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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


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TSUMUGU: Japan Art & Culture (English ed.) @jpn_art_culture - 2020-10-24
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Amazing luxurious apartment in Kyoto right across from Four Seasons Hotel.

Wilson Chan @LeviLivy - 2020-10-22
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Premium Kyoto Friendly Guide @Premium_Kyoto - 2020-10-15
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Ken Hayashi@Arrows Int'l Realty from Kyoto @KyotoRealEstate - 2020-10-13
House in Higashiyama Ward near Kyoto National Museum and Toyokuni Shrine https://t.co/XrdjRcE1jY
Ken Hayashi@Arrows Int'l Realty from Kyoto @KyotoRealEstate - 2020-10-13
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京都国立博物館 @kyohaku_gallery - 2020-10-10
Notice to Museum Visitors, Saturday, October 10, 2020
The Kyoto National Museum is open today during normal museum hours.
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Inoue Yūichi
花 (Hana; Flower) 1957
Ink, paper and newspaper
814 x 1344 mm
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto https://t.co/hbifMACa43
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TSUMUGU: Japan Art & Culture (English ed.) @jpn_art_culture - 2020-09-18
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Ken Hayashi @KyotoRealEstate - 2020-08-29
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Freya Terryn @frovasshot - 2020-08-27
Highlight of the day: the discovery that Kyoto National Museum has a grumpy tiger as mascot! #torarin
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@wrathofgnon At Kyoto National Museum* meant to say - similar to the ones you see in Sanjusengando shrine
Dr. Slots @DoctorSlots - 2020-08-26
@wrathofgnon At Kyoto National Museum* meant to say - similar to the ones you see in Sanjusengando shrine
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