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Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

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Fantastic little Museum

If you love Netsuke this is a wonderful Museum in a very interesting old Samurai House. I also... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2018
Melbourne, Australia
So much more than a museum

Amazing visit to Seishu netsuke art museum. T is housed in the only existing samurai residence in... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2018
ros m
Auvillar, France
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The foremost museum in Japan dedicated to netsuke miniature sculpture, situated in one of Kyoto's last samurai residences, near Nijo Castle. The museum holds an impressive collection of 2,500 pieces dating from the Edo Period to present, 400 of...more
46-1 Mibukayogoshocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8811, Kyoto Prefecture
City Centre
+81 75-802-7000
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

If you love Netsuke this is a wonderful Museum in a very interesting old Samurai House. I also thought the whole neighbourhood was interesting too. A bit tricky to find but the map on their website was helpful.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Amazing visit to Seishu netsuke art museum. T is housed in the only existing samurai residence in Kyoto city. It was built in the period 1804-17 during the time when netsuke art grew and flourished. The exhibits range from modern times back to this early...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ros m
Reviewed 15 March 2018

Not so difficult to find, if you follow signs for Mibudera Temple, which is directly opposite this fabulous museum. Set in a beautiful samurai house, with a delightful garden, there are some 400 mostly contemporary and some antique netsuke displayed from a very large private...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Sian C
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

The museum is a bit hidden in a back alley, but once you enter you're in for a surprise. You take off your shoes and step in a lovingly restored samurai villa, with some 400 netsuke's on display. An elegant dining room opens up to...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank brienanni
Reviewed 21 September 2017

This place is nothing less than a Netsuke lover's dream! Having adored these tiny sculptures since my teens, I practically swooned when I walked in. There are hundreds of carefully displayed pieces-- many on mirrors so you can see the bottom, and many on tiny...More

Date of experience: September 2017
3  Thank Snarth
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I love netsuke, so I found about this little museum knowing beforehand what to search for, as it is not a popular turist spot that you can easily find on lists of Kyoto attractions. The collection is impressive, and even you're not interested in netsuke,...More

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank Natalia N
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Located inside one of the few remaining samurai villas in Kyoto, the netsuke museum is an exquisite museum devoted to Japan's delightful miniature worn sculptures called netsuke. Stunning displays allow you to get lost in the playful miniatures that are replete with visual jokes. The...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank VeloDC
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Read up a little before you go but well worth it if you want an experience you cannot get anywhere else.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank 72janef
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

A small museum packed full of netsuke figurines that is definitely worth a visit. The venue is wonderful - it's an old samurai home - and very picturesque. A warning though, it's tucked within a residential area and a bit off the beaten track. The...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank FT-London
Reviewed 7 June 2016

This museum contains the most stunning exquisite collection of netsuke, although it is rather difficult to find. A very kind local man guided me there. I have to admit that i never fully understood what netsuke really are until i saw some sometime ago, on...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank annieflorence2
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Sorry just seeing this. No need to advance purchase. Deb