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For Those Who Wish to Pay a Visit 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.

  • In the event of receiving dignitaries from abroad at short notice, the scheduled public opening may be cancelled; please check the following latest Public Opening Calendar before your visit. In addition, we will announce a change of the schedule on Twitter as well.
  • Types of visit and admission fees are subject to change depending on the time of your visit.

Types of Visit

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

For information regarding admission fees, please see the Admission Fees page.

For information about special visit plans currently in operation, please refer to What's New.

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.

(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.

See details about self-guided tours
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.

(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.

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.

Check the schedule

Pubic Opening Calendar (as of 2019.2.7)

Explanatory note

:open (for Self-guided tours) Opening hours: 10:00 to 17:00 [Last admission: 16:30]
:open (for Guided tours) Opening hours: 10:00 to 17:00 [Last admission: 15:30]
慶祝 :Special opening day for the congratulation on the 30th Anniversary of the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor on Feb. 24 (Advance reservation only)
× :closed
Nov.17-20 :For example, “Nov.17-20” means that the advance application starts from 17 November, 10:00 and ends on 20 November, 23:00 (JST).

“English Guided tours” begin at 12:00 once a day on the following opening days.

February 2019

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
2019.22 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11
2019.23 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.24 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.25 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.26 ×closed 2019.27 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.28 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.29 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11
2019.210 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.211 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.212 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.213 ×closed 2019.214 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.215 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.216 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11
2019.217 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.218 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.219 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.220 ×closed 2019.221 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.222 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.223 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11
2019.224 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.225 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.226 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11 2019.227 ×closed 2019.228 open (for Guided tours) Dec.7-11

March 2019

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
2019.32 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14
2019.33 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.34 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.35 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.36 ×closed 2019.37 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.38 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.39 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14
2019.310 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.311 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.312 ×closed 2019.313 ×closed 2019.314 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.315 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.316 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14
2019.317 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.318 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.319 open (for Guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.320 ×closed 2019.321 open (for Self-guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.322 open (for Self-guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.323 open (for Self-guided tours) Jan.10-14
2019.324 open (for Self-guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.325 open (for Self-guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.326 open (for Self-guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.327 ×closed 2019.328 open (for Self-guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.329 open (for Self-guided tours) Jan.10-14 2019.330 open (for Self-guided tours) Jan.10-14
2019.331 ×closed

April 2019

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
2019.42 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.43 ×closed 2019.24 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.45 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.46 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12
2019.47 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.48 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.49 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.410 ×closed 2019.411 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.412 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.413 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12
2019.414 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.415 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.416 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.417 ×closed 2019.418 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.419 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.420 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12
2019.421 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.422 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.423 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.424 ×closed 2019.425 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.426 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.427 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12
2019.428 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.429 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12 2019.430 open (for Self-guided tours) Feb.8-12

The opening schedule from 1 May 2019 onwards is still to be decided.