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About Visiting The Public Opening of the Kyoto State Guest House

The Kyoto State Guest House opens to the general public year-round when it is not used for its main activities of welcoming dignitaries from abroad.

Special Visit News

Please be advised that admission fees make change during special exhibition periods.

Visit Routes

There are two types of visit: 1) Self-guided tours and 2) Guided tours. The types of visit varies depending on the opening period.

Please be advised that admission fees make change during special exhibition periods.

An image of a visit to the Kyoto State Guest House via self-guided tour. Visits can make their way through the Guest House visiting route at their own pace, without a tour guide.

(1) Self-guided tours

Application not required
(Advance reservations are available
for groups of 20 or more)

You are free to visit and view at your own pace along the route without a guide.
We offer several tablets (for free) for visitors to use the Kyoto State Guest House Official App during their visit.

Admission Fees: Adults: 1,500 yen, University Students: 1,000 yen, Junior & Senior High School Students: 500 yen

Opening Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (Last admission: 16:30)

See details about self-guided tours
An image of a visit to the Kyoto State Guest House via guided tour. Visitors see each room in the Guest House while listening to an explanation from the tour guide.

(2) Guided tours

Both advance reservation and sign-in reception are available (Numbered tickets will be distributed on the day of your visit) (Numbered tickets will be distributed at 9:45 a.m. to those who arrive first)

You visit the facility with a guide.

Admission Fees: Adults: 2,000 yen, University Students: 1,500 yen, Junior & Senior High School Students: 700 yen

Opening Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (Last admission: 15:30)

See details about guided tours

Kyoto State Guest House Official App

An example of the app in use.

This is the official application of the Kyoto State Guest House. After downloading the app, use it to scan markers within the Guest House to access audio, text, and video content for even deeper knowledge of the Kyoto State Guest House. Please consider downloading the app when you visit us.

Cautionary Notes

  • When it is crowded, those who made advance reservations will be preferentially admitted.
  • In the event of receiving distinguished guests at short notice, the scheduled public opening may be cancelled; please check the latest Public Opening Schedule before your visit. We will announce a change of the schedule on Twitter as well.