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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 May 15: The World of Sculptured Inlay: 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 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
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 June 19: Hiroshi Sugimoto-Hobby & Art: An internationally famous photographer, Hiroshi Sugimoto is also a collector of Japanese fine antiques; Some of his collections will be exhibited; ''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; Until May 8: Monet Exhibition from the Collection of Marmottan Monet Museum: The exhibition focuses on the essence of Monet's art in approximately 90 paintings; 1,600 yen; Until June 5: Renoir's Light: An exhibition bringing together Renoir's attractive female images from around the world; 1,500 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 May 15, 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
Until May 22: Ordermade Exhibition: A unique program which visitors choose their favorite art works from the museum collection and decide in which order they enjoy them; Every visitor can make and enjoy his/her own ''ordermade'' exhibition; 900 yen; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed: Mon.; Tel: 075-761-4111.

Nomura Museum
Art works collected from the Meiji (1868-1912) through the Showa era (1926-1987) by Tokushichi Nomura, a well-known ardent collector of art works who was the owner of a financial clique and a man of refined taste with the tea spirit; Until June 5: Calligraphies in the Tea Ceremony Room: The exhibition features a wide range of hanging scrolls from different eras of Japanese history; 700 yen; 10:00-16:30 (entery by 16:00); Closed Mon.; Tel: 075-751- 0374.


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
Until June 26: Chojiro and 14 Generations of Kichizaemon Successors: 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
Until June 26: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew English Garden: About 150 botanical art collections (paintings, art crafts, etc.) out of over 200,000 works belonging to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; 1,300 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 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
Japan's only museum featuring the world of manga; A collection of more than 300,000 manga and related materials; Until May 29: Masters of Plastic Model: Plastic models created by exceptionally skilled builders known as ''pro-modelers'' who have taken their plastic models into the realms of art pieces with their extraordinary dexterity; 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: Until May 22: Machiko Hazegawa Exhibition: Machiko Masegawa (1920-1992) is Japan's first female manga creator and the author of super famous manga, ''Sazae-san''; 800 yen; 10:00-20:00 (enter by 19:30); Tel:075-352-1111.

Kyoto National Museum
Until May 22: The Art of ZEN From Mind to Form: Zen is one of the words most commonly associated with Japan, but in reality it is a tradition that originated in India with the First Zen Patriarch Bodhidharma, thought to have lived in the late 400s and early 500s; An extraordinary opportunity to experience in person some visual forms representing the spirit of Zen; 1,500 yen; 9:30- 18:00 (enter by 17:30); 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
Until May 8: ''Seasonal Festivals of Fushimi: Sekku Dolls'': March 3rd and May 5th are the day of traditional celebration for the good health and happiness of children in Japan; From the exhibition of traditional dolls, the origin of the sekku celebrations and the historical evolution of dolls in Japan will be introduced; 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.