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Kyoto National Museum

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Address: 527 Chayamachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0931, Kyoto Prefecture
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This museum houses a large collection of artworks and archaeological...

This museum houses a large collection of artworks and archaeological artifacts from the Kyoto area.

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A Nice Slow Walk Indoors

There is a terrific amount of things to see in Kyoto, but if you have somehow already seen Ginaku-ji, Kinkaku-ji, Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari-taisha, Todai-ji, and Kiyomizu-dera... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is everything from prehistoric flint arrowheads, drawings of Mt. Fuji done over hundreds of years, scrolls with written histories, to a giant Buddha statue. If you want to get a feel for the context of Japan this museum is the place to go. All of the items on display are accompanied by a card with a description in both... More 

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Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Most exhibits are written in Japanese and consisted of screen paintings and much less than expected. Cafe was overbooked despite their being empty seats . Th only nice thing was the view of the outside building as the main hal was closed.

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Tokyo, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The collection can be more being Kyoto is the center of culture. I was expecting more. Specially with the price of entrance ticket (1800 yen/person). This museum is more about history, not culture variety. The building is gorgeous and big, but they need to arrange to flow and display better specially for peak season/crowded days. It was very difficult to... More 

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Chicago Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This "National" museum is in two parts. A great new (2014?) building, fine architecture, featuring a ground floor group of fabulous sculptures, plus upper floor exhibition space. Unfortunately the November 2016 exhibition is difficult for a person who cannot read kanji since much of it is of writings as opposed to visual arts. The old main building seemed to be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

It is National Museum and it gave a good insight of the Samurai story. However, I wanted more from this museum and I felt something was lacking. With the busy crowds and the orderly approach to looking at the artefacts and information, I decided to leave earlier that I had anticipated. It was a shame!!

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

There is a terrific amount of things to see in Kyoto, but if you have somehow already seen Ginaku-ji, Kinkaku-ji, Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari-taisha, Todai-ji, and Kiyomizu-dera, and it's raining, this is a good choice. Really you should just look at the sign featured in the trains and train stations, and perhaps you'll see that they have an exhibit you would... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

If you run into a rainy day in Kyoto, the museum is worth it. Nice and diverse exhibitions related to the history of Japan.

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Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

This museum was very easy to get to as we are staying in the Gion area. It was just a short air conditioned ride on a bus down the road. We opted for this on a hot day and saw a little bit of this and that - kimonos, drawings, paintings, ceramics. T was a nice change after seeing so... More 

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Shoreline
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

The new wing of the museum has a wonderful collection of Japanese and Asian arts and cultural artifacts. I went to see one exhibit only, the collection of work by Yosa Buson (and was delighted with the modest and beautiful works they had). I got sidetracked to look as some big-hurking Buddha statues on the first floor. Left feeling content... More 

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

This is newly built and opened with 3 floors of exhibits including pottery, clothing, art, and statues. It does not take long to see but the items are lovely and in excellent condition. Most have English descriptions. They currently have a Buddha on loan from the Kongoshin'in Temple until Sep. 11, 2016, which our guide was very excited about as... More 

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