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Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden & Museums
Former residence of a distinguished Kyoto artist, Kansetsu Hashimoto (1883-1945); The gardens are an oasis of calm and tranquility and superb art works by Kansetsu; Nice cafe and restaurant too; 10:00-17:00; 1,300 yen; Tel: 075-751-0446.

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 is on almost every hour (10:00-16:00); 10:00-18:00; 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.

Decorated Urushi
The Beautiful World of Gold and Silver on Black Lacquer

SEN-OKU HAKUKOKAN MUSEUM is a hidden gem of Kyoto which is open only during spring and autumn. Their extensive collection of Chinese bronzewares and mirrors is unrivaled and particularly noteworthy is the collection of the 15th generation family master which he collected between the mid-Meiji and Taisho period (beginning of the 20th century). It is considered one of the greatest collections of Asian bronzes in the world.

The current special exhibition, ''Decorated Urushi,'' showcases their collection of splendid lacquerwares handed down by successive members of the Sumitomo Family. The sophisticated luster of lacquerware is supremely elegant. Lacquer is not only used as a coating material for vessels of all kinds but has also been an important material for a variety of art works such as carvings, makie, mother-of-pearl inlay, and more.

The exhibition mainly features furniture and utensils used for welcoming important guests and for ceremonial occasions such as tea ceremony and incense ceremony. Truly a fine opportunity to appreciate the exquisite beauty of lacquerware.

Open: 10:00-17:00 (last entry: 16:30); Closed Mon. (open on Sept. 18 & Oct. 9); 800 yen; Tel: 075-771-6411.


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; Tel: 075-561-3585.

Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
The first museum in Japan to amass a permanent collection of metalwork, cloisonne, makie, lacquerware and Kyoto Satsuma Ware artworks from the late Edo to the early Meiji Period (17-19th century); Until Nov. 12: Yatate & Tobacco Cases: Elaborate collection featuring yatate (portable writing utensils) and tobacco cases decorated with decorative makie art works; 10:00-17:00; Closed: Mon. & Tues.; 800 yen; Tel: 075-532-4270.

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 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
Ceramic works by Kondo Yuzo (1902-1985), a Living National Treasure known for his exquisite pottery glaze paintings; 500 yen; 10:00-17:00; Closed Wed.; Tel: 075-561-2917.


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; Tel: 075-221-4252.


eN arts
A fine contemporary art gallery in Maruyama Park; 12:00-18:00; Open only Fri., Sat., Sun.; Tel: 075- 525- 2355.

Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
A fantastic private museum with four serene floors of wonderful Japanese paintings, a few exquisite works of sculpture, and a tea ceremony room facing a rooftop moss garden; Until Sept. 24: Rosanjin Kitaoji Exhibition: Approx. 100 works by Rosanjin Kitaoji (1883- 1959), the modern Japanese genius of art (calligraphy, pottery, carving, paintings, etc.) and gourmet; 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.

Forever Museum of Contemporary Art. Gion-Kyoto
A brand-new contemporary art museum recently opened in the most historical and classical district of Kyoto, Gion; Until Oct. 29: Yayoi Kusama - My Soul Forever: A number of works from the private collection of the internationally acclaimed artist, Yayoi Kusama will be exhibited; Fine museum shop, cafe & restaurant; 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30); 1,200 yen; Tel: 075-532-0270.


Hosomi Museum
Excellent private collections mainly featuring Rinpa artists and Japanese decorative arts such as makie, lacquerware, tea bowls, etc.; Until Oct. 9: Elegant Japanese Beauty: Japanese paintings and craft works featuring autumn plants and flowers in the design; Fine museum shop, cafe & restaurant; 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30); Closed: Mon.; 1,200 yen; Tel: 075-752-5555.

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
A comprehensive exhibition featuring a wide range of art works (Japanese-style painting, Western-style painting, crafts, sculpture, prints and calligraphy); 9:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed: Mon.; 900 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, Chinese and Korean; Traditional Craft Demonstrations: Visitors can observe experienced Kyoto craftsmen at work; Free of charge; 9:00- 17:00; Tel: 075-762-2670.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Selected works including 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 Oct. 15: KOJI KINUTANI: A Journey of Color and Imagery: 1,400 yen; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Until 20:30 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; 075-950-5230.

Namikawa Cloisonne Museum of Kyoto
Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927) was the greatest Japanese modern master of cloisonne (enamelware); Set in an extraordinary old building built in 1894; 600 yen; 10:00-16:30; Closed Mon., Thurs., summer & winter holidaly weeks; Tel: 075-752-3277 (only Japanese spoken).


Horino Memorial 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; 11:00-17:00 (beer hall: 11:30-21:00); Closed: Mon.; 300 yen; Tel: 075-223-2072.

Raku Museum
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 reflecting more than 450 years of its history; Tel:075- 414-0304.

Imura Art Gallery
Featuring inspiring and upcoming contemporary artists; On the north side of Marutamachi, east of Kawabata; 12:00-19:00; Closed: Mon., Sun., national holidays; Tel: 075-761-7372.

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; With authentic tea ceremony rooms; Contemporary and sophisticated porcelain vessels and artistic objects; 11:00-19:00; Closed irregularly; Tel: 075-212-0166.


Dohjidai Gallery of Art
A contemporary art gallery located in the liveliest area in the center of downtown featuring a wide variety of art forms and artists; 12:00-19:00; Closed: Mon.; Tel: 075-256-6155.

Kyoto Art Center
Promoting arts in a comprehensive way by a collaboration between the city of Kyoto, artists and other people related to art; A wide range of art & performing arts events are held every month; Quiet cafe/bar on the 1st floor; 10:00-20:00; Tel: 075-213-1000.

The Museum of Kyoto
Kyoto art and craft masterworks, film and theatre exhibits, Kyoto archaeological artifacts, local crafts and more; Until Sept. 18: PARIS MAGNUM: To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Magnum Photos Foundation, approx. 130 photographic works will be exhibited featuring Paris; 1,000 yen; Quality shops, restaurants and cafe; 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30), until 19:30 on Fri.; Closed: Mon.; 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;10:00-18:00 (until 17:30 at the museum); Closed: Wed.; 800 yen; Tel: 075-254-7414.

Contemporary art gallery introducing a variety of artists; 11:00-19:00; Closed: Sun. & Mon.; On the east side of Tominokoji, north of Takatsuji; Tel: 075-341-0222.


Museum Eki KYOTO (7F Isetan Dept. Store)
This small museum in the Isetan department store regularly holds special exhibitions; 10:00-20:00 (enter by 19:30); Tel: 075-352-1111.

Kyoto Railway Museum
A museum featuring everything about railway culture in Japan; 53 train vehicles including 20 locomotives, the ''0'' Series first Shinkansen (bullet train) from 1964 and more; Visitors can ride in passenger cars pulled by actual steam locomotives; 1,200 yen (additional 300 yen for the steam locomotive); 10:00-17:30 (enter by 17:00); Closed: Wed.

The Kyocera Museum of Art
A vast collections of artwork including Pablo Picasso’s copper plate print series 347, Japanese & Western paintings, pottery, sculptures, glass art pieces, and many more works collected by Kyocera;10:00-17:00; Admission free; Tel: 075-604-3518; 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; 520 yen; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30), until 20:30 on Fri. & Sat. in Aug.; Closed Mon.; Tel: 075-525-2473.


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 (enter by 16:00); Closed Mon. & between exhibitions; 1,100 yen; Tel: 0748-82-3411.

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 including in the 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.