Kyoto International Manga Museum

Sightseeing information about Kyoto International Manga Museum in Japan.

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This museum has a collection of around 300,000 manga or Japanese comic books, 50,000 of which are open for free reading and viewing. Most of the comic books and displays are in Japanese, but the collection of oversees and translated works are gradually expanding.

The museum, opened in 2006 at a former primary school, has three floors and basement with walls containing an assortment of historical and modern manga series. There are workshops and events on drawing and comic books. A 5-minute walk from Karasuma-Oike station of the subway line.

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5.0a month ago

Great place to relax and make a short stop over for even several hours if you like. Great to read all international Manga. Best never the less was the Kawaii Manga look drawing of yourself for very small amount of money. Absolutely worth it !!

5.03 weeks ago

Beautiful museum, vast display. English explanations. The origins of Manga, history and styles. Includes a gift shop, and a cafe. Lovely!

5.0in the last week

Absolutely love this place! I visit every time I'm in Kyoto. All exhibitions have English guidance and there's a big manga reading zone right at the entrance for foreign languages. A permanent and a changing special exhibition are available. All for ¥800. You can't miss the big building and it houses a cafe outside as well as a shop inside. I wish it was opened longer than 6pm, though, as all the sightseeing also closes at 5ish and it would be much more convenient for tourists to come in the evening.

4.02 months ago

A really nice experience, but I would have thought it would contain more history about the Manga art and also more paintings on the wall instead of all those books. It's quite impressive though, it has 40.000 många books and the building has a historical value. The shop was nice, but would have expected a larger variety of things. I highly recommend anyone to visit!

5.03 weeks ago

What draws many to Japan is not it’s ancient history but it’s modern culture, one of nation’s defining features and biggest exports. Manga, Japanese comic books, are central to this and no exploration of the history of the island would be complete without at least a cursory look at this phenomenon. There exists no better way to do this than by visiting the International Manga Museum in Kyoto.

Containing an estimated 300,000 examples of the art-form, as well as useful information on it’s historical development, the museum is a very rounded and entertaining activity for an afternoon. Set in a former elementary school, a walk around is a fully interactive experience, with any of it’s collection free to browse or sit and read, as well as regular hands-on illustration demonstrations and classes. Though Japanese skills would be a plus, the museum has an ever-expanding translated section and regardless, much enjoyment can be had through the images alone.

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