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GOLDEN PAVILION AREA
Kyoto Prefectural Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts
Dec. 10-April 12: Best Collection of Insho Domoto: 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; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30); closed Mon.; 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.
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; 9:30-16:30; closed Mon.; 800 yen; Tel: 075-431-6474.
KIYOMIZU TEMPLE AREA
Kawai Kanjiro's House
The fascinating home and studio of mingei (folk craft) potter/designer Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966); 10:00-17:00, closed Mon.; 900 yen; Tel: 075-561-3585.
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 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
The Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum is the first museum in Japan to build a permanent collection of metalwork, cloisonne, maki-e lacquerware and Kyoto Satsumaware artworks from the late Edo to the early Meiji period (17-19th century); 10:00-17:00; Closed: Mon. & Tues.; 800 yen.
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.
NIJO CASTLE AREA
Kyoto Shibori Museum
Until Dec. 24: The world's famous pictures by employing Shibori dyeing techniques: 18 master pieces will be exhibited, including ''the Last Supper''; 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; Closed irregularly; 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; 10:00-17:30 (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; 10:00-16:00, closed Mon.; 500 yen; Tel: 075-561-5127.
HEIAN SHRINE AREA
Until Dec. 14: The Paintings of Sengai and Nabeshima Ceramics from the Yuji Kamio Collection: Coming Face-to-Face with Beauty: From the Kamio Yuji's vast antique collection, this time exhibiting Zen pictures by Sengai priest, and Nabeshima potteries; 1,100 yen; ''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); 1,000 yen; Tel: 075-752-5555.
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Dec. 16-Feb. 15: The Successive Generations of Kyoto Ceramics- Inheritance and Development: 500 yen; 9:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed: Mon. except natl. holidays; Tel: 075-771-4107
Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
Until Dec. 14: Masterpiece of Kyo-yaki/Kiyomizu-yaki (Kyoto Ware Ceramics); 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: Every day (except for Mon.) from 10:00 to 16:30, visitors can observe experienced Kyoto craftsmen at work; Maiko Dance: Dance performances by real maiko; every Sun., from 14:00-15:30 (3 performances); 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.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Permanent: Paintings, ceramics, sculptures, prints and photos by Japanese and foreign artists; 9:30-17:00 (until 20:00 on Fri.); closed: Mon. (except April 28th); 430 yen; Tel: 075-761-4111.
IMPERIAL PALACE AREA
Until Dec. 7: Autumn Special Exhibition Ⅰ- 300 Anniversary of the Birth of Raku Sonyu -: This 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 na'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 Dec. 7: Noguchi Hisamitsu Cinema Graphics: 1,000 yen; Permanent: 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
Until Feb. 1, 2015: Yasuko Aoike's 50th anniversary-A world of beautiful artwork from ''Eroica'' to ''Falco''; Free; Japan's first museum dedicated to the world of manga comics; A collection of more than 300,000 manga and related materials; 10:00-18:00; Closed: Wed.; 800 yen; Tel: 075-254-7414.
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
Jan. 2-Feb. 15: Exhibition of Treasures of Gakuen-ji Temple in Shimane Prefecture: This famous temple in Sanin area will exhibit their precious temple treasures including Buddhist statues, old documents, etc.; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30; until 18:00 during the Special Exhibition period; until 20:00 on Fri.); 520 yen; Closed Mon., but open on Nov. 3, and closed on Nov. 4; Tel: 075-525-2473.
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.
Until Dec. 14: “Shishi and Komainu: Mystical Beasts from Far Away”: Please find out at the exhibition of how a lion, which did not originally live in Japan, come to be a guardian over Japanese deities; 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; 1,100 yen; Tel: 0748-82-3411. The museum will be closed from Dec. 15-Mar. 13, 2015.
The Kyocera Museum of Art
Until Dec. 5: The World of Yumeji Takehisa and Taisho Romanticism: About 100 pieces of work by Yumeji Takehisa, a prominent painter of Taisho Romanticism in the early 1900s will be exhibited; 10:00-17:00; Free; Tel: 075-604-3416; 1F of Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
Until Jan. 4, 2015: British Scenery: Lucie Rie and the Mingei artists: This exhibition spotlights ''Britain'' from museum collections of Lucie RIE and artists who are part of the Mingei Movement, such as Bernard LEACH, Shoji HAMADA, etc.; A fine museum set in a vast garden; The annex ''Underground Jewelry Box'' was designed by Tadao Ando and is home to a ''Water Lily'' Monet original; 10:00-17:00 (entry until 16:30); Closed: 12/15 & 22, 12/26-1/2; 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 is considered to be the first modern temple museum in Japan; It was designed to securely house the temple's many national treasures in a facility suitable for public viewing; The museum also has a superb gift shop; 9:00-17:00; 600 yen; Tel: 0774-21-2861.
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.