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Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto

706-3 Dongeinmaecho Ayakoji, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8184, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-254-7902
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An oasis of calm and delight

This quirky little museum is a few minutes' walk from the Manga Museum. My husband and daughters... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2017
Emma B
Cambridge, United Kingdom
via mobile
So much fun with the kids

A very quirky place! My kids loved it and it was a respite from all the temples we've been dragging... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2016
Rita C
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“small fee” (2 reviews)
706-3 Dongeinmaecho Ayakoji, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8184, Kyoto Prefecture
City Center
+81 75-254-7902
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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

This quirky little museum is a few minutes' walk from the Manga Museum. My husband and daughters were initially sceptical at the idea of a kaleidoscope museum, but we all had a great time here. The staff were friendly and helpful, showing us how to...More

Thank Emma B
Reviewed 25 November 2016

A very quirky place! My kids loved it and it was a respite from all the temples we've been dragging them to. The best part is making your own kaleidoscopes afterwards for an extra small fee. There were also kaleidoscope kits you can buy as...More

2  Thank Rita C
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This definitely isn't the top attraction in Kyoto but it was really neat and cheap (300 yen entry) and the artwork here on the kaleidoscopes is incredible. There's even a kaleidoscope shaped like a geisha! The staff is very friendly and they obviously love the...More

Thank Kim N
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

It's a tiny little museum with just one room with different types of kaleidoscopes. The entry fee is only 300 yen. There are a lot of strange and wonderful kaleidoscopes with a card beside them that explains (in English) how to use them. The staff...More

Thank Laurel F
Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Just a room with lots of kaleidoscopes but there were some truly amazing ones there. Fun and unique way to spend 30min. Staff were lovely, we arrived after 5pm (the last light projection show) but they played it again especially for us. We came directly...More

Thank jaaaaaaam
Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

I had a great time here! I enjoyed interacting with the different kaleidoscopes and the people in the room. The assistants were very helpful and even gavme an English card to explain the short light show. I really liked the fact that you can make...More

Thank Karlene B
Reviewed 18 August 2015

The Kaleidoscope Museum is small but has a pretty impressive range. There's also a funny little interlude once an hour when they turn off the lights and project a short kaleidoscope show on the walls. Not an unpleasant way to escape the rain or heat...More

1  Thank IamKP
Reviewed 16 July 2015

The museum itself is quite small, about the size of a double garage, but is packed full of these wonderful gadgets which my 8-year-old and I found mesmerising. I previously thought that kaleidoscopes were just tubes of mirrors and beads that you turned around. These...More

Thank Rowrowrowyerboat
Reviewed 1 July 2015

This is a small museum with eye popping kaleidoscopes. I love kaleidoscopes and have made a couple, these were extradinary, large and small and we could see all of them. There was also a short film, in Japanese so wee could only guess what was...More

Thank MDJ334
Reviewed 13 June 2015

We had a little time to kill before our flight so decided to go here based on good reviews on Trip Advisor. It's very easy to find a few blocks away from the subway station. The fee to get in is small but be aware...More

Thank TravellingOrange
City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its
blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered
shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street
bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to
peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home
goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center
is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and
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