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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4.0in the last week

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.

5.0a month ago

Like most places in Japan, this museum is exceptionally cheap to visit. The grounds are absolutely stunning and there’s major works on at the moment to replace and upgrade the exhibitions. Nice place to sit and escape the city whilst you’re exploring Kyoto 🤗

5.02 months 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.

1.02 weeks ago

We arrived to see the museum closed off for some private event. This was not announced on their website or Google. Big disappointment.

5.05 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.

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