Japan Museums: Kyoto International Manga Museum
Kyoto International Manga Museum 京都国際マンガミュージアム
Kyoto, better known for its traditional arts, is now home to two of Japan's premier manga institutions: Kyoto Seika University, which is the only university in Japan to offer an undergraduate major in manga; and the Kyoto International Manga Museum, which recently opened.
The Museum is housed in what was an elementary school until the 1990s.
There are three floors/zones, and a fourth if you include the archives in the basement. The first floor has a cafe, gift shop, and the workshop zone where you can actually draw.
The second floor is called the Gallery Zone, and this is the main exhibits area. The final floor is a research area.
Kyoto International Manga Museum
Open: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (admission until 7:30 p.m.). Closed Mondays.
Kyoto International Manga Museum Access
The Kyoto International Manga Museumis a one-minute walk from Karasuma Oike subway stop, which is on both the Karasuma and the Tozai lines. From JR/Kintetsu Kyoto Station take the Karasuma Line to Oike. Go out Exit 2. The museum is a short walk south of Kyoto Imperial Palace (Gosho) and east of Nijo Castle along Oike dori. Further south is the Gallery of Kyoto Traditional Arts and Crafts and the Museum of Kyoto. Kyoto City Hall, Honnoji Temple and Teramachi are a brief stroll east along Oike.
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