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[Facility] Ryukoku Museum

[Hours] 10:00 -17:00 (entry by 16:30 )
[Hols] Mon (next day if Nat Hol), may close for exhibition preparation (see museum homepage for details)

  • Universal (Wheelchair Friendly) Toilets
  • Guide Dogs
  • Wheelchair Parking Spaces
  • Audio Guidance, Braille
Ryukoku Museum

Ryukoku Museum

Standing right next to Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple, this museum was opened by Ryukoku University (founded some 370 years ago) with the aim of deepening understanding of and enabling research of Buddhist culture. The museum displays a permanent exhibition of Buddha from his birth to the time Buddhism reached Japan. And, the museum also holds special exhibitions several times a year. On the second floor, the museum has digitally reproduced in full size one of the caves from the Bezeklik Cave Temples in Turpan, China. Although built with a modern exterior, the museum exudes the mood of Kyoto with ceramic louvers giving a sense of rattan blinds and, with a south-east through road built in, anyone can pass through the site from Horikawa-dori to Aburakoji-dori easily.
All floors from basement to 3Fl are served by elevators and the museum is equipped with universal toilets. To enter with a guide dog, please use the entrance intercom to inform staff. (Month checked: 2019.Jan, )

Location Horikawa-dori Shomen-sagaru Shimogyo-ku,Kyoto(opposite Nishihonganji Temple), 600-8399
Tel 075-351-2500
Fax 075-351-2577
Homepage http://museum.ryukoku.ac.jp/
Access City Bus Nishihonganji-temple-mae Alight and walk 2min, JR, Kintetsu, Subway at Kyoto Sta.: Alight and walk 12min, Gojo Subway Sta.: Alight and 10-min walk
Charges [Discounts for disabled] Disabled person: Free, One assistant: Free *Must show disability card
[Charge] (permanent collection) General public:¥500, Uni students: ¥400, 65yr-olds or above: ¥400, Snr High Sch students: ¥300, Jnr High Sch students or younger: Free (special or planned exhibitions charged differently)
[Group discount] ¥100 per person
Remarks
[Parking] None
[Wheelchair marked parking] 1 space (if necessary use parking intercom to call staff for assistance)
[Wheelchair friendly toilet] Available
[Services] 2 wheelchairs available/Assistance provided by staff (to the best of their ability)/Textured paving blocks (these lead to intercom, which should then be used to call assistance)/Audio guide (free of charge)/Guide dog OK/Staff or volunteers provide guided tours (to the best of their ability)/First-aid office/Multi-lingual pamphlet (English, Chinese, Korean)

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Highlights & Barrier Free Info

Ryukoku Museum elevator

Ryukoku Museum elevatorThe ground floor (1Fl) lobby has elevator, escalator and stairs to take you to the entrance of the museum as well as cafe & shop and a passageway linking Horikawa-dori to Aburakoji-dori. The elevator besides the cafe & shop will take you to the reception area, so use this to head to 1BFl and the entrance hall. If you need assistance, there is an intercom besides the escalator, which is next to the elevator.

Admission area at Ryukoku Museum

Admission area at Ryukoku MuseumThe entrance hall and inner garden are situated on 1Bfl. Once you have paid the entrance fee, head to the elevator on the left at the rear of the lobby, to head for the exhibitions.

2Fl exhibition room at Ryukoku Museum

2Fl exhibition room at Ryukoku MuseumDepending on the time of year, the permanent exhibition or a special exhibition will be on display. The concept of the permanent exhibition is Asian Buddhism. And like the second floor, the walkways are wide and flat, so movement is easy.

Exhibited reconstruction of Bezeklik Caves at Ryukoku Museum

Exhibited reconstruction of Bezeklik Caves at Ryukoku MuseumOne corner of the second-floor exhibition room displays a full-scale reconstruction (3.5 meters high and 15 meters long) of the Buddhist wall paintings in the temple of the Bezeklik Caves in Turpan in Xinjiang of the Uygur Autonomous Region, China. The paintings are an impressive sight (imaging by Kiyohiko Higashide)

3Fl exhibition room at Ryukoku Museum

3Fl exhibition room at Ryukoku MuseumDepending on the time of year, the permanent exhibition and/or a special exhibition will be on display. The concept of the permanent exhibition is Japanese Buddhism. And like the second floor, the walkways are wide and flat, so movement is easy.

Theater at Ryukoku Museum

Theater at Ryukoku MuseumThis is the theater in the exhibition room on the third floor. The superb hi-vision screen shows a 12-minute long production once an hour. The impressive doors will be opened for you, so access is easy, and there are spaces for wheelchairs on the front row of seats (photo on left). When the film production ends, the screen will rise, affording the audience a great view of the grounds of Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple.

1Fl café and shop at Ryukoku Museum

1Fl café and shop at Ryukoku MuseumThe café & shop faces onto Horikawa-dori. It is a great place for a break and also sells the museum's original goods. Tables have 64 centimeters of leg room under them.

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