Kyoto National Museum
The sheer number of Buddhist images at this temple make it among the more interesting and visually arresting sights in Kyoto. It makes a...
Kawai Kanjirō Memorial Hall
This small memorial hall is one of Kyoto’s most commonly overlooked little gems; it’s worth a look, though, especially if you have an...
An important Buddhist pilgrimage stop, this temple was founded in 963 by Kūya Shōnin, who carved an image of an 11-headed Kannon and...
We love this cosy and cool underground retreat below the Hyatt Regency Kyoto, one of Kyoto's best hotels. It's worth a visit just to...
This organic vegetarian restaurant serves a sublime vegetarian obanzai (Kyoto home-style cooking) set. The post-and-beam construction...
Lonely Planet review
The Kyoto National Museum is housed in two buildings opposite Sanjūsangen-dō temple. It was founded in 1895 as an imperial repository for art and treasures from local temples and shrines. There are 17 rooms with displays of over a thousand artworks, historical artefacts and handicrafts. The permanent collection is excellent but somewhat poorly displayed; unless you have a particular interest in Japanese traditional arts, we recommend visiting this museum only when a special exhibition is on (admission extra). Note that the museum is presently undergoing a partial reconstruction; you can still enter the museum but construction will be going on until late 2013.