The Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design (formerly Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts or Fureaikan) is a small free museum that showcases the main traditional crafts of Kyoto. It’s a great rainy day activity.
Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design (formerly Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts or Fureaikan) in Northern Higashiyama – image © Chris Rowthorn
The Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design is a great place to learn about Kyoto’s incredible traditional crafts. All the main industries are featured here: lacquerware, textiles, woodworking, metalwork, basketry etc. It’s free to enter and very close to the other major sights of the Okazaki Museum District, such as the Heian-jingu shrine, so it’s easy to drop by here and have a quick look.
It’s located in the Miyako Messe building, which is just northwest of the National Museum of Modern Art. It’s a large grey building. Go in and take the escalator to the basement and then look for the sign on your right.
B1F Miyakomesse, 9-1 Okazaki-Seishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku
Non-smoking area: Yes
3min walk from Okazakikoen Bijutsukan Heianjingu-mae Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 5 or 100 from Kyoto Station
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Website: Official website (English)
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Near To Here:
The Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design is located in Kyoto’s Northern Higashiyama district. See our complete list of things to do in Northern Higashiyama, including places to eat, nightlife and places to stay.
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