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Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto

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Address: 706-3 Dongeinmaecho Ayakoji, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8184, Kyoto Prefecture
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An oasis of calm and delight

This quirky little museum is a few minutes' walk from the Manga Museum. My husband and daughters were initially sceptical at the idea of a kaleidoscope museum, but we all had a... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2017
Emma B
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

This quirky little museum is a few minutes' walk from the Manga Museum. My husband and daughters were initially sceptical at the idea of a kaleidoscope museum, but we all had a great time here. The staff were friendly and helpful, showing us how to view the amazingly varied range of kaleidoscopes. Most are beautiful objects even before you look... More 

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Reviewed 25 November 2016

A very quirky place! My kids loved it and it was a respite from all the temples we've been dragging them to. The best part is making your own kaleidoscopes afterwards for an extra small fee. There were also kaleidoscope kits you can buy as gifts. Definitely made Kyoto more interesting for us!

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Reviewed 27 October 2016

This definitely isn't the top attraction in Kyoto but it was really neat and cheap (300 yen entry) and the artwork here on the kaleidoscopes is incredible. There's even a kaleidoscope shaped like a geisha! The staff is very friendly and they obviously love the artwork. It's just a one-room place but it's something that's cool that's a bit off... More 

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Thank Kim N
Leichhardt, Australia
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Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

It's a tiny little museum with just one room with different types of kaleidoscopes. The entry fee is only 300 yen. There are a lot of strange and wonderful kaleidoscopes with a card beside them that explains (in English) how to use them. The staff don't speak English but there was a lovely staff member there that kept tapping me... More 

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Thank Laurel F
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Just a room with lots of kaleidoscopes but there were some truly amazing ones there. Fun and unique way to spend 30min. Staff were lovely, we arrived after 5pm (the last light projection show) but they played it again especially for us. We came directly from the manga museum as its only a few blocks away - worth a visit... More 

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Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

I had a great time here! I enjoyed interacting with the different kaleidoscopes and the people in the room. The assistants were very helpful and even gavme an English card to explain the short light show. I really liked the fact that you can make your own kaleidoscope and an assistant is there to help you. You can also relax... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

The Kaleidoscope Museum is small but has a pretty impressive range. There's also a funny little interlude once an hour when they turn off the lights and project a short kaleidoscope show on the walls. Not an unpleasant way to escape the rain or heat on a humid summer day in Kyoto.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 July 2015

The museum itself is quite small, about the size of a double garage, but is packed full of these wonderful gadgets which my 8-year-old and I found mesmerising. I previously thought that kaleidoscopes were just tubes of mirrors and beads that you turned around. These ones are so much more. They are intricately crafted works of art in their own... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

This is a small museum with eye popping kaleidoscopes. I love kaleidoscopes and have made a couple, these were extradinary, large and small and we could see all of them. There was also a short film, in Japanese so wee could only guess what was being said. Small gift shop for purchasing kaleidoscopes or kits to make your own.

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Reviewed 13 June 2015

We had a little time to kill before our flight so decided to go here based on good reviews on Trip Advisor. It's very easy to find a few blocks away from the subway station. The fee to get in is small but be aware you're not allowed to take anything in with you and will need to rent a... More 

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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