An ancient city dating back over 1200 years, Kyoto is the cultural center of Japan.
Owing to Kyoto's central place in Japanese history, it has given birth to numerous arts and culture over the years, and is thus home to a large number of art museums and other museums.
When sightseeing in Kyoto it is likely that you will pay a visit to the city's famous temples and shrines, but Kyoto has much more to offer. Any trip to Kyoto should not be without a visit to the city's art spots such as its art museums and other museums.
Some art museums are based in important cultural property-designated Japanese houses as well as historical buildings, so please be sure to give them a visit.
This website introduces Kyoto's main art museums and other museums. We hope that it will in some small way contribute to you making an enjoyable and memorable trip to Kyoto.
Many of the facilities based in traditional Japanese houses have tatami and wooden-boarded floors. In such places, please take off your shoes and enter the building wearing your socks. Refrain from entering the facility in your bare feet. This is to avoid any sweat or oily skin secretions on the underside of your feet deteriorating the tatami or soiling the wooden floor.
Please bring some socks in your bag if you are wearing sandals with bare feet. Taking off your sandals at the entrance to change into socks is fine. If you are wearing stockings, be sure to wear socks over them when entering the building.
(The above rules also apply to general Japanese homes. The Japanese sometimes relax at home in tatami rooms with bear feet, but this is never done when visiting someone else's home.)