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Kyoto National Museum

Travel Guide - Kyoto National Museum


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


  • 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


京都国立博物館 @kyohaku_gallery - 2020-05-26
The Kyoto National Museum opens again to the public on Tuesday, June 2, with limited exhibitions in… https://t.co/1E2vEJJiJA
HasegawaTomoyuki @RecentTomHase - 2020-05-25
I spend lunch brake watching this movie.
I'm compiling English subtitles recently, so it's good to study how.
Torar… https://t.co/M1dHw3D7fa
Ken Hayashi @KyotoRealEstate - 2020-05-24
Renovated Condo Apartment in Higashiyama Ward near Kyoto National Museum https://t.co/Zbe8cPIuhU https://t.co/2dMT6mVORS
京都国立博物館 トラりん @TORARINOFFICIAL - 2020-05-22
Hello. It’s me, Torarin the tiger!
There is a new video on Torarin’s Museum Channel!

Torarin’s Museum Channel, “Th… https://t.co/ec4s96b8gG
Anime Frontier @AnimeFrontierTX - 2020-05-20
Visit of the Kyoto National Museum in your PJs

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京都国立博物館 トラりん @TORARINOFFICIAL - 2020-05-18
I am coming to you today on International Museum Day!

There are new videos available on Torarin’s Museum Channel.… https://t.co/FJyOgXbxp4
Japan Cultural Expo @enJPCultureExpo - 2020-05-08
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京都国立博物館 トラりん @TORARINOFFICIAL - 2020-05-08
Hello! It’s me, Torarin the tiger!
Welcome to another installment of Torarin’s Museum Channel!

Torarin’s Museum Ch… https://t.co/ZMwMnDxHL2
maguro @ stuck in kumamoto @magutuna096 - 2020-05-06
They somehow both ended up as part of Kyoto National Museum collection alongside Souza and Bami.
Too bad we did not… https://t.co/MiGoaQ2Et4
Shigenobu Fujioka @nobufujioka - 2020-05-03
Exhibition Notes 2020-2019: Nino Caruso: Forms of Memory and Space (The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto) #art… https://t.co/OI36Q7t1g2
The 2018 Christmas Express @2018Express - 2020-04-29
@TheTrainHacker Kyoto rail museum is first rate. Actually the best I've been to and that includes JR East, UK Natio… https://t.co/9fyx9tfQGP
Fujikoda Mine @KodaKazar - 2020-04-24
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JuniPerus @Zwiebacker - 2020-04-21
Unknown Artist, Uchikake with Phoenix and Birds, Meiji period, 19th century, silk crepe, paste-resist died, 68.5 x… https://t.co/R8OeZtaqWf
seki (covered in kitten fluff) @sekiful - 2020-04-20
@anehanm 1000 piece and apparently from the Kyoto national museum (it was a gift).
stephanie pope @mythopoetry - 2020-04-19
image credit:

Image from a Japanese scroll describing the realm of the hungry ghosts and how to placate them. Curr… https://t.co/ayw3psnVlE
Trip_Kyoto @Trip_Kyoto - 2020-04-18
We Know The Thinker. Kyoto National Museum has it. This video is cool!
🎥 : Torarin
🗣 : English… https://t.co/ZJTgkZLPPW
京都国立博物館 トラりん @TORARINOFFICIAL - 2020-04-17
I am Torarin!

I live at the Kyoto National Museum, but sadly the museum is closed now.
Would you like to v… https://t.co/j5pchGuiPZ
Belinda @bellaella7 - 2020-04-15
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk at the V&A Explores the History, and Global Appeal, of Japan’s National Dress https://t.co/sMkOnzcIMW
Ken Hayashi @KyotoRealEstate - 2020-04-11
House in Higashiyama near Kyoto National Museum and Sanjusangendo Shrine https://t.co/7HZJ0Qy6Dm https://t.co/LX4RNAJ1C9
Ken Hayashi @KyotoRealEstate - 2020-04-11
House in Higashiyama near Kyoto National Museum and Sanjusangendo Shrine https://t.co/udQL5vVNNQ
Hostelman.com @Hostelman - 2020-04-08
Kyoto National Museum


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🍌🥞 @blupuddy - 2020-03-31
Found some things I bought on the cursed NHK 2017 trip. They’ve been stored away until now. The lollies are past th… https://t.co/OxH38YlPKX
🍌🥞 @blupuddy - 2020-03-31
Found some things I bought on the cursed NHK 2017 trip. They’ve been stored away until now. The lollies are past th… https://t.co/OxH38YlPKX
Camellia Tea Ceremony @camelliakyoto - 2020-03-27
✅Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto Manga Museum, The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto Tower & Toei Studio Park have all reopened (… https://t.co/oAy2MAIp99
Oxford Ceramics @oxfordceramics - 2020-03-26
This catalogue is from the 1983 exhibition of #KawaiKanjiro at the National Museum for Modern Art in Kyoto celebrat… https://t.co/Pjz61qkdLm
Nonaka-Hill @RNonakaHill - 2020-03-25
Sofu Teshigahara Timeline
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1967 [66-67 years old]
Sculpture by Sofu Teshigahara organized by Ats… https://t.co/tihBci09wJ
francis james corpuz @franciscorpuz - 2020-03-20
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retta @retta525 - 2020-03-18
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Camellia Tea Ceremony @camelliakyoto - 2020-03-17
*Toei Kyoto Studio Park - Eiga-mura (until March 19th)
*National Museum of Modern Art (from 29th February - tbc)
*K… https://t.co/tGongPVLi1
Camellia Tea Ceremony @camelliakyoto - 2020-03-17
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Naomi S Leotta @NaomiSLeotta - 2020-03-15
Impressive textiles. National dress of Japan. Kimono Kyoto to catwalk. #v&a #kimono
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