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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4.04 weeks ago

Great museum. The meiji section was closed when I came but there was still plenty to see. They honored my girlfriends student ID from the US too!

4.0a month ago

A wonderful museum with a fine collection. Easily walkable. A great way to spend an afternoon.

5.04 months ago

On the way to Sanjusangendo, I found out this place. The garden is beautiful and I was so impressed by the 5 Wisdom Buddhas on the 1st floor. The focus lighting made them stunning and I couldn't stop looking at them. And there are also other interesting exhibitions such as kimono, paintings, ceramics, etc. This place was worth visiting.

4.0a month ago

I think we paid about $15-20 per adult. museum was clean, easy to navigate and had $5 audio rental headsets for english notations. I gave it 4/5 as i thought the museum artifacts were bland at times.

Can't crush them based on that as i'm sure exhibits constantly rotate and artifacts are largely subjective.

5.0a week ago

Amazing new building! A representation of Kyoto's rich history.

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