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Where can you find Art in Kyoto?

There are much more artworks than you may expect in Kyoto. Only if you seek for them carefully, you would bump into them. 5 hot spots are listed in this article. Let ‘s find some art information on what you’re interested in.

1: Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art & The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

From 24th October 2015 to 5th January 2016, both museums are going to received incredible exhibitions : Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt Exhibition : The Masters of the 17th Century Dutch Golden Age  – Theaters of the Women of the world-. The exhibition counts about  It is interesting to go if you are interested about the Holland artists from the 17th century . And the 400th anniversary of the Rinpa school is at these museums till 23rd November as well.


Address: The National Museum of Modern Art, KyotoOkazaki Enshoji-choSakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8344 JAPAN

Nearest station: Hankyū Karasuma Station/Kawaramachi Station, Keihan Sanjō Station, OR JR/Kintetsu Kyoto Station (Kyoto-eki-mae boarding area A1),Take Kyoto City Bus No. 5 (toward Iwakura Sōshajō-mae),get off at “Okazaki Koen/Bijutsukan,Heian Jingu-mae. OR JR/Kintetsu Kyoto Station (Kyoto-eki-mae boarding area D1),Take Kyoto City Bus No. 100 (toward Ginkakuji Temple, express),get off at “Okazaki Koen/Bijutsukan,Heian Jingu-mae”

Opening hour: 9:30~17:00 (admission till 16:30). Every Friday in summer time opening till 20:00.

Closed: Every Monday and year-end and year-beginning period.

Admission:Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt Exhibition: Adult-1500JPY. High school and Uni students-1200JPY. Junior high school and primary school students-600JPY

The 400th Anniversary of the Rinpa school:  Adult-1300JPY. University student-900JPY. High school student-500JPY. Junior high school student and younger-Free

Collection Admission fee: Adult-430JPY. University student-130JPY. Under 18 and senior (65~)-Free.

Museum HP: http://www.momak.go.jp/English/


2: Kyoto National Museum

The exhibition of RINPA” the Aesthetics of the old capital” has been planned to be shown off at Kyoto national museum too from 10th October2015 to 23rd  November. You might reckon “what is RINPA?”.  RINPA’s said to be a sort of group, style and artwork started from Momoyama era. These type of cases are very rare in Japanese art history that shares and heritages their skills from far back Japan.


Address:Kyoto National Museum, 527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan 605-0931

Nearest station:Shichijo Station, OR Kyoto Station. From bus platform D2 in front of the station, take City Bus #206 or #208 to “Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae” bus stop.

Opening hour:  9:30~18:00 (admission till 17:30) on Tuesday to Thursday, Suturday and Sunday. 9:30~20:00(admission till 19:30) on Friday.

Closed: Every Monday. When Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be opened on Monday and closed on the following Tuesday. And Museum will also closed during following periods: Tue. November 24 to Mon. December 14, 2015.Sat. December 26, 2015 to Fri. January 1, 2016.Tue. March 22 to Mon. April 11, 2016.

Admission:  Special Exhibition RINPA: The Aesthetics of the Capital: Adult-1500JPY. University student-1200JPY. High school student-900JPY. Junior high school student or younger-Free.

Museum HP: http://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index.html


3: Kyoto International Manga Museum

If you would like to know about manga’s history, please visit this attractive museum. Mainly there are massive amount of knowledge about manga’s history and culture.  The most part of wall shelving set is dedicated exclusively for manga. You can just pick up what suits your interests and read them right away. You must be thinking that Manga originated in recent ages, but in Japan actually Manga has existed since the Heian era (794-1185). Although this time the exhibition is not on Heian era’s works, the current exhibition is actually about Edo era : “Great Manga History traces back from Edo” . The exhibition is until February, 7, 2016.


Address: 452 Kinbun-cho, Nagakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 604-0846

Nearest station: Karasuma Oike station. Kyoto city bus #15, #51 or #61, right in front of the Karasuma Oike.

Opening hour: 10am to 6pm (admission until 5:30pm)

Closed: Every Wednesday (If Wednesday is national holiday, following day Thursday.). New years holiday and maintenance period.

Admission: Adult-800JPY. High and junior school student-300JPY. Elementary school student-100JPY.

Museum HP:http//www.kyotomm.jp/english/


4: SOME SEIRYU museum

Also Japanese dyeing style is far different from other country’s style. The Japanese traditional style of dyeing textiles and fabrics became outstandingly popular. Even if you are not interested in Japanese clothes or textiles, i am sure you would get moved by the beautiful method of dyeing.


Address: Meirin-biru 6th floor, 550-1 Yamabushiyama-cho, Muromachi-dori Nishiki Koji Agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 604-8156

Nearest Station: Karasumasenn Shijo station or Hankyu Shijo Karasuma station

Opening hour: 10:00AM~18:00PM

Closed: Monday, August, Year-end and Year-beginning period, Exhibition preparation period

Admission fee: General 300JPY, Student 200JPY, Certified disable 200JPY

Museum HP: http//www.someseiryu.net/e_index.html


5: Kahitsukan”Kyoto Museum of Contemporary art”

So far you’ve had informations on modern art, but if  you seek further, why not go to Kahitsukan ?  This museum is located in the middle of Kyoto city. That makes it easy to stop by after shopping, coffee time, and so on. This museum exhibits wide range of outstanding contemporary art. Through these works, people ought to feel Wabi-sabi (The Art of Imperfection) in the atmosphere. You might be able to find your own taste there.


Address: 271, Kitagawa, Gion, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073 JAPAN

Nearest station: Keihan Shijo station or Hankyu Kawaramachi station

Museum hour: 10:00AM~17:30PM( admission till 17:00)

Closed: Monday, Year-end and Year-beginning period, Exhibition preparation period

Admission fee: General 1000 JPY, Student 800 JPY

Museum HP: http://www.kahitsukan.or.jp/frame_e.html

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