Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design

Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design

Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Encounter the beauty and technique of Kyoto traditional crafts We feature the history, processes etc.of each of the 74 kinds of traditional crafts, which have conveyed the history and culture of Kyoto with products and videos. Kyoto, the old capital, was established in 794 as Heian-kyo, and developed as the center of politics, culture and industry. Throughout history, Kyoto has kept taking in new ideas, while at the same time keeping the old ones, and has created various kinds of crafts by utilizing the advantage of a sophisticated design sense coupled with an advanced local economy. Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design is the place where many people discover the industry and culture of Kyoto as well as being introduced to the beauty and technique that have been inherited here.
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Neighbourhood: 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 local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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maapar
Mount Pleasant, SC940 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
So glad that we found this small museum. It was beautifully laid out and artists and craftsmen were actually demonstrating various crafts. It was fascinating and I cannot believe more people do not know about it. It should definitely be rated higher as a must see
Written 20 December 2023
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Walter H
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This museum shows how each the many traditional crafts are made using genuine items and materials for the steps in the process. The photos on Google maps don’t do it justice. It was definitely worth visiting and I learned a lot.
Written 5 October 2023
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Kevin L
Boston, MA33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We loved the variety and quality of the students work! Both traditional and modern examples of traditional craft techniques. The staff are delightful and gracious. If you want to see and understand the skill and effort required to produce over 70 crafts this the place. Wheelchairs available and a simple but tasty cafe. Taxi stand out front so easy access.
Written 27 September 2023
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BestRegards FromFar
Cape Town Central, South Africa587 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Beautiful crafts on display in this small but interesting museum. Well translated and well curated this free museum is definitely worth about an hour and a half of your time in Kyoto if you are interested in crafts.
Written 15 August 2023
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Veronika
Zurich, Switzerland14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Plan just one and a half to two hours to visit this not too big, but beautifully decorated and interesting museum. The museum shop is exceptional and a nice opportunity to buy some presents Made in Japan.
Written 17 June 2023
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Suebright
Brighton, Australia82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
A great museum to discover Japanese arts and crafts and the making of these amazing crafts. The fabric display is amazing.
Written 4 June 2023
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Clive C
Taipei, Taiwan14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
This is an outstanding and engaging small museum great for rainy days or even a museum day. The curators have thought of ways to make a museum that is both enjoyable and entertaining. You can take photos freely and many exhibits have an interactive element. The entry was free on the day we went and there's a store selling exceptional pieces of Kyoto craft.
Written 19 May 2023
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Gale W
St. Thomas43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Beautiful museum with excellent displays explanations and exhibits. The whole family enjoyed. It gave me a good understanding of the incredible handiwork of Japan. Plenty of interactive displays. We spent 1.5 hours there. Nice shop and Café upstairs.
Written 23 March 2023
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Cheeps21
Singapore, Singapore442 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Lovely small museum space but very well designed with ample English descriptions. There are close to 10 hands-on activities like doing a furoshiki wrap, spinning tops, etc that are interesting for kids & adults.

An excellent showcase of Kyoto's rich craft traditions with the right amount of info and plenty of relevant artefacts & we spent slightly more than an hour there. There is supposed to be a design museum in the same building but it is closed. There are also other museums in the vicinity to warrant your visit to this area.
Written 6 December 2022
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Lillian C
London, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
it was better 10 years ago, handwork, exquisite work is vvv expensive in kyoto, a genuine boutieu will charge £ 2500 for a pure kyoto indigo dyed of the aubergine color, designer prices, just for a blouse, all handwork
Written 7 March 2020
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