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Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto

Japan 604-0846
Tel: 81 075 254 7414's insider take:

The Kyoto International Manga Museum is one of the few museums in the world where you're encouraged to get up close and handle the exhibits. You'll see locals perusing any of the 50,000 volumes that make up the Wall of Manga, three floors of comics free for the reading. In that way, the museum feels a bit like a library. Exhibits explain the history of the art form (which some say dates back as far as the Heian period, 794-1192), its expression abroad, and its use in animation. Interactive exhibits enable you to mix and match different eyes, noses, and mouths on characters or learn how to paint anime dolls and models. Live performances of manga-related street art feature storytellers that show illustrations in purpose-built frames(translations are provided). In short, the museum is the perfect answer to temple fatigue.—Colleen Clark

Open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays through Sundays 10 am to 5 pm.

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