Kyoto National Museum

Sightseeing information about Kyoto National Museum in Japan.

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This museum, one of four national museums in Japan, is located in Higashiyama, near the Sanjusangendo ('33-interval hall'). The museum focuses on mainly pre-modern Japanese works, with special emphasis on a collection of the Heian period (794-1185). For visitors interested in Buddhism, a huge collection of ancient Chinese and Japanese sutras are on display.

There are more than 12,000 works, of which 6,000 are on display on either permanent or temporary exhibitions. The museum is divided into three sections - Fine Arts, including paintings, sculpture and calligraphy; Handicrafts, including pottery, fabrics and lacquerware; and Archaeology, including historical artefacts. In the garden stands a statue of "The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin.

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5.09 months ago

This Museum is well worth the visit. All the exhibits were really cool. The staff was also on point and helpful. Side note: the glass was so clean that I almost hit my head due to me not seeing it.

5.07 months ago

Absolutely must to see! There are special lecture about the museum history free of charges held twice a day at B2 floor, there is free audio interpreter if you didn't understand Japanese much. There is also audio guide available for the rest of the museum 550 yen, which also recommended. You can't speak loudly or taking photos inside exhibition Building but you can freely take photo outside. Meiji building can't be entered for now

3.0a month ago

Good selection of National Treasures, but maybe too ambitious by trying to cover so many genres. The souvenirs associated with the show were thus unattractive.

5.0a year ago

This is a beautiful exhibit! The old building is closed for renovation but the new building and ongoing exhibits are definitely worth a visit. The size of the exhibit is a bit smaller than you’d expect from the size of the building and price of the tickets however so keep that in mind if you’re on a shoestring budget.

5.09 months ago

This is one of the high quality museum you should visit. It is very informative. I spent more than an hour inside.

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