English Guided Tours

  For a better understanding of our facility as well as Japan tradition, culture and craftsmanship, we offer you an English guided tour once a day.
  Our English speaking guides show you around the space open to the public and the periodical special exhibition. They are highly qualified interpreter guides including those who are officially certified by the City of Kyoto. They will take you on one-hour journey into the graceful elegance of Japanese culture and hospitality. Please come to join the tour that you cannot experience elsewhere.

Time of Tour

At 12:00  *please arrive around 11:30am

Time required for the tour

Approx.90 minutes (*meeting time Included)

Dates of Tour (*Dates of Tour vary according to the opening schedule)

Click to check out the opening schedule

Maximum number of visitors

34 persons

Eligible person

Above the Junior High School age
(until 31 March 2018: Those who were born before 1 April 2005)

Entry charge (*Payment is acceptable only in cash.)

Adults: 1,500 yen / Students (with valid ID) 700 yen
*Eligible students for discount: Those who were born from 2 April 1999 to 1 April 2005 (*until 31 March 2018)

How to apply

1) Applying online in advance     *Click here for the application

  • Applications are available on first-come-first-serve basis until the number of applications does not reach capacity by 12:00 (JST) on the day before the tour.
  • If the application has been accepted, the visit-certificate will be emailed to you. Please print it out and bring it with you or display it on your smart phone on the day of the tour.
  • Once the application has been accepted, no changes may be made to the date and time of the tour and number of participants.

2) Receiving the admission card on the day of the tour (Distribution starts at 10:00am)

  • Admission card will be made available for pick up on the morning of the tour at the West gate of the Kyoto State Guest House if the number of applications dose not reach capacity by 12:00 (JST) on the day before the tour.
  • Maximum 6 tickets can be issued per person.
  • Timing of distribution depends on the weather and the queuing situation.

Entry gate

West gate of the Kyoto State Guest House


Kyoto State Guest House
23, Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0881, Japan
For more information, please see the Access Imformation.

image:Map to the Kyoto State Guest House

Inquiry about the English guided tours

Photo gallery

What is the Kyoto State Guest House?

Public Opening of the Kyoto State Guest House

Premium Event, Special Exhibition, etc.

Advisory Note


Photo:Kyoto State Guest House


Yubae-no-Ma(Large Conference Room)

Fuji-no-Ma(Banquet Hall)

Kiri-no-Ma(Japanese-style Banquet Room)

Movie:Kyoto State Guest House
(Japanese Governments Internet TV )

Please click here for the inquiry in English

Cabinet Office, Government of Japan1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8914, Japan.
Tel: +81-3-5253-2111