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Kyoto Prefectural Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts
Until Sep. 27: Contemporary Artists in Kyoto: ''atmosphere'' by Kitano Ajisa; Until Sept. 27: Domoto Insho: A retrospectiveⅡ: Insho Domoto (1891-1975) is ranked as one of Japan's top 20th-century painters; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed Mon.; 500 yen; Tel: 075-463-0007.

Nishijin Textile Center
Kyoto kimono and obi textile arts; The center features a working Jacquard loom, an hourly kimono show, and many Nishijin textile products; 9:00-17:00; Tel: 075-451-9231.

Urasenke Chado Research Center
This center, the headquarters of Japan's leading tea ceremony school, regularly features exhibitions related to Chado, the Way of Tea; 9:30-16:30; closed Mon.; 700 yen; (Special Exhibition: 1,000 yen) Tel: 075-431-6474.


Kawai Kanjiro's House
The fascinating home and studio of mingei (folk craft) potter/designer Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966); 10:00-17:00, Closed Mon.; 900 yen; Tel: 075-561-3585.

Kodaiji Sho Museum
Many priceless pieces of artistic maki-e (lacquer ware sprinkled with gold or silver powder) possessed by Kodai-ji Temple and historical artifacts; 9:30-18:00 (until 22:00 during Kodai-ji Temple's nighttime opening); 300 yen (600 yen for combination ticket with Kodai-ji Temple); Tel: 075-561-1414.

Memorial Museum of Kondo Yuzo
Kondo Yuzo (1902-1985) is known for his exquisite pottery glaze paintings; 10:00-17:00; closed Wed.; 500 yen; Tel: 075-561-2917.


Kyoto Shibori Museum
Learn traditional shibori dyeing (a Japanese tie-dye textile technique); The experience takes about 90 min.; 3,000 yen; Reservations required; 9:00- 17:00; 500 yen;Tel: 075- 221-4252


Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
This fantastic private museum, in the Gion district, has four, serene floors of wonderful Japanese paintings, a few exquisite works of sculpture, and a tea ceremony room facing a roof-top moss garden; 10:00-18:00 (entry until 17:30); Closed: Mon.; 1,000 yen; Tel: 075-525-1311.

Yasui Kompira Emado Museum
An extraordinary collection of ema, a common form of hand-painted wooden shrine votive prayer tablet; 10:00-16:00, closed Mon.; 500 yen; Tel: 075-561-5127.


Hosomi Museum
Until Sept. 13: Summer Special Exhibition ''Hosomi Museum Art Campus 2015'': This 5th annual exhibition is held for viewers to learn about museum and Japanese arts in a fun manner and also the exhibition shows some highly evaluated Rimpa related masterpieces of Hosomi collection; 1,100 yen; ''Koko-an'', a traditional Japanese tea ceremony room, offers visitors a chance to experience tea ceremony; The facilities also include a fine museum shop, cafe & restaurant; 10:00-18:00; Closed: Mon. (or Tues. if Mon. is a natl. holiday); Tel: 075-752-5555.

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Until Sept. 27: Louvre Museum: Genre Painting - Scenes from Daily Life; About 80 paintings drawn during 16th to 19th century of daily lives in Europe will be exhibited; 1600 yen; 9:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed: Mon. except natl. holidays; Tel: 075-771-4107

Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
Exhibits and information related to all of Kyoto's craft traditions: including educational videos and a small library; Guidance available in English, Chinese and Korean; Traditional Craft Demonstrations: Only on Sat., Sun. and nat’l holiday from 13:00 to 16:00, visitors can observe experienced Kyoto craftsmen at work; Maiko Dance: Dance performances by real maiko; every Sun., from 14:00-15:30 (3 performances); 9:00-17:00; Free of charge; Tel: 075-762-2670.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Until Sept. 27: Kuriki Tatsusuke: Retrospective: A wide range of pottery made by a genius of our time will be exhibited: 900 yen; 9:30-17:00 (entry until 16:30); until 20:00 on Fri. (entry by 19:30); Closed: Mon.; Tel: 075-761-411; www.kitaoji-rosanjin.jp/


Raku Museum
Sept. 5–Dec. 23: Autumn Special Exhibition: RIMPA 2015 (Rimpa 400 Year Celebration Festival) The Koetsu Factor: Tea bowls by Hon'ami Koetsu and the Legacy of his Genius: This museum collection consisting primarily of ceramics made by successive heads of the Raku family, related documents and tea utensils passed down over the generations of more than 450 years of its history; 10:00-16:30; Closed: Mon. (except na'l holiday); 900 yen; Tel: 075-414-0304.


Kyoto Art Center
The Kyoto Art Center was set up to support young artists and encourages the preservation of Kyoto's traditional arts; Quiet cafe/bar on the 1st floor; 10:00-20:00; Tel: 075-213-1000.

The Museum of Kyoto
Until Nov. 23: Leonardo da Vinci and The Battle of Anghiari -The Mystery of Tavola Doria-: 1,300 yen; Kyoto art and craft masterworks, film and theatre exhibits, Kyoto archaeological artifacts, local crafts and more; The museum building also has a section of quality shops, restaurants and cafes; 10:00-18:00 (entry until 17:30); Until 19:30 on Fri. (enter by 19:00); Closed: Mon. & the day after natl. holidays; Tel: 075-222-0888.

Kyoto International Manga Museum
Until Sept. 6: MANGA AND WAR: This exhibition presents 6 themes; 'Atomic bomb', 'Special attacks’, 'Manchuria', 'Okinawa', 'Voices of the War Generation' and 'The Role of Manga' structured into 4 quadrants, etc.; free (a general admission ticket to the Museum is required); A collection of more than 300,000 manga and related materials; 10:00-18:00; Closed: Wed.; 800 yen; Tel: 075-254-7414.


Museum Eki KYOTO (7F Isetan Dept. Store)
Until Sept. 7: ART×Picture Books ''The World's Picture Book Artists Ⅳ'': Everybody loves a picture books! About 200 paintings by 14 picture book artists will be exhibited; This small museum in the Isetan department store regularly holds special exhibitions; 10:00-20:00 (enter by 17:30); Tel: 075-352-1111.

Kyoto National Museum
Until Sept. 6: Feature Exhibition in Commemoration of the 100th Daizo-e Exhibition ''The Eastward Expansion of Buddhism'' - Art of the Buddhist Canon: The Daizo-e is an exhibition of Buddhist art and manuscripts organized by Kyoto's Buddhist universities that has been held annually in Kyoto since 1915; 520 yen; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30) Closed Mon.; Tel: 075-525-2473.


Miho Museum
The Miho Museum, designed by the world-renowned architect I. M. Pei, opened in November 1997; The museum's stunning collection includes Japanese tea ceremony art, Buddhist art, Japanese ceramics, and masterpiece works from ancient civilizations the world over; 10:00-17:00 (entry by 16:00); Closed Mon. & between exhibitions; 1,100 yen; Tel: 0748-82-3411.

The Kyocera Museum of Art
The museum is operated by Kyocera, one of the leading companies in Kyoto; they have a vast collections of art works including Japanese & Western paintings, potteries, sculptures and glass art pieces, and many more; 10:00-17:00; Free; Tel: 075-604-3416; 1F of Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
Until Sept. 13: Stories of the Plants from the Museum's Collection: This exhibition highlights ''Plant'', whose beauty captures our imagination, the fragrance gives us comfort, and the vitality has attracted us for a long time; A fine museum set in a vast garden; The annex ''Underground Jewelry Box'' was designed by Tadao Ando and is home to a ''Water Lilies'' Monet original; 10:00-17:00 (entry by 16:30); Closed: Mon.; 900 yen; A 10-min. walk from JR Yamazaki Stn. or Hankyu Oyamazaki Stn.; Tel: 075-957-3123 (information only in Japanese).

Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
This museum introduces the fascinating history of sake brewing through its valuable collection of traditional brewing tools and other interesting exhibits related to the production of sake; Sake tasting is also part of the museum tour; 9:30-16:30; 300 yen; Closed mid. Aug. & at the end and beginning of the year; Tel: 075-623-2056.

Byodo-in Museum Hosho-kan
Byodo-in Temple's (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) museum was designed to securely house the temple's many national treasures in a facility suitable for public viewing; Also has a superb gift shop; 9:00-17:00; 600 yen; Tel: 0774-21-2861.

Kyoto International Community House
A wide variety of facilities and services; Library, computer/internet area, CNN, coffee shop, notice/ad boards, and free immigration/legal consulting services; 9:00-21:00; Closed: Mon.; Tel: 752-3010.