October 14 , 2015
At this museum, visitors can learn all about the traditional crafts of Kyoto. The history of some of these crafts spans centuries and is still continued today, though the number of craftsmen for some skills is getting lower. Crafts such as pottery, lacquering, woodwork, dyeing and weaving are used to create famous Japanese craftworks such as kimonos, fans, Buddhist altars, tea cups, Noh masks and lanterns, which are valued all over the world.
The museum does not only display the crafted items themselves but also shows the process in which they are made in helpful step by step exhibits and videos of craftsmen at work.
The museum regularly invites craftsmen to show their skills to visitors of the museum as well as offering an experience corner every Sunday in which visitors can create fans, handkerchiefs, t-shirts or other items using the traditional “Surigata Yuzen” dyeing skills.
On the third Sunday of every month, Maikos perform at the museum and show their beautiful kimono and accessories which are also traditional Kyoto crafts.
Address: B1F Miyakomesse, 9-1, Okazaki Seishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Access: Subway Higashiyama station or bus (Okazaki-kouen-bijutsukan Heian-jingu-mae / Higashiyama-nijo Okazaki-kouen-guchi / Okazaki-kouen ROHM Theatre Kyoto Miyako Messe-mae)
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm
Price: free (except experience workshops)