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Kyoto International Manga Museum

The first comprehensive manga cultural facility in Japan was created through government-academia collaboration. Of the approximately 300,000 items in the collection, 50,000 manga are freely available for viewing.

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Japan's first comprehensive manga cultural facility opened in 2006 as a joint project between Kyoto Seika University and Kyoto City, which established Japan's first manga department. It is operated as a facility with both museum and library functions to collect, store, and release materials related to manga, which is now attracting attention from around the world, conducting cultural research, and holding exhibitions and events based on these materials.

The collection includes more than 300,000 manga materials, ranging from caricature ukiyo-e from the Edo period, magazines from the Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa periods, postwar rental books, current famous works, and works from overseas. Of these, about 50,000 manga books, mainly those published since the 1970s, are displayed on the "Manga no Kabe/ Wall of Manga" bookshelves from the first to third floors of the museum and can be freely picked up and browsed. Each floor is equipped with a touch-panel type search machine. You can easily search for the manga you want to read from a considerable number of titles.

There are also events such as talk shows and lectures by manga artists and manga researchers, live drawing where manga artists themselves show their work on the spot, and cosplay exchange events. Through a wide variety of events, the museum provides a way to enjoy manga that goes beyond just reading.

The retro building is a renovated former Tatsuike Elementary School building built in the early Showa period (1926-1989). The open-air space with artificial grass all over the schoolyard is also a big attraction. There is also a museum store and cafe so that you can enjoy the whole day.

Highlights

  • 50,000 manga are available for reading.
  • A variety of events and workshops.
  • A retro space in a former elementary school building.
  • You can also read manga in the open-air space.

Photos

  • The "Manga no Kabe/ Wall of Manga" with 50,000 manga books
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    The "Manga no Kabe/ Wall of Manga" with 50,000 manga books Photo provider: Kyoto International Manga Museum

  • The main gallery on the second floor of the museum
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    The main gallery on the second floor of the museum Photo provider: Kyoto International Manga Museum

  • Workshop (Manga Assistant Experience)
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    Workshop (Manga Assistant Experience) Photo provider: Kyoto International Manga Museum

  • Hi no tori (Phoenix) object on the atrium wall
©Tezuka Productions
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    Hi no tori (Phoenix) object on the atrium wall ©Tezuka Productions Photo provider: Kyoto International Manga Museum

  • You can read comics outdoors when the weather is nice.
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    You can read comics outdoors when the weather is nice. Photo provider: Kyoto International Manga Museum

Reviews

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  • Robert Chen

    喜愛漫畫的朋友,可以前來朝聖一下。

Details

Name in Japanese
京都国際マンガミュージアム
Postal Code
604-0846
Address
Karasuma-Oike, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Tel
075-254-7414
Closed
Wednesdays (or the following day if it is a national holiday), year-end and New Year holidays, and during maintenance periods
Business Hours
10:30am - 5:00pm(Admission allowed until 4:30pm)
Admission fee
Adults 1,200 yen, Junior high and high school students 400 yen, Elementary school students 200 yen
Directions
1) 2 minute walk from exit 2 of Karasuma Oike station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma and Tozai lines.
2) Take Kyoto City Bus No. 15, 51, or 65 and get off at Karasuma Oike Station.
Credit card
Accepted only at the store
Official Website
Official Website (English)