Kyoto International Manga Museum

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Kyoto International Manga Museum
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Kyoto International Manga Museum opened its doors on November, 2006, as a joint venture between the city of Kyoto and Kyoto Seika University’s Faculty of Manga. It is the first comprehensive cultural facility in Japan that combines the functions of manga museum and library. The building it is based in is a re-purpose elementary school that was built in the early Showa era. The museum holds over 300,000 manga materials, ranging from foreign to historic manga. About 50,000 of these are accessible to visitors on book shelves that run throughout the entire museum, from the first floor to the third, the “Wall of Manga.”Near the entrance of the museum, there is a "Manga Expo" corner, where about 5,000 manga translated into languages other than Japanese and foreign comics are exhibited. In the main gallery, we answer the question "What is Manga?" in our permanent exhibition, which explains the systematic and historical aspects of the manga industry. In addition, we have some events.
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  • Andy R
    Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seriously Manga
    Set up in a repurposed high school in Kyoto, this is one Serious collection of Msnga! Three floors of Manga as a library where there are several places to hang out and read Manga with like minded individuals, in comfy rooms inside or even outside within the old school grounds in the sun. Even if you’re not in the mood for reading you can browse an exhibition of influential Manga works or get in on a lecture! The museum has even turned my partner onto Manga! There is also opportunities to create your own Characters and pin onto a wall or get a Manga style caricature by a talented resident artist! Don’t forget to check out the gift shop for some awesome mang-chendise and the cafe for a snack and view the artists sketches that adorn the walls!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Martina1888
    Inverness, United Kingdom507 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Manga Museum
    As other reviewers have pointed out, this feels more like a library than a museum. There's a small permanent exhibition about the history of manga and some changing exhibitions. The rest is basically just a building full of manga. You can read outside on the lawn or on the countless chairs inside the museum. The selection of translated works is tiny, especially compared to the Japanese ones. I still found it worthwhile and spent time reading and strolling through the exhibitions.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Laura G
    Saint Paul, Minnesota7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique and wonderful museum experience
    Great visit! This is a wonderful stop if you have anyone in your party who is remotely interested in Manga. We spent 1-2 hours there, worth the entrance fee. We all learned great, factual information. Not a huge museum, but able to read manga from multiple time periods. Lovely shop as well. Great for a variety of ages.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 March 2024
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Laura G
Saint Paul, MN7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great visit! This is a wonderful stop if you have anyone in your party who is remotely interested in Manga. We spent 1-2 hours there, worth the entrance fee. We all learned great, factual information. Not a huge museum, but able to read manga from multiple time periods. Lovely shop as well. Great for a variety of ages.
Written 26 March 2024
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Ryan M
Belfast, UK53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Visited here to see what it has to offer. The answer is loads of extensive manga books, with a few unique exhibits to see too! It was more book related than anything so visit when you want to chill and read a bit during your visit.
Written 22 March 2024
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK507 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
As other reviewers have pointed out, this feels more like a library than a museum. There's a small permanent exhibition about the history of manga and some changing exhibitions. The rest is basically just a building full of manga. You can read outside on the lawn or on the countless chairs inside the museum. The selection of translated works is tiny, especially compared to the Japanese ones. I still found it worthwhile and spent time reading and strolling through the exhibitions.
Written 29 October 2023
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Andy R
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Set up in a repurposed high school in Kyoto, this is one Serious collection of Msnga!
Three floors of Manga as a library where there are several places to hang out and read Manga with like minded individuals, in comfy rooms inside or even outside within the old school grounds in the sun. Even if you’re not in the mood for reading you can browse an exhibition of influential Manga works or get in on a lecture! The museum has even turned my partner onto Manga! There is also opportunities to create your own Characters and pin onto a wall or get a Manga style caricature by a talented resident artist! Don’t forget to check out the gift shop for some awesome mang-chendise and the cafe for a snack and view the artists sketches that adorn the walls!
Written 27 September 2023
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Ronin-Kris
Ghent, Belgium22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
You can not really call this a museum. Most of it is like a library so if your Japanese is good you can sit here and read all day. There is a small exhibit about “what is manga” and now there was an exhibition about Murakami.
Written 11 July 2023
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TeacherEating
Philadelphia, PA237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
If your kid is 12 or older, I would say let them go in alone. Kids who like Manga will appreciate this museum; for the rest of us, it's not of interest. I concur w another review that says sit in cafe and have another cuppa.

The walls are lined w manga in its original language. There is a "walk" of manga posters throughout history but posters posted on the ceiling... I guess so people cannot ruin them. There are pics on the walls and a few glass displays w 3-5inch manga figurines. My son found the museum interesting but I did not.
Written 25 June 2023
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Curious58575012244
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
This is a museum just for manga, a must for lovers of manga and subcultures.
As long as you pay the admission fee, you can immerse yourself in the world of manga all day long.
The museum has a collection of about 50,000 volumes. The collection is divided into three genres: boys' manga, youth's manga, and girls' manga.
On sunny days, lounging on the lawn while reading manga is a great way to pass the time.
Workshops, exhibitions, and cosplay events are also held here, making it a facility where visitors can enjoy not only reading but also socializing.
Written 1 June 2023
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clemens495
Tiny, Canada43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
If you have teens into manga and i mean into manga - then its defintely worth a stop, but plan for hours. walls lined with manga books starting in 1912 to present, gives history of Managa, there's 3 floors ( one being research area) there is a cafe to purchase drinks/meal but cannot take inside the museum. There is also a small gift shop where you can purchase manga gifts/books
Written 21 April 2023
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Madeleine N
Singapore13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
My son and daughter like Manga so we thought just let them both go in on their own so as to save 2 entrance fee. They found it interesting but were more interested in the museum gift shop. There's a cafe just at the entrance/exit area so parents can have a coffee there while waiting.
Written 1 January 2023
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AraleMelbourne
Melbourne, Australia427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This isn't strictly a museum but a library of manga books. There is a section of manga in English, German, Italian, Polish, Chinese etc. Each language has different books available. My son spent 3 hours reading different English manga and enjoyed himself. There is also a demonstration of how to draw manga available. An inexpensive entertainment for those who love manga.
Written 20 January 2020
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