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.
Kyoto National Museum Reviews
seems some of the exhibits change often but they were all great. Some excellent ancient stone age stuff. more »
say, however - absolutely overcrowded when we visited and, even though I'm tall and can look over the majority of other visitors, it was still to busy to be any fun. Good location and great 36 Poets..... more »
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!
A wonderful museum with a fine collection. Easily walkable. A great way to spend an afternoon.
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