Another piece of ‘fun meets history’ that’s a great stop for the kids. Note that the museum is really only 2 rooms and could easily be closed off in an hour or two, depending on your love of Heian dress.
The museum holds a 1/25th scale of the house in Genji Monogatari and a number of the scenes are set out including the highly ritualised multi layer kimonos of mediaeval Japan.
On top of this there is a wonderful ‘dress up’ section where you can put on courtiers clothing, both men and women’s and photograph yourself in silly poses…. so long as you work out how to get all the multi layered clothes on. Don’t forget the silly hats.
Horikawa Higashiiru, Shinhanayacho-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City
TEL: +81- 075-342-5345
Museum hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Closed Sundays)
Entry cost: 400 / 200 Yen (Around 4USD)
Access: Kyoto City Bus to “Nishihonganji-mae”.