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569 Kanei-cho, Gojozaka, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 605-0875

KAWAI Kanjiro was one of the most celebrated potters of the 20th century. He was also a champion of folk crafts (mingei) and helped to establish the mingei movement. His house now serves as his memorial and exhibits his works. His pottery, wood carvings, writings, brush paintings, as well as the furniture he designed and used, are all on display. The architecture was designed by Kanjiro himself based on the ancient homes found in the Hida Takayama region. The museum is located on the Gojozaka, also known as Ochawan zaka. Ochawan zaka can be translated as "ceramics vessel street." Various ceramics stores line the streets in this area which is near the Kiyomizu Temple. KAWAI'S house is a must for any pottery enthusiast visiting Kyoto.

Open: 10:00 - 17:00
Closed: Monday, Summer Holidays, New Year's Holiday

Kyoto Arts & Crafts Museum
Kyoto Arts & Crafts Museum
271 Kitagawa, Gion-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 605-0073

The Kyoto Arts & Crafts Museum was founded in 1976, at the basement floor of KYOTO Contemporary Museum, nearby YASAKA Shrine in Gion, Kyoto. The collection includes pottery and porcelain by KITAOJI Rosanjin, TOMIMOTO Kenkichi, ITAYA Hazan, and KAWAI Kanjiro, who are the most celebrated potters of the modern era. Especially the collection of KITAOJI Rosanjin is more than 300 pieces, one of the best collection in quality.

Open: 10:00 - 17:00
Closed: Monday and New Year's Holiday

Higashiiru, Imadegawa minami hitosuji, Kawara-machi, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 602-0841

KITAMURA Kinjiro's collection of paintings, literature, sculpture, wooden crafts, porcelain, metal works, lacquer ware, dyeing, figures, as well as tea ceremony utensils, are exhibited. 14 pieces are designated as the Important Artistic Properties and 9 pieces are designated as the Important Cultural Properties among the collection. KITAMURA comes from an old respected family that has deep ties to the tea world.

Open: 10:00 - 16:00
Open only during these times: From mid-March to mid-June and from mid-Sept. to mid-Dec.
Closed: Monday

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Okazakienshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 606-8344

Located nearby Okazaki park and the Heian Shrine. A great museum full of traditional arts and crafts as well as modern art. More than 400 works by KAWAI Kanjiro's pottery is also housed.

Open: 9:30 - 17:00
Closed: Monday and New Year's Holiday

Kyoto National Museum
527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 605-0931

The Kyoto National Museum was established in the Meiji period. Literature and works related to temples and shrines as well as art dating back to the Heian period form the core of the impressive collection,
such as 2890 works of paintings, 1977 works of brush paintings, 356 works of sculptures, 1180 works of dyeing, 624 works of lacquer, 642 works of metal works, 1035 works of archaeology, 324 works of historical related, 54 works of architecture model and 1564 pieces of ceramics and porcelain which includes T'ang three-colored ware and Haniwa; clay figure.
This collection includes 106 works of art designated as National Assets, 779 works of art designated as Important Cultural Properties and 193 works designated as Important Cultural Art Works.

Open: 9:00 - 16:30
Closed: Monday and New Year's Holiday

9-1 Okazakienshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 606-8344

A vast collection of traditional arts and crafts from the Kyoto region which has a twelve hundreds year cultural history. Dyeing, weaving, lacquer ware, figures, pottery and porcelain, as well as Kyoto sweets, are exhibited. There are also places to watch videos and a library is open to the public. The museum was renovated in 1996.

Open: 10:00 - 18:00
Closed: Monday and New Year's Holiday (Dec.29 to Jan.3)

The Museum of Kyoto
Takakura, Sanjodori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 604-8111

Folklore, traditional arts and crafts and a look at the history of Kyoto are exhibited at this museum. Various movies at the theater are also available. The western designed annex was originally built for the Bank of Nippon but was renovated into the museum and is now designated as the Important Cultural Asset. Visitors can enjoy eating and shopping in the Edo period replica arcade.

Open: 10:00 - 19:30
Closed: The Third Wednesday and New Year's Holiday (Dec.28 to Jan.3)

The Koryo Museum of Art
15 Shichikukaminokishi-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 603-8108

The collection of TO Shobun, a successful Korean businessman, is exhibited. This is a rare kind of museum that exhibits mainly Korean arts and crafts, such as pottery and porcelain, furniture, wooden carvings, stone images, and paintings.

Open: 10:00 - 17:00
Closed: Monday and New Year's Holiday

61 Nanzenjishimokawara-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 606-8434

The Nomura museum is named after Tokuhiti NOMURA, a founder of the Nomura financial empire. The collection includes tea ceremony articles, such as cold water jars, incense burner, tea bowls as well as arts and crafts related to Noh are on display.

Open: 10:00 - 16:30
Closed: Monday, Summer and Winter

44 Enshoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8344

The YURIN MUSEUM was found in Taisho period to exhibit the collection of FUJII Yoshisuke, a successful business man. The collection includes precious Chinese art works, such as Image of Buddha, copper ware, pottery and porcelain, lacquer ware, stationary, brush paintings as well as literature are housed. Some of collections are designated as the National Properties and the Important Cultural Properties.

Open: First and third Sunday, 12:00 - 15:00
Closed: January and August, please call for the further details

AYABE City Museum & Library
AYABE City Museum & Library
21-20 Hisada, Sato-cho, Ayabe-city, Kyoto 623-0005

The AYABE City Museum & Library was founded in 1992, and exhibits the historical works which were found at the AONO ruins in the region. The collection includes archaeological works as well as jars, Sake tokkuri, and bowls of ancient Tamba-yaki. There are the Important Cultural Properties exhibited among 150 pieces of ancient Tamba-yaki collection.

Open: 9:00 - 17:00
Closed: Monday and New Year's Holiday (Dec.28-Jan.4)

Asahi-yaki Kiln Museum & Library
Asahi-yaki Kiln Museum & Library
11 Yamada, Uji, Uji-city, Kyoto 611-0021

The Asahi-yaki Kiln Museum & Library was founded in 1985 and exhibits the Asahi-yaki from generation to generation, as well as its related literature.

Open: 10:00 - 17:00
Closed: Monday

Tea Ceremony School Museum & Library
Tea Ceremony School Museum & Library
Teranouchi agaru, Horikawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 602-0071

The Tea Ceremony School Museum & Library was founded to research and preserve traditional tea culture in 1979. The collection includes tea ceremony articles and its related literature of Ura Senke Tea School.

Open: 9:30 - 16:00
Closed:Monday and New Year's Holiday

Raku Museum
Raku Museum
84 Abura Hashizume-cho,Naka Dachi Uri agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 602-0923

The Raku Museum was founded to preserve and exhibit the collection by Raku family from generation to generation. The collection includes Raku tea bowl made by Chojiro, the first generation of Raku family and other Raku family. There is an event of Tea Ceremony held with RAKU Kichizaemon, the fifth generation of Raku family regularly. The reservation for the tea party is recommended.

Open: 10:00 - 16:00
Closed:Monday, middle August and New Year's Holiday

DOMOTO Insho Museum
DOMOTO Insho Museum
26-3 Yanagi-cho, Hiranokami, Kita-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 603-8355

The DOMOTO Insho Museum was established in 1966 and exhibits more than 2,000 works by DOMOTO Insho, an artist. The collection includes Japanese paintings pottery and porcelain, as well as sculptures by DOMOTO.

Open: 9:30 - 17:00
Closed:Monday and New Year's Holiday

KONDO Yuzo Memorial Museum
KONDO Yuzo Memorial Museum
1-287 Kiyomizu, Aramichi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 605-0862

The KONDO Yuzo Memorial Museum was established in 1987 and exhibits more than 70 works of pottery and porcelain by KONDO Yuzo. KONDO Yuzo were address as the Treasure of the Country for his Sometsuke technique. Especially the large plate among the collection is said that the largest one in the world. There are special events three times a year.

Open: 9:30 - 17:00
Closed:Wednesday, please call for the further details


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