The historical city of Japan has always lived up to its status and time and again proved why it is known to be so. Kyoto with over 4000 historical sites and its many art galleries and the famous Kyoto museums, this city has preserved history in the best possible way. From paintings to sculptures, ancient temples to gothic style castles this ancient city has everything that would excite a history or an art lover. Not just that but in Kyoto you will find age old architecture heavily inspired by Buddhism which will leave you awestruck.
With these many museums and temples, Kyoto is where you should be at. From contemporary restaurants serving the best Japanese cuisine to a temple dating back to the fourteenth century, Kinkaku Ji, you can find anything and everything. But the major highlight of the city are its many museums. From pre-modern Japanese art to contemporary art and Yuichi Sake Dyeing the museums in Kyoto offer a lot of variety to the tourists and explorers.
5 Best Kyoto Museums
Here is a list of 5 Kyoto Museums that every explorer will love. You should visit these museums to know why we say so!
1. Kyoto National Museum
One of the oldest museums in Kyoto, the Kyoto National Museum was established in 1897 and is one of Japan’s most unique and distinguished museums. Consisting of a wide variety of relics, paintings, sculptures, calligraphy, costumes and much more. Housed in the gallery of the Heisei Chishinkan, the Kyoto National Museum in addition to the permanent exhibitions also holds temporary special exhibitions where the art displayed is absolutely stunning.
Location: 527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Timings: 9:30 AM– 5:00 PM (Monday closed)
2. National Museum Of Modern Art
Better known as MOMAK, the National Museum of Modern Art was established in 1963. Designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki presents either standalone or touring art exhibitions. In addition to that, the museum also has works on display from the permanent collection which change every month. From Japanese and Asian paintings to sculptures and dyeing this museum offers a large variety of options for the tourists to explore.
Location: Okazaki Enshojicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 606-8344, Japan
Timings: 11 AM-6:30 PM (Monday closed)
3. Kyoto Shibori Museum
The Kyoto Shibori Museum is a museum dedicated to the art of Yuichi Sake Dying. One of the most famous and best museums in Kyoto, this is a place where you can find craftsmen actually working on the draw-dyed products. This Shibori museum in Kyoto with a special exhibition where the designs change every few months is a place where you can actually get a first hand experience of how beautiful designs and clothing is produced. You can also find beautiful scarves and furoshiki for yourselves.
Location: 127 Shikiamicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8261, Japan
Timings: 9 AM-5 PM
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4. Kyoto International Manga Museum
All the Manga fans, rejoice. Your dream just came true. The city has a Manga Museum and it honestly is one of the best museums in Kyoto. This museum was established in 2006 and consists of more than three lakh items which simply are all about Manga. From contemporary and modern manga art to early historical examples of Manga, this museum has everything and believe us visiting the place would be a very delightful experience.
Location: Kinbukicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-0846, Japan
Timings: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
5. Costume Museum
This very interesting museum in Kyoto boasts of a colourful collection of clothing that was once worn by the Japanese nobility in the Heian period. The museum has life sized dolls dressed in these beautiful costumes. If you wanna explore the culture and are interested in the history then let’s enlighten you bit. The world’s first novel, ‘The Tale of Genji’ too is on exhibition in this museum. If you want to explore the most fun museum in Kyoto then this is it,
Location: Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Timings: 10 AM-5 PM
With this kind of variety and these many museums, Kyoto is very intriguing and exciting. But if you thought museums are only about history then the Kyoto International Manga Museum and Costume Museum will bust all your myths and they would be all about fun. If you are excited and are thinking of planning a trip to Japan soon then check out these customizable options and plan your trip with TravelTriangle.
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