About the Kyoto International Manga Museum / Admission fees / Use of museum facilities / About the collection / About the Research Reference Room /
About the Portrait Corner, Workshops, Manga Studio and Kamishibai / About parking and public transport access
About the Kyoto International Manga Museum
The museum is housed in the Showa era building of a former elementary school, preserving its historical appearance.
The museum's collection consists of approximately 300,000 items incorporating historical materials such as caricatures from the Mid-Edo period, magazines from the Meiji period, and post-war rental books, as well as current popular works and publications from abroad.
50,000 volumes of manga from the collection are shelved throughout the museum on the Wall of Manga, bookshelves spanning roughly 200 meters in total, readily available for visitors to read onsite.
There is also a shop and café within the museum grounds, and on fair weather days visitors can read manga while basking on the lawn.
In the main gallery is the permanent exhibition, which explores the question of 'What is Manga?' so as gain a sense of understanding of manga from various field, including history and society, to industry, and so on.
In addition, the adjacent gallery spaces periodically exhibit themed exhibitions that showcase original artwork from manga and anime, as well as manga related materials.
For information on other permanent exhibits in the museum please visit the Permanent Exhibitions and SEE.
Shonen (boys') manga are on the 1st floor, shojo (girls') manga are on the 2nd, and seinen (men's) manga are on the 3rd floor. All manga are shelved by author's name in the order of the Japanese syllabary.
Please read the READ for more information.
Each day there are regularly scheduled performances of Kamishibai (picture story shows), a type of street entertainment from a nostalgic former time. This event is popular with young and old alike, and people from all countries.
Please read the LISTEN for more information.
|Adult||High and Junior High School Students||Elementary School Students|
|Individual||800 yen||300 yen||100 yen|
|640 yen||240 yen||80 yen|
For details please refer to the Hours & Fees page.
Use of museum facilities
In addition, you can access to the translated manga books in multiple languages at the Manga Expo Corner on the 1st floor.
You can also view the permanent exhibition and our temporary exhibitions held throughout the year.
Other activities include viewing Kamishibai (picture story show) performances and MM Workshop, and taking part in the regular weekend and public holiday activity corners, Portrait Corner, and Manga Studio.
Visitors who wish to view the exhibitions, read manga, or participate in each activity corner should schedule plenty of time to view the museum at their leisure.
We also invite families to enjoy having their portrait drawn as a souvenir of their visit, and see a Kamishibai (picture story show) performance.
There are some locations where you can take photos, such as the in front of the Phoenix statue. Please ask a member of staff for details.
About the collection
After you have finished reading please return the book to its original location.
Patrons who wish to use closed-stack materials should visit the Research Reference Room for further details.
You can search the museum's collection, including books shelved on the Wall of Manga, by clicking on the collection materials search button.
Be aware that this includes closed-stack materials, and that manga titles and artists' names have generally been input in Japanese.
For the location of manga shelved on the open-stack bookcases please ask a member of staff.
About the Research Reference Room
Patrons who wish to use the Reference Room should visit the for further details.
About the Portrait Corner, Workshops, Manga Studio and Kamishibai
An additional 1,000 yen per person will apply on top of the regular price.
Please bring 2 or 3 photos which show the person's face clearly.
Please contact the museum by phone or email.
A booking will be made after confirmation of your details.
About parking and public transport access
Depending on the available space, it may be difficult to park large bikes.
The museum is a 2 minute walk from exit number 2. There is a guidance map near exit number 2 for your reference.