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“Small place but lots of examples”

Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto
Ranked #167 of 1,355 things to do in Kyoto
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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 were trying their best to help the kids use and test every single model available. No photos allowed inside, except for one model where you can "self-create" patterns using mirrors and your face/body.

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 lot of unsuspected possibilities in the world of Kaleidoscope!!!! Recommended for the whole family!

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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 all no photos, but that it had a zone where you could take some pictures of the amazing patterns.

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 you can sometimes get in a supermarket, but more with an Art form.

1  Thank Thomas N
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