A museum specializing in manga houses 300,000 of manga and comic books from all ages and cultures and they are all-you-can-read
Kyoto International Manga Museum was established as a joint project of Kyoto City and Kyoto Seika University which opened Japan’s first faculty of manga. The building of the former Tatsuike Primary School, which was closed down, was renovated to open the museum. It also has at its core a function as the research center of the University.
It houses about 300,000 manga and comic books from the recent popular ones and the classic pieces around the world to the comic magazines in the 19th century. Visitors from overseas can enjoy about 5,300 of the local language version of manga around the world and the comic books from abroad which are made available to the visitors through the open-stuck system.
There also “Children’s Library” with picture books and a room for “Kamishibai (picture-story show)” which gained huge popularity in the postwar period. Kamishibai is a cultural artifact unique to Japan. It is a show that a storyteller performs using picture boards. The storyteller tells the story and the lines while withdrawing picture boards from a set in accordance with the development of the story. It is said that it was originally started by the shops which sold cheap sweets and snacks to attract children’s attention. At the museum, it is performed in the room reproducing the scenery of that time.
Visitors can read manga and comic books as freely as lying down on the artificial lawn in the garden.
On weekends, but is not limited to, “Manga Studio” where visitors can watch manga artists drawing manga is open and various workshops are held. Events such as a cosplay party, which many cosplayers gather wearing costumes of characters of manga and the like, are regularly held and gain attention both from home and abroad.
- Oike agaru, Karasuma-dori, Chukyo-ku, Kyoto
- 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.（Last admission 5:30 p.m.）
- Admission Fee
- 800 yen
- Wednesday, the year-end through the New Year period and maintenance periods
* There may be changes to the museum opening and closing times. Check the official website for details.
- From Tokyo:[Rail]About 2 hours 30 min by JR Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Kyoto Station, about 5 min by Kyoto City Subway from Kyoto Station to Karasuma Oike Station, immediate access from Karasuma Oike Station
[Rail] About 2 hours 30 min by JR Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Kyoto Station, about 5 min by Kyoto City Subway from Kyoto Station to Karasuma Oike Station, immediate access from Karasuma Oike Station
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