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Kyoto Prefectural Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts
The works of Insho Domoto(1891-1975), the great Nihonga painter, are preserved and displayed in the museum; 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: 075-451-9231.

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.

Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
Until Aug. 14: Cloisonne of the Meiji Period: The Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum is the first museum in Japan to build a permanent collection of metalwork, cloisonne, maki-e lacquerware and Kyoto Satsuma Ware artworks from the late Edo to the early Meiji Period (17-19th century); 10:00-17:00; Closed: Mon. & Tues.; 800 yen.

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 21:30 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 Aug. 31: Huge Shibori Kimono and Japanese Wedding Dress: Gorgeous wedding dresses adorned with traditional and extraordinary shibori tie-dye will be exhibited; 500 yen; 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 (enter by 17:30); Closed: Mon.; 1,000 yen; Tel: 075-525-1311.

Yasui Kompira Ema 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
Until Sept. 4: Jakuchu Ito 300th Birth Anniversary Exhibition: Jakuchu Ito (1716-1800) was a renowned Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period whose common theme was especially birds, chickens and roosters; ''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. 4: Salvador Dali Exhibition: Some of his 200 artworks, including oil paintings, drawing and sculptures will be showcased; 1,600 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: Visitors can observe experienced Kyoto craftsmen at work (Please enquire the museum for its schedule); Maiko Dance: Dance performances by real maiko on July 17, from 14:00-15:15 (3 performances); 9:00-17:00; Free of charge; Tel: 075- 762-2670.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Until July 24: CUBAN POSTERS FOR FILMS From the Takeo Poster Collection: Curate Your Own Exhibition: Co-hosted by National Film Center, the exhibition introduces a total of 85 posters created from the Cuba's revolutionary era up to around 1990; 430 yen; Until July 18: HELLO, MY NAME IS PAUL SMITH: The exhibition charts Paul Smith, one of the most prominent British designers in the world today; 1,500 yen; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed: Mon.; Tel: 075-761-4111.


Horino Memorial Museum
At this museum, formerly the residence of the founder of Kinshi Masamune (one of Japan's most respected sake producers), visitors can see how sake is made and enjoy the taste of freshly brewed saké; 11:00- 17:00 (beer hall:11:00-21:00); Closed: Mon.; 300 yen; Tel:075-223- 2072.

Raku Museum
July 2-Aug. 28: ''What is Raku?'' – Discovering Raku: 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); 1,000 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
July 9-Sept. 4: OEuvre grave Salvador Dali: Salvador Dali's block printing collections will be showcased; 1,200 yen; Permanent: 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 by 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. 4: Eguchi Hisashi Pop Art Exhibition: Eguchi was a leading innovator in Japanese gag manga and his over 300 works will be displayed, including a large number of original; 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; Tel: 075-254-7414.


Museum Eki KYOTO (7F Isetan Dept. Store)
This small museum in the Isetan department store regularly holds special exhibitions; April 1-24: Ihei Kimura Afterimage of Paris 1950s: June 17- July 10: Mizumaru Anzai Exhibition: Mizumaru Anzai (1942-2014) is a talented artist who is an essayist, illustrator, novelist, manga & picture book creator and translator; 800 yen; 10:00-20:00 (enter by 19:30); Tel:075-352-1111.

Kyoto National Museum
Until July 18: The Tokugawa Shoguns and Kyoto: The exhibition examines how rulers of the new Tokugawa regime protected and supported religious institutions in the ancient capital; July 26-Sept. 11: Buddhist Art from Tango: Featuring a rich Buddhist heritage, housing numerous icons that date from the Heian through Muromachi periods in the Tango Peninsula, located on the far northern side of Kyoto prefecture; 520 yen; 9:30-17:00, until 20:00 on Fri.; 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
A vast collections of art works including Pablo Picasso's copper plate print series 347, Japanese & Western paintings, potteries, sculptures and glass art pieces, and many more collected by Kyocera, one of the leading companies in Kyoto; 10:00-17:00; Admission free; Tel: 075- 604-3518; 1F of Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office;

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
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.