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Kyoto Manga Museum Review

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Kyoto International Manga Museum

Obviously the heaven for the Manga lover.
Manga lover must visit this place.
You can observe the history of Manga and hand-scripted Manga of the renown artist.
Must visit once.

Very neat place. Worth a visit, lots of good history and English explanations. Cheap to get in too! Majority of the books are in Japanese but they do have a small foreign language section on the first floor. I wish the gift shop had a little more brand related merchandise…but it wasn’t horrible.

It’s more of a library than a museum. The history is nice to read about but very minimum compared to all the Japanese manga and people sitting everywhere reading. Also there aren’t lots of English books, which is fine but for me the International in the name doesn’t make sense cause most books are in Japanese. It’s nice to go if you’re a fan and it’s raining but not worth the ¥800 if you’re not. I expected more. I did like seeing some artists at work and the possibility to get yourself a manga drawing of yourself (based on appointment)

A lot of fun if you’re a manga lover. Really interesting to see the history and creation of manga and the collection here is outstanding. Understandably, the vast collection is in Japanese, but the exhibits are in English.
Currently there’s an exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of BIG manga as well, which was interesting to see and read through.

If your a manga fan this is a must stop. I couldn’t take photos of the vast collection of manga comic books but trust me there is lots. The best thing is tou can read them. There are loads of people including alot of kids sitting quietly doing just that. Foreign manga which includes English versions are just past the check in counter. Theres also a decent gift store. Prices are a little steep though.

This place is a national treasure. Give yourself at LEAST two hours to peruse the while facility because there is a lot to see. 😍 If you go on the weekend, you can get a manga “caricature” done of you by a professional. Talk about once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! The outside grounds are also lovely and they allow and encourage you to read any manga from their collection wherever your heart desires. I gotta come back here again!

Fascinating museum with thousands of manga books on shelves and accessible to all. Located in an old school building with a outside reading area and cafe. It has a great shop, a lovely cafe, and is a place where many just come to read and chill out. I loved it.

Loved it! An absolute must visit if you appreciate anime or manga. There are several exhibits, my favorite being the live manga creation and the portrait corner – where you can get your portrait made as an anime character!

There are few translated manga – but in several languages. I was surprised to see a lot of Japanese people completely lost while reading the manga.

Beautiful display of Manga history as well as how Manga has developed beyond Japan speaking areas.
Millions of comic books in the Manga wall that you can take and read. Small gallery with beautiful manga art is also nice to explore.
For kids also some interactive courses and few artists who can draw your personal manga.

Gift Shop

kyoto manga museum gift shop

There is a huge line up of goods in the museum shop right next to the entrance! The impressive array of goods includes our mascot character MAMYU and items exclusive to the museum shop. We even stock rare translated manga and manga research books, as well as limited edition event goods. Please browse our store for your favorite item as a souvenir or memento of your visit.

Portrait Drawing Service

kyoto manga museum portrait

Manga History & Database

Entrance Fee

kyoto manga museum entrance fee

Buy Museum Tickets

Opening Hours

10:30~17:30(admission until 17:00)


Tuseday and Wednesday(Closed the next day if it is a national holiday)
*There may be changes to the museum opening and closing times without notice. Please contact us in advance.

Opening Times Calendar

Admission FeesAdults
(over19)High and Junior High School Students
(13-18years)Elementary School Students
(6-12years)Individuals900yen400yen200yenGroup Discount (20 people or more) Other discounts720yen320yen160yen

Discount for these card holders

If you have any of the following items, you can enter at a 20% discount. Show them to the reception staff when you buy the ticket.

Yearly Passport

(over19)High and Junior High School Students
(13-18years)Elementary School Students

How to get to Kyoto International manga museum?

How To Get There


Karasuma-Oike, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0846 Japan

TEL:+81 75-254-7414


Address to put in your car navigation!


Kinbuki cho 452, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto city

There is no parking space, Please make use of nearby coin metered parking lots.





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Kyoto Manga Museum Cafe

Take a look at the illustrations by manga artists on the walls!

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Certain visitors to the cafe are allowed to draw on the walls it seems!

Since the opening in 1971, Maeda Coffee has been loved by Kyoto locals for more than 5 decades. You can enjoy variety of breakfasts, lunch, sweets and collaboration menus for the exhibitions etc. at the Manga Museum shop. Please spend quality time having flavorful coffee and meals being surrounded by the illustrations and autographs drawn on the wall.

  • Open10:00~18:00
    last order 17:30
  • ClosedDays the museum is closed


What’s the difference between Manga and Anime?

Manga are Japanese comic books or graphic novels (think ‘M’ for Magazine), while anime are Japanese animated films or TV shows (Anime short for Animation).

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