Kyoto International Conference Center

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The Kyoto International Conference Center (国立京都国際会館, Kokuritsu Kyōto Kokusai Kaikan), abbreviated as ICC Kyoto and previously called the Kyoto International Conference Hall, is a large conference facility located at Takaragaike, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The Kyoto Protocol was signed in this hall.

Kyoto International Conference Center
Exterior of Kyoto International Conference Center
Kyoto International Conference Center is located in Kyoto city
Kyoto International Conference Center
Kyoto International Conference Center is located in Japan
Kyoto International Conference Center
Former namesKyoto International Conference Hall
Alternative namesKokuritsu Kyōto Kokusai Kaikan
General information
Typeconference facility
Architectural styleMetabolist
LocationTakaragaike, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Town or cityKyoto
Coordinates35°03′40″N 135°46′58″E / 35.061234°N 135.78291°E / 35.061234; 135.78291Coordinates: 35°03′40″N 135°46′58″E / 35.061234°N 135.78291°E / 35.061234; 135.78291
Construction started24 January 1964 (1964-01-24)
Completed20 March 1966 (1966-03-20)
Opened21 March 1966 (1966-03-21)
Renovated1973, 1985, 1998
Grounds156,000 m²
Design and construction
ArchitectSachio Otani
Other designersIsamu Kenmochi
ICC Kyoto
Annex Hall interior

The center was designed by architect Sachio Otani to an unusual hexagonal framework, resulting in few vertical walls or columns, and opened in 1966 with an addition in 1973.[1] Today the total facility provides 156,000 m² of meeting space, and consists of the main Conference Hall with large meeting room (capacity 2,000) and a number of smaller rooms, an Annex Hall (capacity 1,500) and Event Hall, with the Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto nearby.[2] Both Main Hall and Annex Hall are equipped with simultaneous interpreting facilities for 12 languages.[3]

It is located north of Kyoto proper, and may be reached via the Karasuma Line subway.[4]

The complex is the location for the finale of John Frankenheimer's cult 1982 martial arts action film The Challenge, starring Scott Glenn and legendary Japanese star, Toshiro Mifune.The complex also serves as the backdrop for a meeting between Harry Kilmer (Robert Mitchum) and Goro Tanaka (James Shigeta) in The Yakuza (1975).

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  1. ^ "Architecture of ICC Kyoto".
  2. ^ "Our Rooms and Floor Guide".
  3. ^ "Our Services".
  4. ^ "Getting To ICC Kyoto".
  • R. Stephen Sennott, Encyclopedia of 20th-Century Architecture, Taylor & Francis, 2003, page 739. ISBN 1-57958-433-0.