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Seven recommended art galleries and museums where you can experience the unique sensibility of Kyoto

Seven recommended art galleries and museums where you can experience the unique sensibility of Kyoto

2021-06-18 Management office

If you have come to Kyoto and want to see something that can only be seen in Kyoto, here are some recommendations for museums and art galleries.
For intellectual satisfaction and heightened sensitivity, something a little geeky is recommended.
Go in with a relaxed mindset and try to absorb as much as you can and leave. There is sure to be something to gain.
This article is a collection of all places that incorporate such intellectual desires and unusual objects for your reference.

Kyoto Railway Museum

The Kyoto Railway Museum exhibits 53 real rolling stock, from steam locomotives to bullet trains.
The fan-shaped garage, familiar from Thomas the Locomotive, is rare in Japan, and is a popular museum for children and adults of all ages, as it is a rare opportunity to see it up close.
The interactive corner is also hot, and visitors can ride on a real SL Steam train. There is also a driving simulator and a railroad diorama to keep you entertained all day long.

The main building also has a 500 series Shinkansen train and a sleeper train.

There are many trains not only outside but also inside the museum, of course.
You can take a closer look at sleeping cars that were actually used, the first mass-produced steam locomotive in Japan, a bonnet-type limited express alternating current train, and even a train imported from England.
There are original goods of Kyoto Railway Museum and even a train cafeteria where you can eat on the train. This museum can be enjoyed by enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike.

"Facility Information "
Name: Kyoto Railway Museum
Address: Kankiji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8835
Phone number: 075-323-7334
Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Wednesdays, Year-end and New Year holidays
Budget: Adults 1,200 yen / University and high school students 1,000 yen / Junior and senior high school students 500 yen / Infants 200 yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: This is one of the largest railroad museums in Japan where visitors can see, touch, and experience the trains. There are 53 real trains, trains, and bullet trains.
URL: https://www.kyotorailwaymuseum.jp/

Kyoto National Museum

The Kyoto National Museum is a national museum that houses and exhibits many national treasures and important cultural properties.
The Meiji Ancient Capital Museum, built in the Meiji era, mainly houses special exhibitions, while the Heisei Chishinkan, built in the Heisei era, houses permanent exhibits.
The building itself is also a National Important Cultural Property, and the museum has many attractions.

Heisei Chishinkan is another modern building.

The modern design incorporates a Japanese-style spatial structure, including a restaurant where you can eat while enjoying a view of the garden. Kyoto-style Kyoto Uji green tea sweets plates are also available for a relaxing stay.
The gardens are also wonderful, with an east garden for outdoor exhibits, a west garden and a fountain area with a statue of Rodin's Thinker.
It is a recommended tourist attraction because it is enjoyable enough even if the exhibit you are interested in is not.

"Facility Information "
Name: Kyoto National Museum
Address: 〒605-0931 527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-525-2473
Business hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Monday
Budget: Masterpieces Gallery Adults 700 yen/University students 350 yen/High school students and younger free Special exhibits vary depending on the special exhibition.
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Numerous national treasures and important cultural assets can be viewed in a spacious area.
URL: https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/jp/index.html

Kyoto Samurai Ninja Museum

This museum offers samurai and ninja experiences.
You can see samurai armor and real swords with a guide, which will give you a more detailed knowledge of the samurai.
Actual Japanese swords are available for sale, so if you are interested, go and see for yourself. If you are at all interested in samurai and ninja, this is a hands-on museum where you can have a good time.

You can be a samurai or a princess!

Visitors can take commemorative photos in costume and practice shuriken and bow and arrow training in ninja garb. Visitors can also try their hand at iai with replicas and wooden swords, and armor.
It is a popular tourist spot for people of all ages, as visitors can enjoy powerful performances, including samurai shows. For an extra fee, visitors can try their hand at cutting Japanese swords.

"Facility Information "
Name: Kyoto Samurai Ninja Museum
Address: 2F Poetry alley building, 292 Higashidaimonji-cho, Teramachi-dori Nishikikoji-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8043, Japan
Phone number: 075-585-5410
Hours of operation: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Budget: Adults 1,900 yen / Children under 12 800 yen / Children under 3 free
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space & Facilities: You can study about Samurai and Ninja in Kyoto. You can also borrow samurai and ninja costumes and train in them.
URL: https://mai-ko.com/samurai/

Kyoto International Manga Museum

It is Japan's first comprehensive manga cultural facility, created in 2006 by renovating a former elementary school from the early Showa period.
The museum has a collection of about 300,000 manga, of which about 50,000 can actually be read inside the museum and in the garden. The first director of the museum was Moshi Yoro, who is now Hiroshi Aramata.
Designated as a nationally registered tangible cultural property, it is a popular museum that attracts many domestic and international tourists.

Workshops and original goods!

Not just a museum, there are also workshops where you can actually draw manga and private lessons.
A wide variety of manga T-shirts, tenugui hand towels, and even manga art supplies are sold. The food is also delicious, and visitors can spend a whole day happy in the manga.
Please visit the museum of Japanese culture, manga.

"Facility Information "
Name: Kyoto International Manga Museum
Address: 〒604-0846 452 Kanabuki-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-254-7414
Business hours: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Closed: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Budget: Adults 900 yen / Junior and senior high school students 400 yen / Elementary school students 200 yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: A former elementary school was renovated to become the only manga museum in Japan. With approximately 300,000 manga, this facility is sure to be enjoyed by manga lovers.
URL: https://www.kyotomm.jp/

Laurel Crown Okura Memorial Hall

This is a corporate museum of Gekkeikan, a leading sake company.
Visitors can study the history and culture of sake brewing and sake in Fushimi, and observe sake brewing at the Kura Sake Brewery next door. The Hori River flows next to the memorial hall, and the earthen storehouse buildings are quite tasteful, making it a pleasant place to spend time just strolling around.

Tasting of ginjo sake available!

One cup comes with the admission fee, and you can also sample the food inside.
We also sell Gekkeikan retro bottles.
It is a great place to spend a mellow time for those who love to drink. Of course, those who do not drink alcohol can also enjoy it.

"Facility Information "
Name: Gekkeikan Okura Memorial Hall
Address: 247 Minamihama-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, 612-8043, Japan
Phone number: 075-623-2056
Hours of operation: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed: Obon and year-end and New Year holidays
Budget: Adults 600 yen / 13-19 years old 100 yen / 12 years old and under free
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Gekkeikan's corporate museum in an earthen storehouse structure, where you can observe the sake brewing process and enjoy souvenirs and tastings. The townscape is also charming, so just a tour is good.
URL: https://www.gekkeikan.co.jp/enjoy/museum/

Kyoto Arashiyama Music Box Museum

It is a museum for music boxes, from antique music boxes to the latest music boxes.
You will be gently greeted by the sounds of a music box with a trick doll and an old music box. About 150 music boxes, carefully selected from Luge's music box collection and about 2,000 music boxes, are on display.

Lots of unusual items.

On display are all the music boxes that women have held in their hands at one time or another in their pursuits. Pack your treasures into a cute little box of music boxes. Time spent surrounded by precious music boxes is an enchanting and luxurious experience.
There is a music box museum and a music box store where you can actually buy the ones you like.

"Facility Information "
Name: Kyoto Arashiyama Music Box Museum
Address: Saga Arashiyama Tenryuji Temple, 1-38 Tateishi-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, 616-8375, Japan
Phone number: 075-865-1020
Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The cost is 1,000yen for adults/700yen for college students/600yen for junior high school students/300yen for elementary school students/no material for children not yet enrolled in school
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Surrounded by precious music boxes, visitors can see and hear a carefully selected collection.
URL: http://www.orgel-hall.com/

Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum

This is a rare museum of kaleidoscopes in Japan. About 50 kaleidoscopes are displayed daily, and all of them can be seen in person.
It is recommended to take a closer look at the kaleidoscope, which has a mysterious charm that changes the view in front of your eyes little by little and makes you look at it forever. You will be captivated by the wonderful patterns that sparkle and shine. There are not only domestic kaleidoscopes but also foreign kaleidoscopes, and if you take your time and look at them carefully, you will be filled with an indescribable feeling of exhilaration by the time you leave.

Workshops where you can make your own kaleidoscopes are also available.

Workshops are always being held to make kaleidoscopes, and workshops with kaleidoscope artists are also available, making it possible to create your own kaleidoscope.
They are easy to make, even for first-timers, and will be a lifetime keepsake.

"Facility Information "
Name: Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum
Address: 〒604-8184, 706-3, Tumiwain-machi, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-254-7902
Business hours: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closed: Monday
I give the calculation: adults 500 yen / college students 300 yen / elementary and middle school students 100 yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: This is a rare museum in Japan dedicated to kaleidoscopes. Visitors can actually hold a kaleidoscope in their hands, appreciate it to their heart's content, and even make their own kaleidoscopes.
URL: http://k-kaleido.org/


Have you found a museum or art gallery you would like to visit?
All of the museums are maniacally enjoyable at their best. It is very interesting to feel differently if you relax your shoulders and look at them as if you accept everything.
I wish you a memorable experience.

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