Kyoto Geihinkan (Kyoto State Guest House), which was built ten years ago, will be open to public from July 21st 2016.
This building, owned by the Japanese government, is usually used for welcoming foreign VIP guests.
Kyoto Geihinkan is not open to public except for ten days each summer, where lucky visitors are chosen by lot. However in order to utilize the building as a sightseeing resource, Japan decided to permanently open it to the public following an experiment held in April and May. In this experiment visitors without advance reservations were admitted for about two weeks, which resulted in more than 20,000 visitors.
Note that visitors need to pay an entrance fee, 1000 yen/adult and 500 yen/high & middle school student. Visitors must be at least middle school aged, which usually means 13 years old. Additionally, it only accepts 2000 visitors a day. It opens from 10:00 – 17:00 (Last Entry 16:20).
According to Cabinet Office, it plans to be open to the public year round, however, it will be closed when it is used for official events. They announced that Kyoto Geihinkan will be open from July 21st to August 28th, but the schedule from September has not yet been decided.
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