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[Tour of Modern Architecture in Rakuchu, Kyoto] Feel the Meiji to Showa Era, Sanjo to Kyoto Culture Museum
With afternoon tea at Acehotel

Plan Details

Kyoto may be associated with old Japanese architecture, but from the Meiji to Showa periods, European-style modern architecture was built and still exists in Kyoto in great numbers.

Each modern building has its own character, and we invite you to spend some time exploring this character together with the architecture, and enjoy an elegant afternoon tea at KOSA on the 3rd floor of the Acehotel.

Set Dates

6 Jan 2024 to 27 Dec (Please enquire)

Excluded Dates

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Plan Price(Per person)

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What's included

Materials distributed on the day, KOSA afternoon tea on the third floor of the Ace Hotel, one welcome drink and unlimited tea.

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 = ⑥ Bank of Japan, Kyoto Branch (now Kyoto Culture Museum Annex) = Walk = ⑦ Nippon Seimei Kyoto Branch (now Nippon Seimei Kyoto Sanjo Building) = Walk = ⑧ SACRA Building (former Fudo Savings Bank Kyoto Branch) = Walk = ⑨ Yabetoku Tokeiten Watch Shop (now MARcourt Kyoto Sanjo Store) = Walk = ⑩ 1928 Building (former Kyoto branch office of Osaka Mainichi Shimbun) = Walk =Shinpukan (former Kyoto Central Telephone Station) Dismiss: KOSA

Meeting Place & Time

Kyoto Art Centre

Google MAP

10am/1pm Time can be selected.

Time Required


Min. # of Participants per Party

1 person

Min. # of Participants

4 people

Max. # of Participants

10 people

Closing Date

2 weeks before 18:00, enquiries required

Other (Notes)

This tour is intended for primary school students and above. Each guest under juniorhighschool age must be accompanied by one parent or guardian.

Please take care not to disturb other pedestrians by spreading out and walking. The eventwill be held rain or shine. The event will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather, suchas when warnings or advisories are issued. In the event of cancellation, we will inform youby 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.


#4 Ace Hotel Kyoto 3rd floor KOSA Afternoon Tea
This afternoon tea set is supervised by Chef Danny Alvarez, who has worked in a number of legendary New York cafés and bakeries and is currently responsible for developing the sweets menu at Ace Hotel Brooklyn. The tea served with the food is from 7T+, a Kyoto-based company dedicated to tea awareness. A total of 10 types of tea, mainly Japanese black tea, are available. Fresh tea is offered for the first tea and matcha for the closing tea, allowing guests to enjoy the pairing and choose their favourite tea.





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