Aug. 21, 2020 UPDATE
Kyoto International Manga Museum- 京都国際マンガミュージアム -
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!
English, Chinese, Korean, French, and Japanese
Japanese and English
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A must-see museum for manga fans in Kyoto
As you probably know, Japan is known as the country of manga! Japan is blessed with historical temples and shrines as well as the delicate Japanese culture, which also has a rich subculture with manga, anime, computer games and so on. In the Kyoto International Manga Museum, there are more than 300,000 manga, magazines and historical records from the Meiji Era (about 1870 - 1910) to recent years in various languages. They mainly house Japanese comics but there is also a space called “Manga Expo” for foreign books in more than 14 languages. If you visit the Kyoto International Manga Museum, you may be amazed by how rich Japan is in subculture, and find your favorite manga there!
The Wall of Manga
More than 50,000 manga from the 1970s to the present are stored on the bookshelves of the “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 until 2005. Although they are written in Japanese, you may enjoy looking at the pictures as you are able to pick them up.
If you visit the Kyoto International Manga Museum with children, we highly recommend that you take them to the children’s library! There are more than 3,000 manga and picture books in this section, so your children can enjoy choosing their favorites! Since you can sit on the floor, you can relax and have a good time with your children.
If you come to the Kyoto International Manga Museum, it is suggested that you stop by the Manga Expo! There are Japanese manga translated in different languages and more than 5,000 foreign comics in their mother languages. As there are so many manga choices, you can spend all day in this section!
Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, Nigaoe or a portrait events, are held on the 1st floor of the Kyoto International Manga Museum. If you visit, artists will draw your portrait, capturing the small features of your face, hair and atmosphere. It is very cute and will be a good memory and souvenir from Japan! It costs ￥1,000/person, ￥1,800/ 2 people and ￥2,500/ 3 people.