Kyoto National Museum

Kyoto, Kansai

The Kyoto National Museum, located in Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, collects and preserves venerable works of art and archaeological artifacts from Japan as well as other Asian countries. The primary focus of the museum collections is the millennium during which Kyoto was the capital of Japan, from 794 to 1868.The original museum building, known today as the Meiji Kotokan, is a red brick hall in the French Renaissance style, which opened in 1897. It was designed by the architect Katayama Tokuma, who contributed greatly to the introduction of Western architecture to Japan. The Meiji Kotokan, together with the red brick Main Gate and part of the surrounding wall, was designated an Important Cultural Property in 1969 by the Japanese government. Today it is used for special exhibitions in the spring and autumn and sometimes other parts of the year. In September 2014, the museum opened an elegant, contemporary new wing called the Heisei Chishinkan, designed by architect Taniguchi Yoshio. The new wing is used for regularly changing thematic exhibitions of the collections, which include both museum-owned works and works entrusted to the museum on long-term loan from temples and shrines in Kyoto, the Kansai region, and other parts of the country.


527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Open until 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays) (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
* Hours may change according to the exhibition
Admission Fee
520 yen (regular fee), Special exhibitions require a separate admission fee
Mondays (if the Monday is a national holiday, the following day), New Years holidays
[Bus]JR Kyoto Stn. / Bus / 5-min. ride / Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae Stop / 3-min. walk

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