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GOLDEN PAVILION AREA
Kyoto Prefectural Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts
Insho Domoto (1891-1975) is ranked as one of Japan's top 20th-century painters; during his long and highly productive career he became renown for both his impressionist and abstract work; 500 yen; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30); closed Mon.; 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.
This center, the headquarters of Japan's leading tea ceremony school, regularly features exhibitions related to Chado, the Way of Tea; for details visit their website; 800 yen; 9:30-16:30; closed Mon.; Tel: 075-431-6474.
KIYOMIZU TEMPLE AREA
Kawai Kanjiro's House
The fascinating home and studio of mingei (folk art) potter/designer Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966); 900 yen; 10:00-17:00, closed Mon.; Tel: 075-561-3585.
Kodaiji Sho Museum
Many priceless pieces of artistic makie (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.
Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
Until Feb. 16: Elegant Japanese Sword Decoration: 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); This exhibition features elegant and gorgeous works from the world of embroidery art using silk thread; 10:00-17:00; Closed: Mon. & Tues.; 500 yen.
Memorial Museum of Kondo Yuzo
Kondo Yuzo (1902-1985) is known for his exquisite pottery glaze paintings; 500 yen; 10:00-17:00; closed Wed.; Tel: 075-561-2917.
NIJO CASTLE AREA
Kyoto Shibori Kogeikan
Learn traditional shibori dyeing (a Japanese tie-dye textile technique); The experience takes about 90 min.; 3,000 yen; Reservations required; They also have kimono and scarves in their craft shop; 9:00-17:00; Closed irregularly; Tel: 075-221-4252.
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 sake; 300 yen; 11:00-17:00 (beer hall: 11:00-21:00); closed: Mon.; Tel: 075-223-2072.
A small gallery of contemporary art works created by students of the Kyoto City University of Arts; 11:00-19:00, closed Mon.; Tel: 075-334-2204.
Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
Until Jan. 26: KAORU YAMAGOUTI Exhibition: Kaoru Yamagouti (1907-1968) is a Japanese painter specialized in Western paintings. He studied painting in France and largely contributed to Japan's modern 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; 10:00-17:30 (entry until 17:00); 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; 500 yen; 10:00-16:00, closed Mon.; Tel: 075-561-5127.
HEIAN SHRINE AREA
Dec. 21-Feb. 23: Elegant and Cool Japanese Combs and Hair Ornaments: Gorgeous and elegant Japanese combs and hair ornaments from the Edo period (1600-1868) will be exhibited; ''Koko-an'', a traditional Japanese tea ceremony room, on the top floor of the museum, 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); 1,000yen; Tel: 075-752-5555.
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Dec. 14-Feb. 23: The Beauty of Kyoto, The Beauty of the Collection, To the Beauty of Tomorrow: The confidences bestowed by the collection of the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art; 1,000 yen; 9:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed: Mon. except natl. holidays; Permanent: 9:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed: Mon. except natl. holidays; Permanent; 500 yen; 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; Until Dec.15: Kyoto Ceramic Exhibition: Traditional Kyoto-style ceramics by experienced craftsmen will be exhibited; Jan. 4-Feb. 3: Kyoto Shinto Accessories and Articles Exhibition: Sacred Shinto shrine articles and tools including mirrors, folding screens, music instruments, etc.; Traditional Craft Demonstrations: Every day (except for Mon.) from 10:00 to 16:30, visitors can observe experienced Kyoto craftsmen at work; Maiko Dance: Dance performances by a real maiko; every Sun., from 14:00-15:30 (3 performances); open 9:00-17:00; free of charge; Tel: 075-762-2670.
Namikawa Cloisonne Museum of Kyoto
Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927) is considered to be Japan's leading modern master of cloisonne (enamelware); The museum includes exhibits of his work and entry to his former residence and studio; 10:00-16:30; closed Mon. & Thurs.; 600 yen; Tel: 075-752-3277.
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Until Jan 13: Treasures of the Imperial Collections - The Quintessence of Modern Japanese Art: Superb collection of the Japan’s imperial family, including paintings, ceramics, etc. will be exhibited; 1,300 yen; Permanent: Paintings, ceramics, sculptures, prints and photos by Japanese and foreign artists; 9:30-17:00 (until 20:00 on Fri.); closed: Mon.; Tel: 075-761-4111.
Zohiko Urushi Museum
Until Dec. 10: Takamikura and Michodai – Chrysanthemum and NIPPON: Zohiko has been creating and selling lacquer ware for 350 years; A selection of masterpieces from Zohiko collection include artwork utilizing a variety of maki-e (gold and silver decorations on lacquer) techniques; The museum also offers the public a unique opportunity to see many of Japan's finest examples of lacquer work ranging from the late Edo period to the present; 300 yen; 10:00-17:00; Closed: Wed.; Tel: 075-752-7790.
IMPERIAL PALACE AREA
Adachi Kumihimo Gallery
A wide range of kumihimo braiding from different eras of Japanese history are exhibited; 500 yen; 9:00-16:00; closed Sun., national holidays; 2nd, 3rd, 4th Sat.; Tel: 075-432-4113.
Until Dec. 23: Rikyu, Shoan, Genpaku: The Founding Era of the Sen Family: Tea ceremony bowls by successive masters of the Raku Family, from the first generation to the present 15th-generation master; Selected masterpieces featured in this exhibit include two rarely displayed black tea bowls created by the founder of the family, Chojiro; 10:00-16:30; Closed: Mon.; 900 yen; Tel: 075-414-0304.
Shokoku-ji Jotenkaku Museum
Precious treasures (screens, scrolls, etc.) of Zen history and culture belonging to the Shokoku-ji, Kinkaku-ji and Ginkaku-ji Zen temples; 800 yen; 10:00-17:00; Tel: 075-241-0423.
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
Dec. 22-Feb. 9: Taisei Sato: A Retrospective: Commemorating the 100th birth anniversary of the Japanese painter, Taisei Sato (1913-2004), a number of his representative paintings will be exhibited; 500 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 (until 19:30 on Fri.); Closed Mon. & the day after natl. holidays; Tel: 075-222-0888.
Kyoto International Manga Museum
Japan's first museum dedicated to the world of manga comics; a collection of more than 300,000 manga and related materials; Until Feb. 11: Ono Saseo Exhibition - The Modern Girl, the Southern Belle, and the bicycle girl: 10:00-18:00; Closed: Wed.; 800 yen; Tel: 075-254-7414.
A stunning traditional machiya townhouse devoted to kimono culture; superb Japanese-style interiors; 500 yen; 10:00-17:00, closed irregularly; advanced reservation required; Tel: 075-241-0215.
KYOTO STATION AREA
Museum Eki KYOTO (7F Isetan Dept. Store)
This small museum in the Isetan department store regularly holds special exhibitions; 10:00-20:00 (until 17:00 on the last day); Tel: 075-352-1111.
Kyoto National Museum
Until Dec. 15: Captivating Qing-dynasty Ceramics: The ceramics of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) stand out for its exquisite, elaborate features; This special exhibition introduces exemplary works of Qing ware and examines how the Japanese admired them through the discoveries made in recent studies; 1,300 yen; 9:30-18:00 (until 20:00 on Fri.); Closed Mon.; Tel: 075-525-2473.
Saga Toriimoto Town Preservation Center
Saga's Toriimoto area (near Arashiyama) is intimately connected with Atago Shrine (home to the God of Fire Protection); there are a number of well-preserved thatch-roof farmhouses in the area; 10:00-16:00; closed Mon.; Tel: 075-864-2406.
Kyoto Japanese Folk Dolls Museum
This museum has a wide collection of old and traditional Japanese folk dolls from all over the country; 9:30-17:00; closed Tues. & between special exhibitions; 800 yen; Tel: 075-882-1421.
The Ogura Hyakunin Isshu is an anthology of 100 excellent Japanese poems written by different 100 poets; At this museum visitors can experience the world of the elegant Heian period (794-1185), as well as interesting visual displays; Heian-period costume experience & photo shooting available; 10:00-17:00 (entry until 16:30); Closed Mon.; 500 yen; Tel: 075-882-1111.
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 until 16:00); closed Mon. & between exhibitions; 1,000 yen; Tel: 0748-82-3411; The museum will be closed from dec. 16-Mar. 14, 2014.
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
Original unique art works by 30 artists based in the Kansai region; a fine museum set in a vast garden; the annex was designed by Tadao Ando and is home to a water lily Monet original; The works by Kanjiro Kawai, Shoji Hamada, Bernard Leach, and other Japan’'s mingei artists are exhibited; 10:00-17:00 (entry until 16:30); 900 yen; closed: Mon.; Tel: 075-957-3123; a 15-min. walk from JR Yamazaki Stn. or Hankyu Oyamazaki Stn..
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; 300 yen; 9:30-16:30; Closed mid. Aug. & at the end and beginning of the year; Tel: 075-623-2056.
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.