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Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto

706-3 Dongeinmaecho Ayakoji, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8184, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-254-7902
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Small, unique, special place

On a side street near a subway station, the museum offers a small exhibit of all kinds of different... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Rodwilde
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Guam, Mariana Islands
Captivating

If I'd visited here on my own I would have given it a 5 star rating. I thought the kaleidoscopes... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
1066cariad
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UK
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706-3 Dongeinmaecho Ayakoji, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8184, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 5 days ago

On a side street near a subway station, the museum offers a small exhibit of all kinds of different styles of kaleidoscopes, and a short video while we were there. The kids enjoyed it a lot. There is an excellent gift shop, and a coffee...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If I'd visited here on my own I would have given it a 5 star rating. I thought the kaleidoscopes were fascinating and could easily have spent an hour or more here. However, I persuaded my boyfriend and teenage daughter to come with me and...More

Thank 1066cariad
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only had short time in the morning before catching our train to Tokyo so this small museum was perfect. Kids absolutely loved it. Lots of different types of kaleidoscopes with fascinating colors and patterns. Unfortunately, no English translation (or tour), even tho the employees...More

Thank Selma C
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Perfect place for a break from the temples! Small (1 room) but lots of Kaleidoscopes to look at/through with very colourful "animations" to look at. We (as adults) and our 6 and 7 year olds enjoyed spending a quiet hour there. There is quite a...More

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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

It was really cool seeing so many different kaleidoscopes and what joy quite simple things can give you. It’s a very small museum, but it takes quite some time to go through it all. A very good rainy day activity! I just wish it wasn’t...More

1  Thank Magnusardottir
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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

We got into Kyoto in the late afternoon and had some time before dinner when we found this place. All the kaleidoscopes are displayed in one room. Some are antique and others are new. It was very entertaining for our short window of opportunity.

Thank KarenJGregory
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

I was truly amazed. The Kaleidoscope museum is a small gem. It does not take much room to display a Kaleidoscope, but the worlds you encounter are much bigger than the physical space. Wonderful and impressive. This has nothing to do with the cheap Kaleidoscopes...More

1  Thank Thomas N
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

A very nice place to see a very diverse and interesting array of kaleidoscopes. There is also a workshop corner for making one's own. Photographs were not allowed in the museum (a pity, in my opinion!)

1  Thank Cielowatcher
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

Only one small room but many beautiful kaleidoscopes to look through. As some are quite delicate, bags must be put in a locker. Photos not allowed. Small cafe & shop. Well worth Y300.

1  Thank IslandMichele007
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

This kaleidoscope museum was darling. It's small but really cute & the kaleidoscopes are so beautiful. The gift shop was great too. I bought a few kaleidoscopes for my collection... I'm definitely planning to visit some of the other kaleidoscope museums in Japan.

1  Thank Cnossia
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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
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