Kyoto State Guest House

Kyoto State Guest House (京都迎賓館, Kyōto geihinkan) is one of the two state guest houses of the Government of Japan. The other state guesthouse is the Akasaka Palace.

Kyoto State Guest House
Kyoto State Guest House Main Gate.JPG
General information
Coordinates35°1′30.2″N 135°45′57.4″E / 35.025056°N 135.765944°E / 35.025056; 135.765944Coordinates: 35°1′30.2″N 135°45′57.4″E / 35.025056°N 135.765944°E / 35.025056; 135.765944
Construction started2002; 20 years ago (2002)
Completed2005; 17 years ago (2005)
ManagementCabinet Office (Japan)
Technical details
Floor count1 floor above ground, 1 floor below ground
Floor area16,000 square metres (170,000 sq ft), total area is 20,140 square metres (216,800 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectNikken Sekkei

HistoryEdit

During the Edo period (1603 – 1868) a Garden House and multiple mansions of aristocrats stood in the northeastern part such as of the Yanagihara family and Kushige family. The Kyoto Imperial Palace is in the northern part of Kyōto-Gyoen National Garden (京都御苑). It was constructed in 1331 and the Emperors lived there until 1869. There are also Sentō Imperial Palace gardens.

In 1994, to commemorate the twelve-hundredth (1200th) anniversary of the establishment of the ancient capital of Heian-kyō (平安京), there was growing momentum toward building a Japanese-style guest house in Kyoto. In October 1994, approval was obtained from the Cabinet of Japan for "the construction of a guest house facility." The government decided to build a state guest house within the Kyoto Gyoen National Garden (京都御苑). In March 2002, construction of the Kyoto State Guest House (main structure) started. Construction completed in February 2005 and the Kyoto State Guest House was opened on 17 April 2005. The total floor space of the new facility is 16,000 m² and the lot is 20,140 m². Since July 2016 the Kyoto State Guest House's all-year public opening started.[1] It was designed by Nikken Sekkei. The Western-style of the Akasaka State Guest House contrasts with the Japanese-style buildings of the Kyoto State Guest House.

The first state guest after the opening of the Kyoto State Guest House was Nguyễn Minh Triết, then President of Vietnam (stayed 28–29 November 2007).

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Japanese gardenEdit

It consists of the “true garden” (真の庭) in front of the entrance, the central "row garden" (行の庭) in the hall, and the "grass garden" (草の庭) facing the guest room. A modern Japanese-style garden of "Ichiya Niwaya" was created by Kyoto gardeners with Sano Tōemon (佐野 藤右衛門) as a masterpiece under the supervision of Hiromasa Amagasaki (尼崎 博正).

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History - Kyoto State Guest House". Cabinet Office, Government of Japan. Retrieved 2018-09-24.