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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.
To pay a visit to us, you can make an advance reservation through this page, or sign at the reception on the day of your visit without an advance reservation.

  • 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.
  • For a guided tour, it is advisable that you make an advance reservation. The numbered ticket will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of your visit; thus, depending on the time slot, you may not be admitted.
  • For a self-guided tour (you are free to visit and view at your own pace without a guide), when it is crowded, those who made an advance reservation will be admitted preferentially.

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.

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

Both advance reservation and sign-in reception are available; admission fee is required.

You are free to visit and view at your own pace along the route without a guide.

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; admission fee is required.

You visit the facility with a guide.

See details about guided tours

Kyoto State Guest House Official App 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 2018.12.6)

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, 00:00 and ends on 20 November, 23:00 (JST).

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

December 2018

2018.122 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13 2018.123 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13 2018.124 ×closed 2018.125 ×closed 2018.126 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13 2018.127 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13 2018.128 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13
2018.129 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13 2018.1210 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13 2018.1211 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13 2018.1212 ×closed 2018.1213 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13 2018.1214 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13 2018.1215 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13
2018.1216 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13 2018.1217 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13 2018.1218 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13 2018.1219 ×closed 2018.1220 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13 2018.1221 open (for Self-guided tours) Oct.9-13 2018.1222 ×closed
2018.1223 ×closed 2018.1224 ×closed 2018.1225 ×closed 2018.1226 ×closed 2018.1227 ×closed 2018.1228 ×closed 2018.1229 ×closed
2018.1230 ×closed 2018.1231 ×closed

January 2019

2019.12 ×closed 2019.13 ×closed 2019.14 ×closed 2019.15 ×closed
2019.16 ×closed 2019.17 ×closed 2019.18 ×closed 2019.19 ×closed 2019.110 ×closed 2019.111 ×closed 2019.112 ×closed
2019.113 ×closed 2019.114 ×closed 2019.115 ×closed 2019.116 ×closed 2019.117 ×closed 2019.118 ×closed 2019.119 ×closed
2019.120 ×closed 2019.121 ×closed 2019.122 ×closed 2019.123 ×closed 2019.124 open (for Guided tours) Nov.15-19 2019.125 open (for Guided tours) Nov.15-19 2019.126 open (for Guided tours) Nov.15-19
2019.127 open (for Guided tours) Nov.15-19 2019.128 open (for Guided tours) Nov.15-19 2019.129 open (for Guided tours) Nov.15-19 2019.130 ×closed 2019.131 open (for Guided tours) Nov.15-19

February 2019

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 慶祝open (for Guided tours) Dec.13-18 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

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