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NORTH AREA

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 with superb art works by Kansetsu; Nice cafe and restaurant; 10:00-17:00; 1,300 yen.


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


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).





KIYOMIZU TEMPLE AREA



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


Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
The first museum in Japan to amass a permanent collection of metalwork, cloisonné, maki-e, lacquerware and Kyoto Satsuma Ware artworks from the late Edo to the early Meiji Period (17-19th century); Until November 18: Inro, Ojime and Netsuke: Superb collection of elaborate handcrafted Japanese Inro, Ojime and Netsuke; Kyoto Satuma and cloisonne pieces, embroidery and metal works; 10:00-17:00; Closed: Mon. & Tues.; 800 yen.


Kodaiji Sho Museum
Many priceless pieces of artistic makie (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 (600 yen for combination ticket with Kodai-ji Temple).


Memorial Museum of Kondo Yuzo
Ceramic works by Kondo Yuzo (1902-1985), a Living National Treasure known for his exquisite pottery glaze paintings; 500 yen; 10:00-18:00; Closed Wed.



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..



NIJO CASTLE AREA



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.




GION AREA



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


Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
A fantastic private museum with four serene floors of wonderful Japanese paintings, exquisite works of sculpture, and a tea ceremony room facing a rooftop moss garden; 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30); Closed: Mon.; 1,000 yen.


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.


Forever Museum of Contemporary Art. Gion-Kyoto
Until Feb 28, 2019: Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin Forever: A number of works from the private collection of the internationally acclaimed artist, Yayoi Kusama; Fine garden, museum shop, cafe & restaurant; 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30); 1,500 yen.


Kyoto Ukiyoe Museum
Outstanding ukiyoe collection including works by the world-famous artists Hokusai Katsushika, Hiroshige Utagawa, Utamaro Kitagawa and more; 10:30-18:30 (enter by 18:00); 1,000 yen.



HEIAN SHRINE AREA



Hosomi Museum
Excellent private collection featuring Rinpa artists and Japanese decorative arts such as makie, lacquerware, tea bowls, etc.; Fine museum shop, cafe & restaurant; 10:00- 18:00 (enter by 17:30); Closed: Mon.


Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
The main building will be closed until 2019 due to 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..


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: Visitors can observe experienced Kyoto craftsmen at work; Free of charge; 9:00-17:00.


The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Japanese paintings, Western paintings, prints, sculpture, crafts (ceramics, textiles, metal works, wood and bamboo works, lacquers and jewelry) and photography in the Collection Gallery; Until Dec. 16: Foujita: A Retrospective Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of his Death: 1,500 yen; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Until 20:00 on Fri. & Sat.; Closed: Mon.; Tel: 075-761-4111;


Mori Yu Gallery Kyoto
Featuring pop culture and contemporary art; 12:00-19:00; Closed: Mon., Tues. & national holidays.


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 holidaly weeks.


Nomura Museum
Until Dec. 9: The Beauty of Chanoyu, Nogaku and Japan: Celebrating the 35th anniversary this year, this private museum presents its fine collection of a variety of Japanese art and culture especially featuring Chanoyu (tea ceremony) and Noh play; 800 yen; 10:00-16:30 (enter by 16:00); Closed: Mon..


Sen-oku Hakukokan Museum
Extensive collection of Chinese bronzewares and mirrors as well as the 15th generation family master collected at the beginning of the 20th century; 10:00-17:00 (last entry: 16:30); Closed Mon.; 800 yen.



IMPERIAL PALACE AREA



Horino Memorial Museum
Formerly the residence of the founder of Kinshi Masamune, one of Japan's most respected sake producers, 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..


Raku Museum
The museum collection consists primarily of ceramics made by successive heads of the Raku family, related documents and tea utensils passed down over the generations reflecting more than 450 years of its history.


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.


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); Closed: Mon.; 800 yen.



DOWNTOWN AREA



Dohjidai Gallery of Art
A contemporary art gallery in the center of downtown featuring a wide variety of art forms and artists; 12:00-19:00; Closed: Mon..


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.


The Museum of Kyoto
Until Nov. 25: The Blossoming of Imperial Culture: 1,400 yen; Kyoto arts and crafts masterworks, film and theatre exhibits, Kyoto archaeological artifacts, local crafts and more; Quality shops, restaurants and cafe; 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30), until 19:30 on Fri.; Closed: Mon..


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.


MATSUO MEGUMI + VOICE GALLERY pfs/w
Contemporary art gallery introducing a variety of artists; 11:00-19:00; Closed: Sun. & Mon..



KYOTO STATION AREA



Museum Eki KYOTO (7F Isetan Dept. Store)
A small museum in the Isetan department store regularly holds special exhibitions; 10:00-20:00 (enter by 19:30).


Kyoto Railway Museum
Everything about railway culture in Japan; 53 train vehicles including 20 locomotives, the “0” Series Shinkansen (bullet train); Ride in passenger cars pulled by actual steam locomotives; 1,200 yen; 10:00-17:30 (enter by 17:00); Closed: Wed..


The Kyocera Museum of Art
A vast Kyocera collection of artwork including Pablo Picasso's copper plate print series 347, Japanese & Western paintings, pottery, sculptures, glass art pieces, and many more; 10:00-17:00; Admission free; 1F of Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office.


Kyoto National Museum
The museum collects and preserves venerable works of art and archaeological artifacts from Japan as well as other Asian countries; Until Nov. 25: Swords of Kyoto: Master Craftsmanship from an Elegant Culture: Featuring many National Treasure swords made in Yamashiro (Kyoto), together with outstanding tachi, katana, and other blades produced by associated master swordsmiths between the Heian (794-1185) and Heisei (1989-present) periods; 1,500 yen; 9:30-18:00 (enter by 17:30), until 20:00 on Fri. & Sat.; Closed Mon..


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.



OTHER AREAS



Miho Museum
Designed by the world-renowned architect I. M. Pei, opened in November 1997; Stunning collection includes Japanese tea ceremony art, Buddhist art, Japanese ceramics, and masterpiece works from ancient civilizations the world over; 10:00-17:00 (enter by 16:00); Closed Mon. & between exhibitions; 1,100 yen.


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.


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; A superb gift shop; 9:00-17:00; 600 yen.


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; A 10-min. walk from JR Yamazaki Stn. or Hankyu Oyamazaki Stn..


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