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GOLDEN PAVILION AREA
Kyoto Prefectural Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts
Until 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 Apr. 30: SHIBORI KOHAKUBAI IN THE MOONLIGHT: A great shibori master pieces will be exhibited; Learn traditional shibori dyeing (a Japanese tie-dye textile technique); 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 Mar. 2 & Apr. 1; 500 yen;Tel: 075- 221-4252
Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
Until Mar. 22: Nakano Hirohiko Exhibition; A great Japanese painter and also a philosopher, some of his 50 paintings will be exhibited; 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
''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
Mar. 7-May.10: PARASOPHIA: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture: Is the first large-scale international contemporary art approximately 40 artists from around the world will participate in the two-month exhibition at the various museums in Kyoto including Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art; 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: 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
Closed until Mar. 20; 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.
IMPERIAL PALACE AREA
Until Mar. 1: 350th Anniversary of the Birth of Raku Sônyû – Revising the Roots of Raku: 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
Mar.1-Apr. 12: Special Exhibition: Painting the Capital of Kyoto ''A period of Rakuchu Rakugai-zu''; 1,200 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; 10:00-19:30 (entry until 19:00); Closed: Mon. & the day after natl. holidays; Tel: 075-222-0888.
Until Feb. 11: With same exhibition title, but different exhibition content; Free; 10:00-19:00; Closed: Mon.; 2F of the IYEMON SALON.
Kyoto International Manga Museum
Until May 10: Black Jack Stories: Doctor's Choice; 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
Until Apr. 7: Hinamatsuri and Japanese Dolls: Special Exhibition Room 1F-2; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30; until 18:00 during the special exhibition period; until 20:00 on Fri.) Closed Mon.; 520 yen; 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.
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 until Mar. 13, 2015.
The Kyocera Museum of Art
The museum is operated by Kyocera, one of the leading companies in Kyoto; they have a vast collections of art works including Japanese & Western paintings, potteries, sculptures and glass art pieces, and many more; 10:00-17:00; Free; Tel: 075-604-3416; 1F of Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
Until Mar. 15: Fukumi Shimura: retracing her roots: A 90 year old leading textile artist, who was certified as a Living National Treasure of Japan, this exhibition shows her textiles from the late 1950's to recent years; 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.