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|
|Former names||Kyoto International Conference Hall|
|Alternative names||Kokuritsu Kyōto Kokusai Kaikan|
|Location||Takaragaike, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan|
|Town or city||Kyoto|
|Construction started||24 January 1964|
|Completed||20 March 1966|
|Opened||21 March 1966|
|Renovated||1973, 1985, 1998|
|Design and construction|
|Other designers||Isamu Kenmochi|
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. 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. Both Main Hall and Annex Hall are equipped with simultaneous interpreting facilities for 12 languages.
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).
- 1994 International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference
- 1997 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Kyoto Protocol)
- 2003 World Water Forum