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Costume Museum

#315 of 1,391 things to do in Kyoto
Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Hard to find....but, nicely done.

A little hard to find, and not well detailed in Tourism maps...this turned out to be an interesting... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2015
Gary D
Busselton, Australia
A tiny entrance fee for a great little museum - not in the guide books

We spent only 500Y each and that included being dressed and photographed in very old Heian-era... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2014
Shinjuku, Japan
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

It was not easy to find, but it was worth wile searching for! Nicely done and lovely presented the different ways in a miniature puppet way and some original sizes Kimono styles.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Matthias F
Reviewed 7 October 2017

This small museum was hard to find, but I'm so glad we persisted because it was definitely worth it once we got there. The museum is on an upper floor of an office building, so once you are at the street address given on the...More

Date of experience: April 2017
4  Thank Duckbattle
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Would really like to have visited this. Unfortunately it is closed for July 2017. The sign advising this was off to the side, not immediately obvious.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank alimitchellia
Reviewed 1 September 2015

A little hard to find, and not well detailed in Tourism maps...this turned out to be an interesting way to get a local at Japanese Costumes through the ages. We found the Mature lady to be extremely sweet, and although not super fluent wit English...More

Date of experience: April 2015
1  Thank Gary D
Reviewed 20 February 2015

it's written 'costume museum'. everybody expect they can see real size old and traditional japanese costumes. this 'museum' is located near nishihongwanji temple, is in a small building on 5th floor, very narrow space. there are tiny dolls with clothes just in a very small...More

Date of experience: February 2015
6  Thank Dona_Natasha
Reviewed 22 December 2014

We spent only 500Y each and that included being dressed and photographed in very old Heian-era kimono. The costume museum is a doll museum and the exhibits are exquisite. The doll's costumes are changed twice a year (summer and winter). It is an easy walk...More

Date of experience: November 2014
5  Thank JapanCustomToursNZ
Reviewed 24 October 2014

As a lover of both heian era fashion and dolls, this museum won me over instantly. The effort put into the recreation of scenes from the Tale of Genji is just amazing, and I spent ages looking at every little detail. By comparison, the room...More

Date of experience: October 2014
2  Thank Simone R
Reviewed 16 September 2014

We had a free day in Kyoto on a Monday, when many museums are closed, and were delighted to find the costume museum open. It was easy to locate the museum using our Kyoto map. After taking the lift to the fifth floor we stepped...More

Date of experience: September 2014
2  Thank PaulineSJ
Reviewed 16 October 2013 via mobile

My wife and I visited this place after honganji temple, and we're pleasantly surprised. The little old lady greeted us, but didn't speak much English, we then experienced the life of Genji through dolls and models arranged throughout the whole 5th floor. We then entered...More

3  Thank Mathew C
Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

Visited the costume museum as a part of a university's field trip. I must say I'm surprised how well-organized this little museum is. It is located near Nishi hongwanji temple on the 5th floor of some building. Before going there, I imagined that there must...More

Date of experience: July 2013
3  Thank M-Monthly
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