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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5.0a month ago

I came to Japan hoping for uniquely Japanese experiences. This museum certainly delivers on that. We really enjoyed the english audio guide that was available to rent, as it really brought the exhibit to life.

At the time of our visit the main gallery was closed, but they had an exhibit on the 36 immortal poets. It was fascinating to learn what an important role poetry played in the classical Japanese court.

5.02 months ago

The architecture of this place is pretty amazing, the contemporary insert blends with the older structure through beautiful minimalist landscape. The content in the museum is really nice too, I got to see an exhibition on the 36 immortal poets and it was a great insight into traditional Waka poetry and Japanese calligraphy.

4.05 months ago

Modern building with an easy to follow route through a fascinating range of exhibits. We particularly enjoyed the paleolithic artifacts including arrow heads and stone tools. The 1st floor exhibits included life size statues and the 2nd floor displayed scrolls about various stories. A great place to visit for a couple of hours on a very warm day in Kyoto.

2.03 months ago

Two days in a row we were disappointed with this museum, both times circumstantial but communication was bad. First we only found out the museum was closed for a typhoon - understandable but nothing was on the website. Subsequent day it turns out the permanent exhibition is closed as the building will be renovated. Also understandable but nothing on the website. That's a lot of time wasted.

4.02 months ago

Great grounds and architecture. Majority of content is related to Japanese poetry with very few translations. Not for kids.

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