Okazaki Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku

Phone: +81 (75) 761 4111

National Musuem Of Modern Art, Kyoto

MOMAK is a national institution devoted to the collection and preservation of artworks and related reference materials of the twentieth century in Japan and other parts of the world. Particular emphasis is placed on artists or artistic movements in Kyoto and the Kansai area (the western region of Japan), such as Japanese-style paintings of the Kyoto School, while providing an overview of the mainstreams of Japanese modern art and craft movements as well as works from all over the world covering every genre of the crafts.

In addition to six or seven special and traveling exhibitions per year, the Museum rotates the works on display in the Collection Gallery approximately twenty times per year. Included therein are specially themed sub-exhibitions that are synchronized with the concurrent exhibition or present the Museum’s research results. The Collection Gallery also acts as the site for workshops and other educational programs organized by the Museum.

Permanent Collection

The Collection Gallery exhibits selected works of nihonga (Japanese-style painting), yōga (Western-style painting), prints, sculpture, crafts (ceramics, textiles, metalworks, wood and bamboo works, lacquers and jewelry) and photography from the museum collection, rotating the works on display approximately twenty times a year. Also shown are outstanding and monumental works of modern art in Japan, as well as modern and contemporary European and American art.

4th Collection Gallery exhibition, 2007/2008

Special Theme: “The Artists of the Shinseisaku-kyōkai and Kyoto in the 1960s”

NOTE: Japanese names are represented in the traditional fashion, with the family name first, followed by the given name or the “artist name.” (Exceptions are made for artists who are/were long-term residents of foreign countries, e.g., Tsuguharu Léonard Foujita.)


Please see for details of current and forthcoming temporary exhibitions.

Exhibitions (3)

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The price of admission for special and travelling exhibitions differ between each exhibition. Admission to exhibitions include admission to the Collection Gallery.

ASADA Hiroshi Retrospective (2007/07/31-09/17)

* Includes admission for MOON Seung-Keun + YAGI Tadashi (opens August 7)

Adult 1,200 / 1,000 in advance / 900 for groups

University students 800 /600 in advance / 400 for groups

High school students 400 /300 in advance / 200 for groups

Junior high and younger Free

Advance tickets: Ticket Pia, FamilyMart (P code: 687-453), Lawson (L code:
57722), other major ticket vendors and convenience stores

MOON Seung-Keun + YAGI Tadashi: works on paper and sculptures
1973-83 (2007/08/07-09/17)
Collection Gallery

Adult 420 / 210 for groups

University students 130 / 70 for groups

High school students 70 /40 for groups

Junior high and younger Free

Free admission:

2007: 9/22, 9/29, 11/3, 12/1
2008: 1/5, 2/23

Individual visitors may view the current exhibition and/or the Collection Gallery at the group rate by presenting an admission sticker from the same day or a membership card from Hosomi Museum.
Conversely, Hosomi Museum’s exhibition may be viewed at the group rate by presenting a ticket stub from MOMAK.

Opening hours

9:30AM-5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)

Every Friday during special and traveling exhibitions from 4/27 to 9/14 (excludes 6/8, 7/20, and 7/27) and 8/16 (Gozan no Okuribi)
9:30AM-8:00PM (admission until 7:30PM)


Every Monday (or, if Monday is a national holiday, the following Tuesday)
New Year’s holiday: December 25 to January 4

Getting there

From Hankyu Karasuma Station/Kawaramachi Station or Keihan Sanjo Station
Kyoto City Bus No. 5 (toward Iwakura Soshajo) or No. 57 (toward Kinrin Shako)
Get off at “Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae”
From Hankyu Karasuma Station/Kawaramachi Station or Keihan Shijo Station
Kyoto City Bus No. 46 (toward Heian Jingu shrine)
Get off at “Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae”
* The second of the two “Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae” bus stops is located
directly across the street from MOMAK.
By other bus routes
Five-minute walk from “Higashiyama Nijo” or “Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae”
By subway
Five-minute walk from Kyoto City subway Tozai Line “Higashiyama” Station

There is no official MOMAK parking lot. Please use the Okazaki-kouen Parking Lot (underground).

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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