Costume Museum


Museums & Sights


This museum is like a vast doll’s house, built with a staggering eye for detail. Palm-sized dolls dressed in period costume recreate scenes from Japanese history, often with reference to The Tale of Genji, the thousand-year-old story of imperial courtships. The displays are created by tailors to Kyoto’s monks, priests and nuns. Every six months, they unveil a new scene, scrupulously crafted with details of the era. Visitors can don costumes and pose for pictures.

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009


5F Izutsu Building, Shinhanaya-cho Dori, Horikawa Higashi-iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto

Transport Kyoto Station (JR, Karasuma, Kintetsu lines).

Telephone 075 342 5345

Open 9am-5pm mon-sat.

Admission Admission ¥400.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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