If you are a fan of Japanese comics and would like to spend your precious day away from the metro buzz and urban stress, then you should probably spend your day in Kyoto International Manga Museum.
Kyoto International Manga Museum
Kyoto International Manga Museum is one of the best finds for a certified manga fanatic. It houses approximately 300, 000 of manga and comic books from the old times until the most recent ones. This museum’s magnificent collection of comics and manga-related exhibits will make you forward to visit here as soon as possible. It does not only contain Japanese comics but also offers wide choices of comic magazines from other countries. And you can read all the books that you can!
In this museum, you can surely read loads and loads of manga books at your own leisure and at your own pace. Visitors can choose and read any comic they like from the towering bookcases that line the hallways and walls of the museum.
What’s more interesting is that visitors can read as comfy and freely as possible on the artificial lawn in the museum’s garden. Moreover, visitors can read by squatting on the floor or even leaning on the walls. And if you want to read with a cup of coffee, there is an available outdoor café in the museum perfect for your needs.
Aside from the wide-array of recent and classic reads, the museum also held workshops about manga drawing or storytelling. In addition to that, such events as cosplaying also takes place inside the museum.
Kyoto International Manga Museum (Kyōto Kokusai Manga Museum) actually started as a primary school. When it was closed, it was renovated into a museum. In fact, there are some relics of the former school that are displayed for the visitors.This museum is a joint project of Kyoto City and Kyoto Seika University. Currently, it serves as the main research center of the Kyoto Seika University. It opened on November, 2006.
Kyoto International Manga Museum is open from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM, but last admission is until 5:30 PM only).
Note: They are usually closed during Wednesdays for maintenance purposes.
For adults – 800 yen
For Junior and Senior High School students – 300 yen
For Elementary School students – 100 yen
HOW TO GET THERE?
From main city, Tokyo, take the railways from Tokyo station to Kyoto Station. The trip would be around 2 hours and 30 minutes. From the Karasuma Oike Station, you can take a 3-minute walk from there to get into exact location of the museum. The Karasuma Oike station connects with the other subway line – the Tozai Line (which means East-West).
Main Address: Karasume Oike, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
REVIEWS AND FEEDBACKS
Kyoto International Manga Museum has been around for a good amount of time now. From humble beginnings, it has now reach a solid number of visitors every year.
Visitors are, of course, mostly fans of manga and comics. A lot of visitors would describe it as “perfect to discover manga edition and manga history”. Certainly, this place contains a lot of books that covers about how manga has evolved in history. Most reviews noted how precise the place for family with children and teens. Although, there’s nothing more really left to do except to deep your nose into reading all the books you can get your hands into. It can be a great way to develop interest of children in comic reading and the likes.