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Kyoto Prefectural Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts
Until Mar. 21: Art Spirit in Modern Kyoto, with a Focus on Japanese Paintings - Masterpieces of University Art Museum, Kyoto City University of Arts - : The Kyoto City University of Arts has played a main role in the art arena for over 130 years; Featuring the graduates and unfolding the world of Japanese art; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed: Mon. (next day when nat’l holiday); 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: 075-432-6131.

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
Until May 8: The Fifty-three Stages on the Tokaido with Shibori: 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
Until Feb. 28: The Exhibition of Martine Franck: Featuring one of the most famous Magnum photographers, Martine Franck; The portraits of Henri-Cartier Bresson will also be exhibited; 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 (enter by 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. & the end of the year; 500 yen; Tel: 075-561-5127.


Hosomi Museum
Feb. 6-April 10: The Shunga Exhibition: Young people under 18 are not allowed; 1,500 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
Located in Okazaki-koen park, the permanent exhibition of the museum is focusing on modern Japanese arts and crafts; 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: visitors can observe experienced Kyoto craftsmen at work (Please enquire the museum for its schedule); Maiko Dance: Dance performances by real maiko on Feb.11, 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
Feb. 2-Mar. 21: The Exhibition of Fukumi Shimura: Fukumi Shimura, who has been leading in the dyeing arena, was presented with the Order of Culture in 2015; In commemoration of that, the current exhibition features her splendid works; 900 yen; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed: Mon.; Tel: 075-761-4111.


Raku Museum
Until Mar. 6: Selected Works by Raku Generations INTIMATE FORM: The 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 nat'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
Feb. 20-April 17: The Exhibition of Jissoin Temple: Featuring Jissoin Temple in the north Kyoto area, where the sons of emperors and aristocrats have been served as chief priests. Exhibiting the works of the Kano school, Acala statue of the Kamakura era and much more; 1,100 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 Feb. 9: The World of Manga for Men: The museum has been carrying out the Genga' (Dash) project since 2001, which researches and creates elaborate reproductions of original artwork. This exhibition features thre artists Hiroshi Hirata, Takumi Nagayasu, and Motoka Murakami, alongside Keiko Takemiya; Free (a general admission 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)
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 Feb. 21: Legendary Blades: Meibutsu and Other Outstanding Japanese Swords: The imperial capital of Kyoto has since ancient times been home to the workshops of countless master swordsmiths; Many of the most famous blades that they forged have survived through the centuries, appearing in various episodes throughout Japanese history; This exhibition features some of the most renowned such swords in Japan, many of them counted among a small number of blades known as meibutsu (literally, ''famed objects''), meaning the best of the best.; 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: 075-604-3500; 1F of Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
Until Mar. 13: “The Mikuni-so” The 50th memorial of Tamesaburo YAMAMOTO: The exhibition showcases the collections donated by the family of Tamesaburo Yamamoto (1893-1966), who was the first president of Asahi Breweries and an enthusiastic supporter of the Mingei Movement; 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.