Insider Tips

Discover what to do, see, and eat;
and more about getting the most out of your experience in the City of Kyoto!

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Head to Kyoto for an Artsy Early Autumn

Kyoto is a city that has situated itself at the center of Japanese history and culture over the course of over 1,000 years.

To really enjoy this incredible city’s “autumn of the arts,” you’ll want to visit not only Kyoto’s cultural treasures, like its temples and shrines colored red with maple leaves, but also its wonderful art and history museums. There are over 200 museums throughout the city. With a wide variety of themes, from culture, art, science, history, and more, it’s the perfect chance to stop by a museum, and experience the culture of Japan through Kyoto.

Special Exhibitions at Each of Kyoto’s Art & History Museums

This fall, Kyoto will be overflowing with exciting art exhibitions. With exhibitions of artworks that include designated National Treasures, and those with fascinating themes, you’ll have many opportunities to come into contact with Kyoto’s rich artistic traditions.

The Kyoto National Museum

National Treasure Wind God and Thunder God (Right Screen) By Tawaraya Sōtatsu Kennin-ji Temple, Kyoto

ICOM Kyoto Special Exhibition: Masterworks of the Kyoto National Museum: Temple and Shrine Treasures

This exhibition features a selection of extraordinarily beautiful masterpieces.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK)

COMME des GARÇONS (Rei Kawakubo), Spring/Summer 2018 Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama

Dress Code: Are You Playing Fashion?

Examining a dress code for modern society.

The Museum of Kyoto

This is Japan In Kyoto – From The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum Collection

An incredible collection of works by some of Japan’s master painters, including Hokusai Katsushika, Utagawa Hiroshige, Ito Jakuchu, and Maruyama Okyo, all gathered in one place!

Opening at the same time!

In Commemoration of ICOM in Kyoto: History of Kyoto

Kyoto City Museum of Art Annex

The main building of the Kyoto City Museum of Art will be re-opened on March 21 of next year. The museum is currently offering a variety of exhibitions at its annex.

*ICOM (The International Council of Museums) is an international NGO formed in 1946, and its membership includes museum professionals from 141 countries. In August, 2019, this international meeting will come to Japan for the first time, right here in Kyoto.

*Event times and dates are subject to change. For the latest information, please see here.

For more information about Kyoto’s museums, please see here.