Kyoto National Museum

The tea house “Tan’an” in the sukiya-zukuri style of architecture – influenced by traditions in court culture of early Edo - can be seen here

Preserving the cultural assets of our hometown Kyoto

Opened in 1897, with the major goal of protecting cultural assets in danger of being destroyed in the melee or taken out of the country and scattered across the globe at the beginning of the Meiji restoration, the museum was designed by the imperially approved leading architect Tokuma Katayama. His symbolic red brick annex and entranceway are now Important Cultural Properties (currently not being used for exhibitions). In 2014, the Heisei Chishinkan Wing was built on the design of the world-famous architect Taniguchi Yoshio. This new wing features a spacious front lobby that bathes visitors in soft natural light.
Most of the works come from Japan and the rest from the Orient. The periods and types are extremely diverse. Among these, items that stand out include archeological relics from the Tumulus period, textiles and costumes, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, calligraphy, lacquerware, armor and swords. In particular, many exhibits have been entrusted to the museum by temples and shrines in Kyoto. And, some of these are National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties.
The spacious garden is divided into four areas, displaying pieces like a stone Buddha statue from the Heian period, gravestones from the Kamakura period, the tea arbor “Tan’an” in the sukiya-zukuri style and Rodin’s The Thinker..

photoTea arbor “Tan’an” in the sukiya-zukuri style of architecture

Tea arbor “Tan’an” in the sukiya-zukuri style of architecture

Address 527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku
TEL 075-525-2473(telephone service)
FAX None
URL https://www.kyohaku.go.jp
Hours 9:30~17:00, During special exhibitions days may vary (last entry is 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mon (following day if Nat Hol), New Year Hols
Adm Adults ¥700, College students ¥350 ※Special exhibitions charged separately
Access A 7-min walk from Keihan Shichijo Stn/Very close to Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae Stop of City Bus
Parking Available (Charged)

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photo:SEN-OKU HAKUKOKAN MUSEUM “Sumitomo Collection”

SEN-OKU HAKUKOKAN MUSEUM “Sumitomo Collection”

A highly proclaimed bronze ware collection

photo:Obentobako Museum

Obentobako Museum

Lunchboxes that speak volumes about the food culture of Edo times

photo:Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum

Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum

Late Edo and Meiji artworks come to light in Kyoto

photo:Yurinkan Museum

Yurinkan Museum

A wonderful experience in Chinese culture

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