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A must-see museum for manga fans in Kyoto
Kyoto International Manga Museum/ 京都国際マンガミュージアム
As you probably know, Japan is known as a manga country! Japan is blessed with historical temples and shrines as well as the delicate Japanese culture while it is also rich in subculture such as manga, anime, computer games and so on. In Kyoto International Manga Museum, there are more than 300,000 manga, magazines and their historical records from Meiji Era (about 1870 - 1910) to the recent years in different languages. They are mainly Japanese comics but there also is a space called “Manga Exp...moreo” for foreign books in more than 14 languages. If you visit Kyoto International Manga Museum, you may be amazed by how Japan is rich in subculture, and you may find your favorite manga there!
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Must See !
The Wall Of Manga
More than 50,000 manga from 1970s to up to the present time are stored on the bookshelves called “the wall of manga”. All of them were donated by a book store called "Ohkubo Negishi Shoten" which had run their business for over 20 years till 2005. Although they are written in Japanese, you may enjoy looking at the pictures as you can take them in your hands.
Must See !
If you visit Kyoto International Manga Museum with children, we highly recommend that you take them there! There are more than 3,000 manga and picture books in this section, so your children may enjoy choosing their favorites! Since you can sit on the floor, you may be relaxed and have a good time with your children.
Must Do !
If you come to Kyoto International Manga Museum, it is suggested that you stop by Manga Expo! There are Japanese manga translated in different languages and more than 5,000 foreign comics in their languages. As there are so many manga choices, you may spend all day in this section!
Must Do !
Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, nigaoe, or a portrait event, is held on the 1st floor of Kyoto International Manga Museum. If you visit there, writers will draw your portrait by capturing small features of your face, hair and atmosphere. It is very cute and will be a good memory and souvenir of Japan! It costs ￥1,000/person, ￥1,800/ 2 people and ￥2,500/ 3 people.
Kyoto International Manga Museum
|Categories||Museums & Galleries|
|Address||Karasuma-Oike, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0846 Japan|
|Directions||2-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station on Subway Karasuma Line. (Exit 2)|
|Hours||10am - 6pm (must enter by 5:30pm)
|Closed||Wednesdays (if Wednesday is a national holiday, the following Thursday is closed)
During the New Year's Holiday and maintenance periods.
|Notes||The building of Kyoto International Manga Museum is originally a former elementary school. Hence, you may notice the appearance of a school when you visit there.|
|Fee||Adults 800 yen
High and junior high school students 300 yen
Elementary school students 100 yen
* Group discount available. (20 people or more)
* Not applicable with other discounts.
* Preschool children may enter free of charge.
* The fee for the Special Exhibition is separate.
|Credit cards||Not accepted (You can use credit card at shops inside of the museum)|
|Friendly for Overseas Visitors||
As there are brochures in several languages, it is easy to understand this facility. Please visit Manga Expo as there are many Japanese translated manga and foreign comics in many languages!
|Information||English, Chinese, Korean, French, and Japanese|
|Languages spoken||Japanese and English|