About the Kyoto State Guest House
The place that offers the finest hospitality where the best essence of Japanese traditional skills are integrated
The Kyoto State Guest House was built in 2005 as facilities to welcome distinguished guests from all over the world with the warmest hospitality and allow them to deepen their understanding of, and cultivate friendly relations with, Japan in Kyoto, which symbolizes Japan's history and culture.
In order to make the structure harmonize with its historic landscape and surrounding natural environment, its external appearance draws on half-hipped roofs and the sukiya-style, a simple and austere style used in tea ceremony houses, creating a noble Japanese appearance.
Craftsmanship of a wide variety of traditional skills that represent Kyoto is applied to the building and furniture, including sukiya carpentry, plastering, landscape gardening, kirikane (metallic foil cut into strips or other shapes to form decorative motifs), Nishijin brocade and makie (lacquerwork) to name but a few.
- 23 Kyoto Gyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
- Site Area
- Approx. 20,140m²
- Structure of the Main Building
- Reinforced concrete; one above and one below ground
- Total Floor Space
- Approx. 16,000m²
To commemorate the twelve-hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the ancient capital of Heian-kyo in 1994, the momentum toward building a Japanese-style guest house in Kyoto gained force.
Cabinet approval obtained for "the construction of a guest house facility"
The government decided to build a state guest house within the Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.
Construction of the Kyoto State Guest House (main structure) started
The Kyoto State Guest House opened
The Kyoto State Guest House's all-year public opening started
You may pay for a visit without prior reservation/with sign-in reception on the day of your visit.