Jan 2 - Feb 2

Kyoyo National Museum

What better way to ring in the new year than by celebrating the Chinese zodiac symbol that represents 2020—the rat. Love it or hate it, this tiny, contentious rodent is guiding the masses as we enter into a new decade; to celebrate, the Kyoto National Museum is throwing an exhibition entirely in the creature’s honor. The rat is actually first in the lineup of the twelve zodiac animals, so this year is particularly notable as the cycle is starting once again. Rats are regarded as auspicious animals in East Asian culture, so you’ll be surrounded by various artworks depicting the creature at its best from periods across Japan’s history.

Time: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 4:30 p.m.) Fridays and Saturdays: 9:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (Entrance until 7:30 p.m.) Closed Mondays
Admission: 520 yen
Access: 7 min walk from Shichijo Station
Kyoyo National Museum