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Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden & Museum
Former residence of a distinguished Kyoto artist, Kansetsu Hashimoto (1883-1945); The gardens are an oasis of calm and tranquility; 10:00-17:00; 1,300 yen; www.hakusasonso.jp


Kahitsukan-Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
A fantastic private museum of wonderful Japanese paintings, exquisite works of sculpture, and a tea ceremony room on the rooftop; 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30); Closed: Mon.; 1,000 yen; www.kahitsukan.or.jp


Kawai Kanjiro's House
The fascinating home and studio of the mingei (Japanese folk craft) potter/designer, Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966) with climbing kilns; 10:00-17:00; Closed: Mon.; 900 yen; www.kanjiro.jp


Kyoto Art Center
A wide range of art & performing arts events are held every month; Quiet cafe/bar on the 1st floor; 10:00-20:00; www.kac.or.jp


Kyoto Ceramic Center
A wide range of Kyo-yaki (Kyoto style ceramics) for exhibit and sale; 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30); Closed: Thurs.; kyototoujikikaikan.or.jp


Kyoto International Manga Museum
Japan's only museum featuring the world of manga; A collection of more than 300,000 manga and related materials; 10:00-18:00 (until 17:30 at the museum); Closed: Wed.; 800 yen; www.kyotomm.jp


Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art
The main building will be closed until April 2020 for full-scale renovation but the annex will be open for comprehensive exhibitions featuring a wide range of art works; 9:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed: Mon.; kyotocity-kyocera.museum


Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
Exhibits and information related to all of Kyoto's craft traditions; Guidance available in English, Chinese and Korean; Traditional Craft Demonstrations: Free of charge; 9:00-17:00; www.kmtc.jp


Kyoto National Museum
The museum collects and preserves venerable works of art and archaeological artifacts from Japan as well as other Asian countries; Oct. 1-Nov. 24: The Thirty-Six Immortal Poets: Elegant Arts of the Classical Japanese Court;1,600 yen; 9:30-18:00 (enter by 17:30), until 20:00 on Fri. & Sat.; Closed Mon.; www.kyohaku.go.jp


Kyoto Railway Museum
Everything about railway culture in Japan; 53 train vehicles including 20 locomotives, the ''0'' Series Shinkansen (bullet train); 1,200 yen; 10:00-17:30 (enter by 17:00); Closed: Wed.; www.kyotorailwaymuseum.jp


Nishijin Textile Center
The center features Nishijin textiles, the kimono and obi textile arts of Kyoto; Demonstration by real Nishijin weavers on Jacquard looms; Kimono show almost every hour (10:00-16:00); 10:00-17:00; www.nishijin.or.jp


Ryukoku Museum
Belonging to Ryukoku University, a wide variety of cultural artifacts centered around Buddhism and Bezeklik Cave Temples Restoration Exhibit; 10:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed: Mon.; 500 yen; museum.ryukoku.ac.jp


The Kyocera Gallery
A vast Kyocera collection of artwork including Pablo Picasso's copper plate print series 347, Japanese & Western paintings, and many more; 10:00-17:00; Admission free; 1F of Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office; global.kyocera.com/company/csr/others/museum.html


The Museum of Kyoto
Kyoto arts and crafts masterworks, film and theatre exhibits, Kyoto archaeological artifacts, local crafts and more; Quality shops, restaurants and cafe; Oct. 12-Jan. 13: Mucha to Manga - The Magic of Line: 1,500 yen; 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30), until 19:30 on Fri.; Closed: Mon.; www.bunpaku.or.jp


The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Until Oct. 14: Dress Code: Are You Playing Fashion?: The exhibition focuses on clothing styles depicted in movies and manga, encouraging viewers to re-examine the latest dress codes in contemporary society and our apparel practices; 1,300 yen; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Until 20:00 on Fri. & Sat.; Closed: Mon.; www.momak.go.jp


Urasenke Chado Research 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); www.urasenke.or.jp



Traditional



Horino Memorial Museum
See how sake is made and enjoy the taste of freshly brewed sake; 11:00-17:00 (beer hall: 11:30-21:00); Closed Tues. & Wed.; www.kinshimasamune.com


Hosomi Museum
Until Oct. 20: Journey Through “Nippon” with Hiroshige & Hokusai from the Leskowicz Collection; Hosomi Museum is a private museum with an excellent private collection particularly featuring Rinpa artists and Japanese decorative arts such as maki-e, lacquerware, tea bowls and more. The current special exhibition displays the extensive ukiyoe collection belonging to a Polish art collector, Jerzy Leskowicz, which includes superb works by masters of ukiyoe such as Hiroshige Utagawa, Utamaro Kitagawa, and Sharaku. 1,500 yen; 10:00-18:00; Closed Mon.; www.emuseum.or.jp


Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
Permanent collection of metalwork, cloisonné, maki-e lacquerware and Kyoto Satsuma Ware artworks from the late-Edo to the early-Meiji Period (19-20th century); Until Nov.17: Works by Imperial Household Artists “Sculpture”; 10:00-17:00 (last entry 16:30); Closed: Mon. & Tues. (except for national holidays); 800 yen; www. sannenzaka-museum.co.jp


Kodaiji Sho Museum
Many priceless pieces of artistic maki-e (lacquer ware decorated with mother-of-pearl inlays) possessed by Kodai-ji Temple and historical artifacts; 9:30-18:00 (until 21:30 during Kodai-ji Temple's nighttime opening); 300 yen); www.kodaiji.com/museum


Kyoto Ukiyo-e Museum
Outstanding ukiyoe collection including works by the world-famous artists Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro and more; Until Oct. 31: 170th Anniversary Since Hokusai’s Passing “Two Big Waves”: 10:30-18:30 (enter by 18:00); 1,000 yen; www.kyotoukiyoemuseum.com


Memorial Museum of Kondo Yuzo
Ceramic works by Yuzo Kondo (1902-1985), a Living National Treasure known for his exquisite pottery glaze paintings; 500 yen; 11:00-18:00; Closed Wed.; yuzo.kondo-kyoto.com


Namikawa Cloisonne Museum of Kyoto
Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927) was the greatest Japanese modern master of cloisonne (enamelware); 800 yen; 10:00-16:00; Closed Mon., Thurs., summer & winter holiday weeks; www8.plala.or.jp/nayspo/


Raku Museum
The museum collection consists primarily of ceramics made by successive heads of the Raku family passed down over the generations reflecting more than 450 years of its history;1,000 yen; www.raku-yaki.or.jp


Shokokuji Jotenkaku Museum
Belonging to Shokoku-ji Temple, massive Buddhist temple established in 1392, extensive Buddhist art and items; 10:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30); 800 yen; www.shokoku-ji.jp


Yasui Kompira Ema Museum
An extraordinary collection of ema, a common form of hand-painted wooden shrine votive prayer tablets; 10:00-16:00; Closed: Mon. & the end of the year; 500 yen; http://www.yasui-konpiragu.or.jp/en/



Contemporary



Dohjidai Gallery of Art
A wide variety of art forms and artists; 12:00-19:00; Closed: Mon.; www.dohjidai.com


eN arts
A fine art gallery in Maruyama Park; 12:00-18:00; Open only Fri., Sat., Sun.; en-arts.com


Kyoto Museum of Photography
A small private museum which has an extensive network with photographers and galleries all around Japan; 11:00-18:30; www.kyoto-muse.jp


Rokurokudo
A sophisticated gallery featuring a wide collection of pottery, ranging from those by upcoming young artists to truly respected artisans, as well as contemporary art works; 11:00-19:00; Closed Tues.; www.rokurokudo.jp


Imura Art Gallery
Featuring inspiring and upcoming contemporary artists; 12:00-18:00; Closed: Mon., Sun., national holidays; www.imuraart.com


Takeuchi Fine Art
A wide range of works made by Japanese and overseas artists: contemporary arts, Japanese fine arts and Chinese fine arts; 10:00-17:30.



Outside of Kyoto



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; 9:00-17:00; 600 yen; www.byodoin.or.jp


Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
Fascinating history of sake brewing through its valuable collection of traditional brewing tools; Sake tasting is included in the tour; 9:30-16:30; Closed: mid-Aug. & at the end and beginning of the year; 400 yen; www.gekkeikan.co.jp


Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art
Featuring Japanese Arts & Crafts; The annex ''Underground Jewelry Box'' designed by Tadao Ando is home to a ''Water Lilies'' Monet original; 10:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed: Mon.; 900 yen; JR Yamazaki Stn. or Hankyu Oyamazaki Stn.; www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com


Miho Museum
Designed by the world-renowned architect I. M. Pei; Stunning collection includes Japanese tea ceremony art, Buddhist art, Japanese ceramics, and masterpiece works from ancient civilizations the world over; Until Dec. 15: BIZEN - From Earth and Fire, Exquisite Forms: 10:00-17:00 (enter by 16:00); Closed: Mon. & between exhibitions; 1,100 yen; miho.jp


The Tale of Genji Museum
Experience and learn about the Tale of Genji, the world's first full-length novel written in the early 11th century by Murasaki Shikibu, along with the life and culture of the Heian aristocrats with interactive facilities; 600 yen; 9:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed Mon..