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Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

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Excellent and beautiful experience!

Not so difficult to find, if you follow signs for Mibudera Temple, which is directly opposite this... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2018
Sian C
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Hidden gem transports you back in time.

The museum is a bit hidden in a back alley, but once you enter you're in for a surprise. You take... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2017
Kita, Mali
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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 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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Thank annieflorence2
Reviewed 15 May 2016

I thoroughly recommend going to this museum especially if you want to avoid the crowds of tourists that over run kyoto. i only found out about this museum by looking at a city map and because i love netsuke it peaked my interest. The museum...More

Thank KiwiTravelers
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Delightful little museum for exploring the exquisite Japanese craftsmanship of netsuke figures. All well presented in an old samurai house that is also worth seeing.

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its
blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered
shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street
bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to
peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home
goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center
is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and
clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
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Response from VeloDC | Reviewed this property |
Sorry just seeing this. No need to advance purchase. Deb