Top 10 of the most interesting Museums in Kyoto Prefecture


1.The National Museum of Modern Art

[caption id="attachment_3763" align="alignnone" width="815"]Credit: Wikimedia Commons Credit: Wikimedia Commons[/caption]Also known as MOMAK, the National Museum of Modern Arts of Kyoto is a national institution dedicated to Japanese, European and American Modern & Contemporary Art. Selected works of Japanese & Western-style painting (nihongayōga), sculpture, photography and a large variety of crafts - ceramics, textiles, wood works, metalworks, jewelry - are exhibited in the collection Gallery. The Museum rotates the works on display twenty times per year and usually organizes 7 special exhibitions covering particular themes.


Address:The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Okazaki Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8344Access:By subway: Get off at “Higashiyama” Station of Kyoto City subway (Tōzai Line) and 10 minutes walk.Hours & Fees:Opening: Regular hours / 9:30 - 17:00 (Admission until 16:30) - Evening hours / Open until 20:00 (Admission until 19:30)Closing: Every Monday & New Year’s holidayAdmission: 900 yen (adults) / 500 yen (university Students) /Free (high school students and younger & visitors with disabilities and special needs)Joint Discounts with Hosomi Museum and Kyoto Municipal Museum of ArtContact:Within Japan: (075)761-4111International calls: +81(75)761-4111Email:

2.Hosomi Museum

[caption id="attachment_3775" align="alignnone" width="815"]Credit: Credit:[/caption]This museum, inspired by Kyoto traditional townhouse and located in a corner of Okazaki Park, was awarded an Architecture Prize. It holds a 1,000 piece art collection representing all major periods of Japanese art from the Yayoi Period to the Edo Period. Notable items and world-class pieces can be found in the following categories: Buddhist/Shinto art, ink painting, lacquers, ceramics, cloisonne etc.


Address:6-3 Okazaki, Saishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto  605-0931Access:By subway : Get off at Higashiyama station (Tozai Line), exit 2 / 7 min. walk northHours & Fees:Opening: From 10 am to 6 pmClosing: Every Monday & New Year’s holidayAdmission: Differs according to the exhibitionContact:Within Japan: 075-752-5555International calls: 81-75-752-5555

3.Jôtenkaku Museum

[caption id="attachment_3779" align="alignnone" width="815"]Credit: Wikimedia Commons Credit: Wikimedia Commons[/caption]Located within the precincts of Shokoku-ji temple (a Buddhist temple founded in 1382), the Jotenkaku museum holds cultural materials belonging to the Muromachi Period including 5 national treasures and more than 140 important cultural assets.


Address:701 Sokokuji, Monzen-cho, Imadegawakarasuma Higashiiru Agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0898Access:By subway: Imadegawa Station (Karasuma Line)Hours & Fees:Opening: From 10 am to 5pmClosing: New Year’s holidayAdmission: 600 yen (adults) / 400 yen (university students and persons over 65 years old) / 300 yen (high school students) / 200 yen (elementary school students) / Free (visitors with disabilities and special needs)Contact: Within Japan: 075-241-0423

4.Kitamura Museum

[caption id="attachment_3782" align="alignnone" width="815"] Credit: Wikimedia Commons[/caption]The Kitamura Museum exhibits the collections of the businessman Kitamura Kinjiro, who founded it in 1977. It particularly focuses on tea ustensils or beautiful related items and comprises 1000 works including 34 Important Cultural Properties and 9 Important Art objects.


Address:448 Kajii-cho Imadegawa-sagaru-hitosujime-higashiiru Kawaramachi Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-0841Access:By subway: 5 minute walk from Demachi Yanagi Station (Keihan line), 18 minute walk from Imadegawa Station (Karasuma subway line).Hours & Fees:Opening: From 10 am to 4 pm - middle of March through Middle of June / Middle of September through Middle of DecemberClosing: Every Monday & New Year’s holidayAdmission: 600 yen (adults) / 400 yen (from elementary to high school)Contact: Within Japan: 075-256-0637

5.Kyoto International Manga Museum

[caption id="attachment_3784" align="alignnone" width="815"]Credit: Wikimedia Commons Credit: Wikimedia Commons[/caption]The Kyoto International Manga Museum was created thanks to the cooperation of local residents and established as a joint project of Kyoto City and Kyoto Seika University (on a Public-Private Partnership basis). It acts as a venue for the collection, preservation and exhibition of animation and manga materials, accumulated through generous donation (from individuals or companies).


Address:Kyoto International Manga Museum, Karasuma-Oike, Nagakyo-ku, Kyoto JapanAccess:By subway: Get off at Karasuma Oike station (Karasuma line or Tozai line), take exit 2 and turn right immediately, turn left at the corner (at the Hello Work office) of the Karasuma Oike crossroad, and walk for about 2 minutes.Hours & Fees:Opening: From 10am to 6pm (admission until 5:30 pm)Closing: Every Wednesdays or New Year's holiday and maintenance periodsAdmission: 800 yen (adults)/ 300 yen (junior to high school)/ 100 yen (elementary school)Contact:International calls: +81-75-254-7414

6.Yurinkan Museum

[caption id="attachment_3786" align="alignnone" width="815"]Credit: Credit:[/caption]Originally established by Fujii Zensuke, an active politician and business man who spent time in Shanghai and fell in love with Chinese art, the Yurinkan Museum is an art museum mainly focusing on objects from the In era (17 to 11 century BC) to the Shin era (1644-1912) in China. It exhibits statues of the Buddha, bronze and jade pieces, books, porcelain, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, ancient documents, seals, clocks, clothes, etc.


Address:44 Enshoji-cho Okazaki Sakyo-ku Kyoto City 606-8344Access:By subway: 6-minute walk from Higashiyama Station (Tozai Line)Hours & Fees:Opening: From 11am to 4pm (opened on the 1st and the 3rd Sunday of the month except January and August)Admission: 1000 yen (adults and university students) /800 yen (junior to high school students) / Free (elementary school students who are accompanied by their parent)Contact:Within Japan: 075-761-0638

7.Nomura Art Museum

[caption id="attachment_3787" align="alignnone" width="815"]Credit: Wikimedia Commons Credit: Wikimedia Commons[/caption]This one is a private Museum located near Nanzen - ji Temple, with a collection focusing on 2 art forms particularly loved by the Tokushichi Namura (a well-known ardent collector of art works): Noh Theatre & Tea ceremony. Among the 1300 works of art displayed, you will find Noh costumes and masks or paintings considered as both Important Cultural Properties and Important Art Objects.


Address:61 Nanzenji, Shimokawara-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto CityAccess:By subway: Get off at Keage Station (Tozai Line), 10-minute walk to the MuseumHours & Fees:Opening: 10 am - 4:30pmClosing: Every Mondays or New Year's holidayAdmission: 700 yen (adults) / 300 yen (university and high school students) / 200 yen (elementary and junior high students) / 500 yen  (over 70 years old)Contact:Within Japan: 075-751-0374

8.National Museum of Kyoto

[caption id="attachment_3789" align="alignnone" width="815"]Credit: Wikimedia Commons Credit: Wikimedia Commons[/caption]Opened in 1897 and among the Japan's oldest Museums, the National Museum of Kyoto is focusing  on pre-modern Japanese and Asian art. Originally built to display art treasures owned by temples or shrines and donated items, it is now organized through 3 parts: Fine Arts, Handicrafts, Archaeology. It holds more than 12000 works with a permanent collection displaying about 6000 pieces.


Address:Kyoto National Museum, 527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0931Access:By subway: Get off at Shichijo Station, walk toward the East along Shichijo street about 7 minutesHours & Fees:Opening: From Tuesday to Sunday / 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (entrance until 4:30 pm)Closing: Every Mondays or New Year's holidayAdmission: 520 yen (adults) / 260 yens (university student, ID required) / Free (high school student or younger)Contact:Through the official website:

9.Insho-Domoto Museum of Fine Arts

[caption id="attachment_3791" align="alignnone" width="815"]Credit: Wikimedia Commons Credit: Wikimedia Commons[/caption]Designed and created in 1966 by the Japanese painter, Insho Domoto, the museum currently exhibits nearly 80 of his work after the 2nd Wolrd War (including paintings, drawings, small sketches, etc.). The impressive variety of styles he used is what makes the exhibition so interesting.


Address:26-3 Kamiyanagi-cho, Hirano Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8355Access:By subway: From Kintetsu station take bus 50, get off at Ritsumeikan Daigaku-mae and cross the street.Hours & Fees:Opening: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (last admission at 4:30pm)Closing: Every Mondays or New Year's holidayAdmission: 500 yen (adults) / 400 yens (high school and university student) / 200 (elementary to junior high school students) / Free (persons above 65 years old or disabled)Contact:Within Japan: 075-463-0007

10.Lake Biwa Canal Museum

[caption id="attachment_3792" align="alignnone" width="815"]Credit: Credit:[/caption]This museum is dedicated to the construction of the 7-kilometer long Lake Biwa Canal. Built during the Meiji Period (in the 1800s), this Canal was used to transport water, freight or passengers from this Lake to the City of Kyoto and to supply Japan's first public hydroelectric power generator. Nowadays, this Historic Siteis not used so much to produce electricity but still serve for water supply and irrigation purposes. The museum displays tools, models and maps of this massive facility.


Address:17 Nanzenji, Kusagawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto CityAccess:By subway: Tozai Line to Keage.Hours & Fees:Opening: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (until 4:30 pm from December to February)Closing: Every Mondays or New Year's holidayAdmission: Free of chargeContact:Within Japan: 075-752-2530