Kyoto International Manga Museum

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Karasuma-Oike, Nakagyo-ku

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Many of Kyoto's top attractions pay homage to a Japan of the past, but the Kyoto International Manga Museum focuses on a very current form of Japanese art. Manga is a style of comics that exploded in popularity during the post-World War II period (though some historians date it back to the 12th century) and has steadily been gaining worldwide exposure in the past 60 years. The International Manga Museum, which opened in 2006, showcases a massive collection of Manga (around 300,000 items), from famous works like "Astro Boy" to more obscure comics by non-Japanese artists.

Recent visitors marvel at the museum's extensive collection, and said this is a must-do if you're a manga fan. For many, being able to sit and read the manga copies stored here was a highlight (reviewers said it felt more like a library than a museum). Travelers were also pleased that there were translations in other languages besides Japanese.

The Kyoto International Manga Museum is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day (last admission at 5:30 p.m.) except Wednesday. Admission costs 800 yen (about $7) for adults, 300 yen (about $3) for high school and junior high school students, and 100 yen (about $1) for elementary school students. The museum is a 2-minute walk from the Karasuma-Oike subway station in central Kyoto. It's also accessbile via city bus nos. 15, 51 and 65.

For more information, visit the Kyoto International Manga Museum's website.

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