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 opened in 2006.
Kyoto International Manga 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 of over 250,000 manga 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. Here visitors can browse 50,000 manga publications from the 1970s to the present day on a 200m long "Wall of Manga" donated by Okubo Negishi Books, which ceased trading in 2005.
The final floor of the Kyoto International Manga Museum is a research area.
The huge collection includes not only Japanese manga but also bande dessinee (Franco-Belgian comics), manhua (Chinese comics from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) and manhwa (Korean comics).
Kyoto International Manga Museum
Tel: 075 254 7414
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 Museum is a one-minute walk from Karasuma Oike subway stop, which is on both the Karasuma and the Tozai lines.