From its Japanese origins manga has become a fixture of mainstream culture and has captured a broad international fan base. For lovers of manga or even those with just a casual interest, the Kyoto International Manga Museum is the place to go. Established on the site of a former school building, the museum has amassed an extensive collection of over 300,000 manga of which 50,000 line the walls in every direction manga which line the walls in every direction.
Even better is the fact that visitors can freely read any manga that catches their interest. And although the vast majority of manga is in Japanese, including modern and historic material, there is an ever-growing body of foreign and translated manga for international visitors to enjoy.
Additionally, there are also displays charting the evolution of manga, demonstrations on how to draw manga and even the occasional kamishibai, paper drama storytelling, in which a performer tells a story accompanied by a paper scroll with scenes to illustrate the story.
By public transportation:
From Kyoto Station, take the Kyoto City Subway, the Karasuma Line or the Tozai Line to Karasuma Oike Station. The museum is a short walk from the station.
Hours: 10:00～18:00 (last admission is 17:30)
Admission: 800 yen
Address: Karasuma Oike, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Airport: Kansai Airport
Wednesdays and the year-end through the New Year period, as well as maintenance periods