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

The main area was closed when we went but the exhibition that they had on history of Japan was really fascinating. The audio guides were also extremely helpful and I would recommend getting them especially as they're not that expensive.

5.03 months ago

What an amazing museum! The structure itself is beautiful, and then the exhibit on the first floor was amazing. Huge imposing statues, with good English commentary. Well worth seeing for these statues alone. The only downside is that pictures were not allowed anywhere.

4.03 months ago

It was a really special place to visit. Very cheap to enter and the exhibitions were incredibly interesting and very beautiful. It seemed like a large part of it was closed whilst we were there, some of the floors in one building and then the whole of the meiji section so I can't give them a five this time round.

4.03 months ago

Seasonal exhibitions so do check what is on before heading down as it might not be of interest to you and it’s will b a waste. Nice building and the landscape. It’s just opp the 33 shrine/temple so its ideal to visit this together.

5.03 months ago

The building itself is extraordinary. There are many good places to sit down, relax and contemplate. Check out the exhibition info before coming.

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