Kyoto National Museum

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  • Address: 527 Chayacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0931, Japan
  • Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +81-755252473
  • Ticket Price: 520 JPY
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museum, Family And Kids, Heritage Building

About Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto

One of Japan’s oldest museums, the Kyoto National Museum is spread across several buildings, the most famous being the Main Hall which is a beautiful example of Meiji architecture. Opened in the year 1897 as the Imperial Museum of Kyoto, this museum is one of the top four museums in the country and for good reason. On display are objects and artefacts such as paintings, sculptures, archaeological relics, pottery, ceramics, paintings of calligraphy, photographs, costumes and a lot more. If you want to understand the history of Japan, this museum should be on your Kyoto itinerary. 

Kyoto National Museum Ticket Prices


  • Adult: 520 yen
  • University students (ID required): 260 yen
  • High school students or younger: Free admission

Groups of 20 people or more:

  • Adult: 410 yen
  • University students (ID required): 210 yen

Admissions for Special exhibitions are separate from the entry fees and will cost you more. 

Kyoto National Museum Opening and Closing Hours

Last entry at 4.30 pm.

During special exhibitions:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm (Entrance until 5:30 pm.)
  • Friday: 9:30 am - 8:00 pm (Entrance until 7:30 pm)

When Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be opened on Monday and will remain closed on the Tuesday following that Monday.

How To reach Kyoto National Museum by Public Transport

  • Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae bus stop
  • Shichijo Station

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  • 7.83% of people who visit Kyoto include Kyoto National Museum in their plan

  • 44.31% of people start their Kyoto National Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Kyoto National Museum

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

91.54% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kyoto National Museum

People normally club together Kiyomizu-dera and Nishiki Market while planning their visit to Kyoto National Museum.

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Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto Reviews

  • Truly a beautiful museum with a stunning first exhibit when we were there yesterday. The third and fourth floor were unfortunately closed for renovations (?) at the time however our visit was still fantastic and I would highly recommend if you have time. Entry was 520 for an adult ticket if I recall and we spent 2 hours in the building to view the first two floors which was a perfect amount of time.

  • Not bad but there's not that much on display and over half of it is not that interesting. Good building but very dark. The outside architecture is much better than the inside. The old one is just an oddity that is fun to see. Currently under renovation though. So you can't go in. You'd think the museum would have a lot more to show and some much more interesting items too. So a bit disappointing.

  • The main museum galleries were under major renovation from 20 March to 5 Apr, guests can view the external of the solid classic building and garden with half price. Impressive European style built during the famous modernisation of Meiji era, when the country was trying to learn as much as they can from the west.

  • The Kyoto National Museum was a great place to read about some of the history of Kyoto. I would recommend going here even though my person experience was slightly more lame than you'd expect with one of the major halls closed for renovation. Even still, the rest of the museum was great to walk through.

  • Range collection of Japan history, from statue, kimono, toys, painting, and old literature. The main building architecture also awsome. Nice museum.

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