If you love Japanese pop culture, you will love the Kyoto International Manga Museum! Manga is, of course, the Japanese word for comics and an international word for the Japanese style of comic.
The museum opened in 2006 and it is not small! There are three floors plus a basement filled with over 50,000 volumes of manga. There is a gallery zone, a research zone and a collection zone. Many of the volumes in the collection are quite rare and as old as from the 19th century. You can sit down and read many of the manga if you like. If you can't read Japanese, there are English versions of some comics - just ask the friendly staff to show you where they are.
The museum hosts exhibitions from time to time on themes such as cosplay (dressing up as manga characters), manga cooking, the history of manga and more. In short, the Manga Museum is quite impressive, regardless of whether you like Manga or not!
- Sun – Tue / Thur – Sat: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm; Closed on Wednesdays
- +81 75-254-7414
- Karasuma-Oike, Nagakyo-Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 604-0846 Japan.
- 2 min walk from the Karasuma-Oike Subway Station; From Kyoto Station: Take the Karasuma Line to Karasuma-Oike Station.