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Fukuda Art Museum
A private museum with a collection of approx. 1,500 works, primarily Japanese paintings, placing a strong emphasis on art from Kyoto; 10:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed: Tues.; 1,300 yen; fukuda-art-museum.jp


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; 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; 520 yen; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30), 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.; 550 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; www.bunpaku.or.jp



The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Until Feb. 16: Forms of Memory and Space: Nino Caruso, Giant of Contemporary Italian Ceramics; 1,000 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
Excellent private collection featuring Rinpa artists and Japanese decorative arts such as maki-e lacquerware, tea bowls, etc.; Until Mar. 29: Elegant Western Tableware-100 years of history and culture of Okura Touen: Okura Touen, a distinguished Western tableware manufacturer which has long been loved by the imperial family and celebrities; 1,400 yen; 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30); Closed: Mon.; www.emuseum.or.jp


Insho-Domoto Museum of Fine Arts
Insho Domoto (1891-1975) was a Kyoto-born painter who flourished in the Taisho/Showa periods; Established in 1966 by the artist himself, the entire museum was designed inside and out by Domoto; Until Mar. 29: Fusuma Paintings from Chikurin-ji Temple; 9:30-17:00; 510 yen; Closed Mon.; insho-domoto.com



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


Osaka Ukiyoe Museum
Outstanding ukiyoe collection including works by the world-famous artists Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro and more; 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30); 1,000 yen; www.osaka-ukiyoemuseum.com


Memorial Museum of Kondo Yuzo
Ceramic works by Yuzo Kondo (1902-1985), a Living National Treasure known for his exquisite pottery glaze paintings; 1,000 yen; 11:00-18:00; Closed Wed.; yuzo.kondo-kyoto.com


Raku Museum
The museum collection consists primarily of ceramics made by successive heads of the Raku family passed down over 450 years ; 900 yen; www.raku-yaki.or.jp


Saga Arashiyama Museum of Arts and Culture
Beautiful museums featuring Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each), the most famous anthology of Japanese waka poems as well as other classical Japanese literature and art; 900 yen; 10:00-17:00 (last entry 16:30); Closed Tues.; www.samac.jp


Shokokuji Jotenkaku Museum
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





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; 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; Mar. 14-June 7: The Formation of the Miho Museum Collection ''Japanese Paintings''; 10:00-17:00 (enter by 16:00); Closed: Mon. & between exhibitions; 1,300 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..