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Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan

#113 of 1,074 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 9-1 Okazakiseishojicho, Sakyo-ku | B1F Miyakomesse, Kyoto 606-8343, Kyoto Prefecture
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Encounter the beauty and technique of Kyoto traditional crafts

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Encounter the beauty and technique of Kyoto traditional crafts

We feature the history, processes etc.of each of the 74 kinds of traditional crafts, which have conveyed the history and culture of Kyoto with products and videos.

Kyoto, the old capital, was established in 794 as Heian-kyo, and developed as the center of politics, culture and industry. Throughout history, Kyoto has kept taking in new ideas, while at the same time keeping the old ones, and has created various kinds of crafts by utilizing the advantage of a sophisticated design sense coupled with an advanced local economy.

The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts is the place where many people discover the industry and culture of Kyoto as well as being introduced to the beauty and technique that have been inherited here.

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One of the Best Museums in Kyoto

Spend an hour or two appreciating fine examples of traditional Japanese crafts and learn about the processes behind making everything from kimono fabrics to kyoto-style roof... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2017
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Ikoma, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a multi floor small gift shop. We were expecting many crafts and it was much less than we anticipated. They have some craft items that you can participate in. It has a nice collection of Japanese armor and swords and small places to purchase wood block, textiles and inlaid gold silver lacquered pieces (up to $20,000).

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

Spend an hour or two appreciating fine examples of traditional Japanese crafts and learn about the processes behind making everything from kimono fabrics to kyoto-style roof tiles, woodblock prints, pottery, and lacquerware. The museum is free to the public, but if you want to spend some of your yen there's a nice shop with a range of mostly handcrafted items... More 

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Fureaikan, General Director at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, responded to this review

Dear DKBKK-san, Thank you for your visit and comment for our museum. We are really excited to know you thought our museum was one of the best in Kyoto! Our museum is not well known but your comment will encourage the visitors to Kyoto. Once again, we appreciate for your kind comment. We all hope to see you again here... More 

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Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We were just going to pass by the museum on our way to the temples but we ended up staying for a couple of hours! Really interesting displays showing and explaining different Japanese arts and crafts and you even get the opportunity to see the craftsmen and women at work. We we able to participate in stencilling and fabric painting... More 

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Fureaikan, General Director at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, responded to this review

Dear jenkle89-san, Thank you for your visit and warm comment for our museum. We are very happy to know you enjoyed the experience here. Actually, this museum is not well known to visitors. Your comment will encourage the Kyoto visitors much for enjoying the crafts world of Kyoto. Once again, thank you for your visit. We are looking forward to... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

This is an excellent museum. It is not very big but there are many displays with information written in English and Japanese. When we visited several artisans were working and it was fascinating to watch them. The gift shop sells everything made there. Things are good quality, reasonable priced and the ladies working there were wonderful, patient and very helpful.... More 

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Fureaikan, General Director at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, responded to this review

Dear WheelzUpGal-san, Thank you for your visit & warm comment! We are very happy to know you enjoyed our museum. Craftsmen also enjoy to communicate with the visitors, too. Your comment helps us much to promote our museum! Once again, we appreciate for your visit. We hope to see you at our museum iagain n the near future. More 

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Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

It's nice to see the Maiko show free Suppose you know the word " Maiko " in stead of geisha. I need more time for artisans works ... Would be back again!

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Fureaikan, General Director at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, responded to this review

Dear Kyoto T-san, Thank you for your visit and comment for our museum. Now we have both Monthly Maiko performance and Geiko performance(on different day). Please check our website and visit us again! We are looking forward to seeing you again in near future. More 

Bendigo, Australia
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

I went along to a screen making workshop today and was thoroughly impressed by the tutor and English translator & it only cost Y1,300! A bargain and I've now got a one of a kind souvenir. There was also a performance by a local Maiko, these are held every third Saturday of the month & it is also translated into... More 

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Fureaikan, General Director at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, responded to this review

Dear Naomi F-san, Thank you for visiting our museum and your warm comment! We are very happy to learn you enjoyed the experience very much. The Screen making workshop you tried was very special one. But most participants liked that! We will do our best to improve our museum more & more. Once again, we appreciate for your visit! We... More 

Perth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Visited it as part of our honeymoon adventure in Japan. Absolutely fantastic exhibition of all the traditional crafts. Information in English is very basic for my liking, but people are very friendly and will help out with questions. There are demonstrations of some crafts which were interesting. I could have spent my whole day in there, especially when we sat... More 

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Fureaikan, General Director at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, responded to this review

Dear moushmoula-san, Thank you for visiting our museum and your warm comment! We are very happy to find you enjoyed our museum. As you pointed out, some visitors spend several hours at our museum. I supporse they love the relaxing and calm atmosphere,surrounded by lots of fine crafts. Your comment encouraged us very much and would encourage many people trying... More 

Everett, Washington
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

The museum shows process and result of numerous traditional Japanese crafts. We enjoyed the explanations and seeing step by step how they were made. We only wish more was in English. The day we visited there were no demonstrations, but several videos were interesting to watch. Unfortunately, no seats so standing became tedious. The museum has a large shop. Prices... More 

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Fureaikan, General Director at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, responded to this review

Dear 828TJA-san, Thank you for visiting our museum and your comment. We are very happy to know you and your group enjoyed the world of traditional crafts. As for some exhibited items with price tags, they are purchasable but at the same time they might show the rough standard as you pointed out. The demonstration by craftsmen is also our... More 

Wisconsin
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

Nice collections of samples of lots of different kinds of crafts - dying, weaving, doll making, metal work - with quite interesting videos of a good variety of them to give you a sense of how it is done and the intricacy of it, plus some historical changes. There were a couple of craftsman working there as well, happy for... More 

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Fureaikan, General director at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, responded to this review

Dear bizbo98-san, Thank you for your visit. And your warm comment boosts our motivation! I believe our museum is one of a perfect spot for craft lovers or those who are intersted in Japanese tradition and culture. As you pointed out, our museum is in the neighbor of Heian Jingu shrine. Visitors might find same items at Heian Jingu shrine... More 

California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2016

I was really disappointed in this museum. The majority of the items displayed are for sale, which means this place is actually a retail establishment. As someone who has spent a lot of time in Japan, I didn't find much of interest here.

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Fureaikan, General Director at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, responded to this review

Dear koberikku-san, Thank you for your visit and comment! We are disappointed to know our museum really disappointed you. The price shown at some items does not mean our museum is a retail shop. We just wanted to say, "They are purchasable if you like". But we sincerely accept your opinion. Once again, we appreciate your comment. More 

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