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Kyoto State Guest House

- 京都迎賓館 -
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”Omotenashi” at a place for welcoming important guest from overseas
The Kyoto State Guest House plays host to the events for leaders and prime ministers from abroad. In order to promote Japan’s tourism industry , it opened to the public year round from July 2016. Before that, this treasured building could only be visited by people chosen by lottery for two weeks during the summer. Now you can walk inside just like one of the important guests . The Japanese garden is arranged in the middle of the building so that you can enjoy its beautiful scenery from any room. You will see some various rooms: Kyoto cuisine is served in the Kiri no Ma (Japanese-style Banquet Room), Western style dinner parties held in the Fuji no Ma (Banquet Hall), other 2 rooms are Yubae no Ma (Large Conference Room), and Juraku no Ma (Anteroom). You can enjoy both traditional Japanese craftsmanship and cutting edge technology. As Kyoto State Guest House is situated at the eastern part of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden which the Kyoto Imperial Palace is located inside, How about visiting as one of the sightseeing spots !
Kiri no Ma (Japanese -style Banquet room)
Kiri no Ma (Japanese -style Banquet room)
A Japanese-style room for enjoying Kyoto cuisine. During dinner, koto playing and dance performances of geiko and maiko produce a gorgeous atmosphere. The table in the center is 12 meters long! It’s lacquered in “ Roiro” (jet black) and amazingly polished by the bare hand of craft workers to make it glossy! You’ll surely be captivated by the magnificent shine of the table.
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden
The Japanese garden was designed to harmonize with the buildings. It was also specially designed to be viewed from each room, so you can enjoy looking at it from various angles. We particularly recommend to view it from the Yubae no Ma (Large Conference Room). The carpet in this room has a wave pattern, so it looks as if the garden and the pond are extending into the room. There is also a Japanese pleasure boat “Wasen” available so that guests can enjoy a boat tour in the pond if they have a request.
Count the number of flowers on the tapestry at Fuji no Ma (Banquet Hall)
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Count the number of flowers on the tapestry at Fuji no Ma (Banquet Hall)
This spacious guest room is intended for enjoying Western style cuisine. The decoration on the walls is not a painting, but a woven fabric made by a technique called Tsuzure ori! There are 39 different kinds of Japanese flowers woven into the design, and the main flower “wisteria” means “welcome” in the language of flowers. The solemn power give you a great welcome as soon as you enter the room !
Look at a picture in Juraku no Ma (Anteroom)
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Look at a picture in Juraku no Ma (Anteroom)
The waiting area and lobby for guests’ attendants. Unlike the other rooms, this room does not receive natural light. That is why the brilliant red color of the armchair on the left in the phot gives the room an elegant atmosphere. The painting on the right in the photo is changed regularly according to the specific guests. It is the place where Japanese hospitality is expressed.
Manner & Tips
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Although photos are allowed inside the building, flash usage and filming are prohibited due to the protection of the furnishings not to be damaged. Also, in order to preserve the beauty of the furnishings in the rooms, please refrain from touching them.
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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The Kyoto State Guest House is where important guests from overseas are welcomed into Japan, and here you can see the Japanese dining hall, the tatami mats and the paintings all majestic and marvelous. They also have a beautiful Japanee garden, which will make you feel relaxed. The place is not far from the Kyoto Imperial Palace, so how about going to see the State Guest House too?
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Kyoto State Guest House / 京都迎賓館
Category Landmarks
Phone +81 75 223 2205
Address 23 Kyoto-gyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-8611
Directions ・A 15-minute walk from Imadegawa Station of Subway Karasuma Line ・A 7-minute walk from‘Furitsu-Idai Byoin mae’bus stop (Recommend to use Route No.4, 17, and 205 via Kawaramachi Street from Kyoto Station) ・A 20-minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station of Keihan Oto Line.
Open Hours Open hours vary depending on the season and type of visit ・Visit without guide: 10am-5pm (last admission at 4:20pm) ・Guided tour (Japanese only): 10 am-5pm (last admission at 3:30pm)
Reservations ○How to enter ・With a "visit-certificate" issued through the website by applying in advance. ・With an admission card distributed on the day of a visit at the West Gate.
Closed Wednesdays * Due to sudden scheduling of visits by dignitaries or to other operational reasons, the public opening may be cancelled.
Price range
・Visit without guide Adult: ¥1,000 (group: ¥800)|Jr. and High school student: ¥500 (group: ¥400) ・Guided tour Adult: ¥1,500 (group: ¥1,200)|Jr. and High school student: ¥700 (group: ¥600)
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Free rental audio guides in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean are available. (* for the period of Visit without guide: additional charge for 200) You can also enjoy carefully selected Japanese traditional crafts during your visit.
Information Leaflets are available in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean
Lanuages spoken Japanese, English, and Chinese

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