Meiji Kotokan Hall / Main Gate

Meiji Kotokan Hall / Main Gate

Meiji Kotokan Hall (Main Hall of the Former Imperial Museum of Kyoto)

Meiji Kotokan Hall (Main Hall of the Former Imperial Museum of Kyoto)

This redbrick building, which serves as the symbol of the Kyoto National Museum was completed in October of 1895 and opened in May of 1897. Designed by KATAYAMA, Tokuma (1854-1917), a leading architect for the Imperial Household Agency, the Meiji Kotokan Hall (originally, the Main Hall of the Former Imperial Museum of Kyoto) and the Main Gate area, constructed in red brick, were designated Important Cultural Properties in 1969.
The area of this building-consisting of a reception area, a central gallery, and ten smaller galleries-is 3,015 m2, while the exhibition space is 2,070 m2.
*The Meiji Kotokan Hall is currently closed.

Main Gate


Main Gate

Constructed in October 1895, the Main Gate offers a spectacular view of the Meiji Kotokan Hall and the soft, rolling Higashiyama hills in the background. Enjoy the scenery as you enter through this gate, which was designated an Important Cultural Property with the Meiji Kotokan Hall in 1969.
*The Main Gate is only used for entering of the group and exiting.

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