Kyoto State Guest House 京都迎賓館
A symbol of Japanese culture and history, promoting international understanding among distinguished state guests
Pay a visit to Kyoto's official guest house, welcoming foreign dignitaries and guests from all over the world to experience the culture and hospitality of Japan.
How to Get There
Located adjacent to the Kyoto Imperial Palace in central Kyoto, the Kyoto State Guest House is easily accessible by public transport from within the city.
A seven-minute walk from the Furitsu Idai Byoin-mae bus stop (buses leave from Kyoto Station and Kawaramachi Station), or a 15-minute walk from Imadegawa Station on the Karasuma subway line.
A taxi from Kyoto Station takes about 20 minutes.
Receiving guests, Japanese-style
The Kyoto State Guest House officially opened in 2005 and welcomes international guests and foreign dignitaries in its beautiful Japanese-style reception spaces. It was built to deepen the understanding of Japan's history and culture and help build stronger relationships with other nations. While the building is made from steel-reinforced concrete, the interior is richly decorated in wood to infuse it with Japanese feel.
Traditional craftsmanship is widely applied to the building and furnishing. Ikebana flower arrangements are displayed whenever foreign dignitaries are being welcomed.
Visiting the Kyoto State Guest House
The Kyoto State Guest House is open to the public when not in use for the accommodation and reception of state guests and official guests. Advance reservation through the Kyoto State Guest House website is recommended but not required. You can sign in at the reception on the same day, but priority is given to those with a reservation.
There are two types of visit which vary depending on the public opening period: a self-guided tour and a guided tour. English Guided tours are available once a day at 12:00 p.m. and last one hour.
The Kyoto State Guest House may close on short notice, so please be sure to check the calendar before you visit.