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Raku Museum

#303 of 1,398 things to do in Kyoto
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For potters or open-mided

I agree with the other reviews: the place is beautiful and extremely interesting, if you are into... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2017
Locarno, Switzerland
For fans of Raku-near Imperial Palace, MosBuger, and miso shop

If you like Raku, this is the place. Complete with a family tree diagram. You can combine this... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2016
El Paso, Texas
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84 Aburanokoji Nakadachi-uri agaru, Kamigyo-ku,, Kyoto 602-0923, Kyoto Prefecture
Nishijin District
+81 75-414-0304
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

Wonderful small museum, conceived and executed by the Raku family that lives and has the studio nearby. There are detailed explanations in English next to each piece, as well as a portable tablet. I recommend the tablet, as it contains images of the pieces from...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

Interested in Raku? Go here. Think you might be interested in Raku? Go here. No interest in pottery? Don't bother. Very interesting small museum that traces the history of the Raku family's involvement in traditional pottery making since the 1500s. I thought I knew something...More

1  Thank AirsDream
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

I came to this museum with a very large interest in Raku. Being a student, I very reluctantly paid the expensive entrance fee and was a bit disappointed that it was so small for 1000 yen. However, if you are interested in Raku, this is...More

Thank Kayla R
Reviewed 27 March 2017

I agree with the other reviews: the place is beautiful and extremely interesting, if you are into pottery. I personally am not particularly interested in pottery (or at least I wasn't until today), but I am really open-minded and curious, so I really enjoyed the...More

Thank ziobilly2015
Reviewed 3 November 2016

If you like Raku, this is the place. Complete with a family tree diagram. You can combine this with a visit to the Imperial Palace. Walk west on Ichijo Dori from the west border of the Imperial Palace. Turn left onto Aburanokoji. There will be...More

1  Thank Michelle2012
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

A lot of valid info are already stated about the museum. You should go only if interested in ceramics. The museum is difficult to find with no good public transportation around but great collection if you are interested in ceramics

Thank Georgios F
Reviewed 16 July 2015 via mobile

Beautiful collection of Raku ceramics over the centuries. Each piece is exquisite and the museum itself is quiet and a lovely place to visit.

Thank Eve1232015
Reviewed 6 April 2014

This is an elegant small museum with an excellent collection devoted to Raku pottery. It is not intended for the casual, uninformed tourist. For potters, would-be potters and students, it is a must-see in Kyoto. It is easily found in central Kyoto and can easily...More

3  Thank PVtalker
Reviewed 13 December 2013

The Raku Museum situated next door to the Raku family home and workshop is in central Kyoto. It was established in 1978 and has a collection of about 1000 works of ceramics made by successive heads of the Raku family. It is a small but...More

4  Thank Ester Z
Reviewed 29 May 2013

This small museum features nothing else than Raku style tea bowls and accessories. On the ground floor 15 (of course!) tea bowls are displayed, on the top floor 7 more bowls and some accessories such as plates, water containers, etc. From time to time the...More

4  Thank Reiner H
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Nishijin District
A district with a long textile heritage, ancient Kyoto
is still alive in the Nishijin District. Studded with
its weaving factories, tea houses, and onsen, the
neighborhood is charming and peaceful with a
self-possessed air. Less traveled than other parts of
the city, it is a district where you can take it at
your own pace. Visitors can explore the many weaving
and cloth houses, the free kimono shows, and the many
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