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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
The first museum in Japan to build 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 Aug. 14: Cloisonne of the Meiji Period: Fine collection featuring elaborate cloisonne art works; 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
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; Until Aug. 31: Huge Shibori Kimono and Japanese Wedding Dress: Gorgeous wedding dresses adorned with traditional and extraordinary shibori tiedye will be exhibited; 500 yen; Closed irregularly; 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; 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
private collections mainly featuring Rimpa artists and Japanese decorative arts such as makie, lacquerware, tea bowls, etc.; Tea ceremony room offers a true tea ceremony experience; With a fine museum shop, cafe & restaurant; Until Sept. 4: Jakuchu Ito 300th Birth Anniversary Exhibition: Jakuchu Ito (1716-1800) was a renowned Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period whose common theme was especially birds, chickens and roosters; 10:00-18:00; Closed: Mon.; 1,200 yen; Tel: 075-752-5555.

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Until Sept. 4: Salvador Dali Exhibition: Some of his 200 artworks, including oil paintings, drawing and sculptures will be showcased; 1,600 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 Aug. 21, from 14:00-15:15 (3 performances); 9:00-17:00; Free of charge; Tel: 075- 762-2670.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Selected works of 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 Sept. 11: A Feverish Era - Art Informed and the Expansion of Japanese Artistic Expression in the 1950s & 60s: 900 yen; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30); 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 cloisonné (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: 11:00-21:00); 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 of more than 450 years of its history; 10:00-16:30; Closed: Mon.; 1,000 yen; Tel: 075-414-0304.

Imura Art Gallery
Featuring inspiring and upcoming contemporary artists; On the north side of Marutamachi, east of Kawabata; 11:00-19:00; Closed: Mon., Sun., national holidays; Tel: 075-761-7372.


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 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; Quality shops, restaurants and cafes; Until Sept. 4: OEuvre grave Salvador Dali: Salvador Dali's block printing collections will be showcased; 1,200 yen; 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; Until Sept. 4: Eguchi Hisashi Pop Art Exhibition: Eguchi was a leading innovator in Japanese gag manga and his over 300 works will be displayed including a large number of original; 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30); 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 all 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; Closed: Wed.

The Kyocera Museum of Art
A vast collections of art works including Pablo Picasso's copper plate print series 347, Japanese & Western paintings, potteries, sculptures and glass art pieces, and many more collected by Kyocera, one of the leading companies in Kyoto; 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; Until Sept. 11: Buddhist Art from Tango: Featuring a rich Buddhist heritage, housing numerous icons that date from the Heian through Muromachi periods in the Tango Peninsula, located on the far northern side of Kyoto prefecture; 520 yen; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed Mon.; Tel: 075-525-2473.

Buddhist Art from Tango (Until Sept. 11)
The current special exhibition is the ''Buddhist Art from Tango.'' Tango Peninsula is located on the far northern side of Kyoto prefecture, jutting out into the Japan Sea. The region, though remote, has a rich Buddhist heritage, housing numerous icons that date from the Heian (794–1185) through Muromachi (1392–1573) periods. One of the highlights of this exhibition is a tenth century hidden Buddhist sculpture of the Thousand Armed Kannon (Avalokitesvara) from Enjo-ji Temple. This sacred early Heian period image is normally hidden away, even at its temple, making this exhibition an extraordinarily rare opportunity to view it in person.

Admission: 520 yen

Thousand Armed Kannon (Sahasrabhuja Arya Avalokitsvara); (Important Cultural Property, Enjo-ji Temple, Kyoto)


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.

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.