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Understand the evolution of Japanese arts at Kyoto National Museum, one of the most prestigious museums in the country. Originally set in an 1895 building, a huge modern wing with special pavilions was added in 2014. In numerous galleries, the museum tells a concise story of pre-modern Japanese art and Asian art through archeological relics, illustrated handscrolls, calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, and costumes. You can also see a collection of Buddhist paintings, lacquerware, and metalwork. Outdoor exhibits feature stone sculptures from Korea, early stone Buddhas, and Rodin’s "Thinker." Grab a drink at the lovely tea and coffee house, which sits in a spacious landscape garden. The museum is a five-minute walk from Shichijo station. Plan your visit to Kyoto National Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kyoto online visit planner.
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日本国内に4つある国立博物館の1つ。京都駅からのアクセスの場合、基本的にはバスなどの公共交通機関を使用するのが一般的であるが、京都駅から徒歩で20分程度の距離であるため、天気がいい日であれば散策気分で訪れてみるのもいいだろう。 敷地内に入るとすぐ目に飛び込んでくる建物として、明治時代に博物館が創立されてから現在に至るまで存在する、威風堂々たる赤レンガ造りの洋風建築である『明治古都館（旧本館）』と.... more
日本国内に4つある国立博物館の1つ。京都駅からのアクセスの場合、基本的にはバスなどの公共交通機関を使用するのが一般的であるが、京都駅から徒歩で20分程度の距離であるため、天気がいい日であれば散策気分で訪れてみるのもいいだろう。 敷地内に入るとすぐ目に飛び込んでくる建物として、明治時代に博物館が創立されてから現在に至るまで存在する、威風堂々たる赤レンガ造りの洋風建築である『明治古都館（旧本館）』と.... more »
Main exhibition closed. Unusually uptight museum staff Ticket confusion with credit cards. Staff keyed in on being highly vigilant of foreigners. Not very interesting.
Main exhibition closed. Unusually uptight museum staff Ticket confusion with credit cards. Staff keyed in on being highly vigilant of foreigners. Not very interesting. more »
Although the main buildings are closed until the new year, there were still plenty of fascinating things to see in the gardens. The architecture of the main hall and gate is also fascinating as it was constructed in 1895 and does not resemble other Japanese-style buildings. I visited around noon on a week day and there were only a few others walking around. It was very peaceful and I’m excited to return when the exhibits open again!
The exhibitions are changed frequently, so every visit a couple of weeks apart promises to present a new set of well preserved national treasures alongside those that remain all year round. Access is cheap for a national museum of this kind; access is discounted for students and it is free for some exceptions such as students of Kyoto University.
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