Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

Art & Leisure


In the Edo period, kimono wearers stored their keepsakes inside small containers that hung from the waist, known as netsuke. What started as a purely practical object later evolved into an artform, as craftsmen fashioned intricate miniature sculptures from ivory, bull horns, ceramics and metals. The Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum, housed in the city's only surviving samurai residence, has a total of 2,500 such sculptures in its collection, around 400 of which go on display in each of its special exhibitions. Note that the museum is only open for five months each year, so it's worth checking the website before visiting.


46-1 Mibukayogosho-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto

Transport City Bus #26 or #28 to Mibudera-michi stop; 10 mins from Omiya Station (Hankyu Kyoto line), Shijo Omiya Station (Randen Arashiyama line)

Open Feb, Apr, Jul, Sep, Nov daily 10am-5pm / Closed Jan, Mar, May, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec


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


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