The Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair is more proof that Kyoto isn’t just about old buildings and tradition. Held at the Miyako Messe convention center as well as the International Manga Museum, it’s a two day trade show/market/festival and one of the biggest such events in the Kansai region. There is a free stage which is accessible to all ticket holders, while the KYOMAF stage requires aditional reservations.
There will be traditional arts workshops, a character cafe, a cosplay area, a job fair and the Kyoto International Manga Awards. Be sure to check which location is hosting each event – or you can purchase a joint ticket and visit both.
The opening hours for Miyako Messe are 9am – 5pm (4pm on Sunday) and 10am – 8pm at the Manga Museum. Final entry is 30 minutes before the official closing time. While the event used to be free for foreigners, you can now show your passport for a ¥200 discount instead.
The closest metro stop is the Higashiyama station on the Tozai line – it’s 15 minutes from Tokyo Station with a change at Karasumaoike costing ¥260. Alternatively you can catch buses 110, 100 or 206 straight there. If you’re travelling from Tokyo we have some tips on the best routes.
Kyoto certainly has plenty of hotels to choose from – and we have a great selection to get you started. If you want to stay close to the fair, then consider the Hotel Marufuku which has compact rooms and smart but friendly communal spaces or the Gion Hanna Stay which is similar but a tad pricier. Hostel Wise you can try the Haruya which is basic but friendly or the Guest House Gajyun. Just in case you’re looking to push the boat out, the Kiraku Kyoto Higashiyama is an all-out luxury stay with traditional Japanese elements mixed with Western comforts.To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.