultural Property and is only used for special exhibitions today.
The museum holds about 12,000 of fine arts, historical artifacts and handicrafts, and half of them were donated from the public including shrines and temples in Kyoto and Nara. The museum's collection of fine arts is especially highly rated, holding over 200 items that are designated as National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties.
The museum also displays stone Buddha statues created in the Heian Period (794 - 1185), stone pagodas created in the Kamakura Period (1185 - 1333), and a famous sculpture "The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin in the garden.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 9:30 - 18:00 *admission until 30 minutes before closing
  • 9:30 - 20:00 (Fridays) *admission until 30 minutes before closing

ClosedClosed

  • Mondays (or the following day when it falls on a national holiday)

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Varies according to the exhibition

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 10 minutes from JR Kyoto Station by the #206 or #208 bus. Get off at Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae Bus stop.
  • 7 minutes walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Main Line

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 527, Chayacho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0931

TweetsTweets

JourneyJournal @JourneyJournal5 - 2019-01-13
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Shane Hoey @shanethoey - 2019-01-13
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ICEE ICOM @ICEE_ICOM - 2019-01-11
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globalmuseum @globalmuseum - 2019-01-09
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Brian White @CyberSonzai - 2019-01-07
@RENATOLOGY Mind if I ask why no mention of the Kyoto Manga Museum? I'd always considered that the de facto 'national' manga museum.
fwitkam @fwitkam - 2019-01-07
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Michael Lambe @deepkyoto - 2018-12-30
Indigo Blue Sutra Manuscripts: Ornamenting the Buddha's Sacred Words
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Faine Greenwood @faineg - 2018-12-26
We tried to see the Kyoto National Museum but it was shut for the holiday, so we went to the Sanjūsangen-dō temple,… https://t.co/zLMIWalH2J
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tkhr @tkhrshny - 2018-12-16
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Jezebel @Jezebel - 2018-11-27
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Mondo Mascots @mondomascots - 2018-11-26
Torarin, the grumpy grey tiger mascot of Kyoto National Museum, takes it easy. https://t.co/kwyEaHC4Dl
Mondo Mascots @mondomascots - 2018-11-26
Torarin, the grumpy grey tiger mascot of Kyoto National Museum, takes it easy. https://t.co/kwyEaHC4Dl
ryuhui🍄 @ryuaasami1314 - 2018-11-26
Today went to kyoto national museum,l'm so excited that visit katana exhibition at last day!then what has most impo… https://t.co/jEEp6KJb4x
Carol M Studio @carolmstudio - 2018-11-25
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Carol M Studio @carolmstudio - 2018-11-25
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Carol M Studio @carolmstudio - 2018-11-25
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Carol M Studio @carolmstudio - 2018-11-25
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Nodoka/y @nsk157 - 2018-11-25
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☆SATCHIN☆ @SATCHIN5 - 2018-11-25
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タチバナ/てち @tcbn___ - 2018-11-25
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Prisma @ImperialJPNfan - 2018-11-22
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dani 🌟 @sunblitz - 2018-11-18
We went to the Kyoto national museum today and there was a touken ranbu event going on https://t.co/xuXIHcmJJ0
Phyo Win Latt @kerryht - 2018-11-17
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