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A tour of modern architecture in Rakuchu, Kyoto: fromSanjo to the Kyoto Culture Museum, where you canfeel the Meiji to Showa eras.

Plan Details

Many people may think of Kyoto as   an ancient Japanese-style architecture, but from the

Meiji to Showa periods,   European-style modern architecture was built and still exists in

Kyoto in great numbers today. Each modern building has its own character, and it is time to

unravel that character together   with the architecture. The   following course introduces the

features and highlights of each building.

Set Dates

Every day from 15 January 2024 to   26 December 2025

*To be implemented in the following years.

Plan Price

Please enquire

What's included

Handouts on the day

Foreign language staff

Course Details

Meet at (1) Kyoto Meilin   Elementary School (now Kyoto Art   Centre) = Walk = (2) Former

Yamaguchi Bank Kyoto Branch (now Hase Building   Head Office) = Walk = (3) Buntsubaki

Building (former Nishimura Bouten   building) = Walk = (4) Shinpukan (former Kyoto Central

Telephone Station) = Walk =   (5) Kyoto Post Telegraph Office (now Chukyo Post Office) =

Walk = (6) Bank of Japan Kyoto Branch   (now Kyoto Culture Walk =

Branch (now Kyoto Culture Museum Annex) = Walk = Nippon Seimei Kyoto Branch (now

Nippon Seimei Kyoto Sanjo   Building) = Walk = SACRA Building (former Fudo Savings

Bank Kyoto Branch) = Walk = Yabetoku   Tokeiten Watch Shop (now MARcourt Kyoto

Sanjo Store) = Walk = 1928 Building (former Kyoto branch office of Osaka Mainichi

Shimbun) = Walk =   Dismiss: 1928 Building

Time Required

1.5 hours

Min. # of Participants  per Party


Min. # of Participants

5 people

Max. # of Participants


Closing Date

2weeks before 18:00,


Supported Languages


Foreign language staff (schedule to be confirmed).

English, Korean, Chinese, Polish, Hebrew, German, Spanish, French, Filipino, Thai

Necessary when making a reservation

(1) Date of implementation

 (2) Desired   time

 (3) Participant's name 

(4) Contact details

Cancellation Fees

Free cancellation within 72 hours   of booking.

Cancellation Fees

3 days to 1 day before the   experience date: 20%; on the day: 50 50%. No-show or after the

trip has started: 100%.

Meeting Place & Time

Kyoto Art Centre

Google Map

10:00, 13:00 , 15:00 Time can be selected.

Other (Notes)

This tour is intended for primary   school students and above. Each guest under junior

highschool age must be   accompanied by one parent or guardian.

Please take care not to disturb   other pedestrians by spreading out and walking. The event

will be held rain or shine. The event will be cancelled in the event   of inclement weather, such

as when warnings or advisories   are issued. In the event of cancellation, we will inform you

by 8pm the night before the start   time. Please wear comfortable walking clothes and shoes.

No parking is available. Please   come by public transport.

Photo Gallery

#1 1928 Building
- The 1928 Building is a three-storey reinforced concrete structure in the Art Deco style in Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto. - It was built in 1928 as the Kyoto branch of the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper and designed by Goichi Takeda, who is also known as the 'father of Kansai architecture'.
- It was used as the Kyoto branch of the Mainichi Shimbun until 1998, after which it was converted into a gallery, restaurant and free space. - It is registered as Tangible Cultural Property No. 2 by the City of Kyoto and is considered one of Takeda's major architectural design works.
- Located on the corner of Sanjo-dori Gokomachi, it is a popular spot for enjoying art and dining.

#2 Fumitsubaki Building
・The Fumitsubaki Building was built in 1920 and initially used as a tradingcompany. Today, the commercial building is listed as a National Tangible CulturalProperty. Secession style.

#3 ShinPuhKan
-The ShinPuhKan was completed in 1926, when Kyoto was transitioning from an ancient capital to a modern city, and the former Kyoto Central Telephone Station,the predecessor of the Shinpukan, was completed. It was designed by TetsuroYoshida, an engineer of the Ministry of Telecommunications. He is known as a pioneer of modernism and his works include the 'Tokyo Central Post Office' (now KITTE) and the 'Osaka Central Post Office'. Yoshida's masterpiece, the 'FormerKyoto Central Telephone Station', was eventually recognised for its historical value and registered as Kyoto City Designated and Registered Cultural PropertyNo. 1 in 1983.





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