Nijo Castle and Nishijin area, Kyoto sightseeing route, Japan

The Nijo Castle area, Nijo Castle, which was the setting for the Taisei Hokan, Shinsen-en Garden, which is closely related to the Gion Festival, and the town where you can feel the history, are places where you can meet everyday life in Kyoto. The Nijo Castle area is a fascinating spot where you can get a glimpse of the daily life of Kyoto people while feeling the history of Kyoto. After thinking about Nijo Castle (a world heritage site) where Yoshinobu Tokugawa, the 15th shogun of the Edo Shogunate, announced the repatriation of the Taisei Hokan in 1867 (Keio 3rd year), Shinsen-en Garden, which is closely related to Gion Matsuri, Yasaka Shrine, and Tabisha. To the south. There is a long Sanjokai shopping street from east to west. The 800-meter-long arcade, which is one of the largest in western Japan, is lined with old-fashioned shops, cafes renovated from townhouses, and fashionable general stores. You may find some nice Kyoto souvenirs.

Nishijin area, a town with a place name derived from the fact that the main camp was built by the Onin War, the birthplace of Nishijin weaving where you can hear the sound of weaving when you listen. Nishijin is a large area that straddles Kita Ward and Kamigyo Ward. This place name was given to Katsumoto Hosokawa of the East Army in the Onin War that occurred in 1467 (the first year of Onin), because Sozen Yamana of the West Army built a headquarters near Horikawa Kamitate. .. If you visit the ruins of Yamana Sozen’s mansion, which is located below Horikawa Kamidachiuri, you may get a glimpse of the history of Nishijin. Nishijin-ori, a traditional craft that is widely known nationwide and internationally, was born here. When you listen, you can hear the sound of weaving here and there. There are still many townhouses left, so you can enjoy the streets of Kyoto.

Nijo Station is a station of West Japan Railway Company (JR West) and Kyoto Municipal Subway, located in Nishinokyo Toganoo-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. The station number of JR West is JR-E04, and the station number of Kyoto Municipal Subway is T15. The conventional JR station was the entrance and exit only on the eastern Senbon-dori side, but since the opening of the subway Tozai line and the elevation of the Sanin main line (Sagano line), the west side has also been improved, and in recent years, route buses and taxis have also entered the west exit. ing. In addition, the area around the station is becoming a subcenter of Kyoto City.

Senbon-dori runs north-south on the east side of the station. In addition, Oike-dori in the east-west direction has a dead end on the east side of this station, and since it shifts to the intersection one north and leads to the west again, the car is linear so that it once detours to the north side of the station. There are many shops on the east side of the station, mainly along Senbon-dori and Oike-dori. The west side is a dense area of ​​residential areas and small and medium-sized factories up to Nishioji-dori. Nijo Driving School is located northwest of the station.

You can walk to the next station, Emmachi Station, on the side road due to the road improvement accompanying the elevation of the San-in Main Line. (Until the San-in Main Line was elevated and Oike-dori was expanded, it was necessary to make a large detour to the station in order to move in the east-west direction, and it was necessary to make a detour to the former Nijo-dori in the north and Sanjo-dori in the south. The west side of the Senbon Sanjo intersection was an underpass that passed under the railroad track until the elevation was completed, but now it is backfilled and Sanjo Dori is flattened.)

Nijojo-mae Station is a station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line, located in Nijojo-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto. The station number is T14. Horikawa-dori, a main street that runs north and south near the station, was originally planned to be named “Horikawa”, but was later changed to “Nijojo-mae” in consideration of tourists. The railway station named “Nijojo-mae” by the Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau will be the second generation after the stop (located near the current station) that existed on the Kyoto City Denborikawa Line (Kitano Line), which was abolished only in July 1961. ..

Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle is a Japanese castle (lowland castle) built by the Edo Shogunate in Nijo Castle Town (formerly Kadono District, Yamashiro Province), Nijo Dori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. There are those by Mr. Ashikaga, Mr. Oda, Mr. Toyotomi, and Mr. Tokugawa, which will be described later, but the existing castle is by Mr. Tokugawa. In the later modern period, Nijo Castle was used as a palace for the government offices of Kyoto Prefecture and the imperial family.

The entire castle is designated as a national historic site, the Ninomaru Palace (6 buildings) is a national treasure, 22 buildings and 1016 barrier paintings of the Ninomaru Palace are important cultural properties, and the Ninomaru Palace Garden is a special place of scenic beauty. It is specified. Furthermore, in 1994 (Heisei 6), it was registered as a “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” in the UNESCO World Heritage Site (World Cultural Heritage). It is also the place where the Edo Shogunate began and ended, with the celebration of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s proclamation and the repatriation of Tokugawa Yoshinobu. In the later modern era, it became a place used as a feast for the coronation ceremony, which is the ceremony of the emperor Taisho.

Nijo Castle is located on the southeastern tip of the former Heiankyo Heian Palace and the site of “Shinsen-en”, a forbidden garden (the emperor’s garden) to the south. Approximately 500 meters east-west and 400 meters north-south, it is almost rectangular, but strictly speaking, it is convex when viewed from the east side. The western part, where the width of the north and south is narrowed, was expanded by the major renovation of Kanei during the Tokugawa Iemitsu era, and when it was built by Ieyasu, it was only the current eastern half (Ninomaru).

Ninomaru Palace, the central building of Ninomaru, is located to the west of the front, entering from the East Otemon Gate. The palace is surrounded by a Tsukiji wall, and the main gate, Karamon, is on the south side of the wall. Passing through it, you can see the “car stop” at the entrance of Ninomaru Palace in front of you. From the front, the Ninomaru Palace has six buildings called “Samurai”, “Shikidai”, “Large Hall”, “Sago-no-ma”, “Kuroshoin”, and “White Shoin” lined up in a row and connected by a corridor. It has become. In addition, the copper plate of the pillar was initially stamped with gold foil, which was far more gorgeous than the existing ones. There is a Japanese garden on the west side of the hall and on the south side of Kuroshoin. On the north side of the distant samurai, there is a building called “Miseisho” for serving as a “kitchen”. The roof near the Karahafu car, which is now cypress-roofed, has been changed from tile-roofed to cypress-roofed by the Meiji repair.

There is one castle gate in the north, south, east and west as an entrance to the outside. However, the south gate was newly built in 1915 (Taisho 4) in preparation for the Emperor Taisho’s encyclopedia, and is not the original castle gate. The main gate is the East Otemon (Yaguramon) facing Horikawa-dori. The west gate (buried gate) and the south gate mentioned above are not used because there is no bridge across the outer moat. The Kita Ote-mon (Yaguramon) is also normally closed. In addition, there are five gates in the castle.

The north middle partition gate and the south middle partition gate that divide the Ninomaru into east and west, the Naruko gate and the Momoyama gate that are the entrances to the passage connecting the Ninomaru and the main enclosure, and the yaguramon that is the entrance to the main enclosure that crosses the inner moat from that passage. The East Otemon Gate is now a turret gate as it was when it was first built, but when looking at Emperor Gomizuo’s deeds, it was changed to a single gate because it was disrespectful to look down from above. After the trip, he was returned to the yaguramon again.

The Honmaru Palace was relocated from the former Katsuramiya residence (built in 1847) to the north of the Imperial Palace from 1893 (Meiji 26) to 1894 (Meiji 27), and is a building originally unrelated to the Tokugawa family’s Nijo Castle. is there. In the past, it was open to the public for a limited time in spring and autumn, but it has not been open to the public since the last release in the spring of 2007 (Heisei 19) due to the lack of earthquake resistance. On the site of the original Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, the Tsukiji Fence, the front gate, the Teshimon Gate, and the garden and pond still exist.

The castle tower at the time of its construction is depicted in “Rakuchu Rakugai Folding Screen” as a watchtower-shaped five-storied castle tower in the northwestern part of the castle (around the present Seiryuen). This castle tower was built by Ieyasu in the northwest corner of the current Ninomaru during the Keicho period, and there is a theory that the castle tower of Yamatokoriyama Castle was relocated. There is a description of the small castle tower and the corridor in the record, and it is probable that it formed the castle tower Kuruwa.

This castle tower was relocated to Yodo Castle during the major renovation of Kanei during the 3rd generation Iemitsu. Since the drawings of the relocated Yodo Castle castle tower are left, it is possible to restore the Keicho castle tower. Instead, the castle tower of Fushimi Castle, which was abandoned by the Ichikuni Ichijo Ordinance the previous year, was relocated to the southwest corner of the newly built Honmaru. This Kanei period castle tower was a tower-type five-story, five-story castle tower with an attached Yakura, but it has not been rebuilt since it was destroyed by lightning in 1750 (Kan’en 3 years). Currently, only the castle tower remains. It is the only castle tower where the emperor has risen.

A Western-style garden that began gardening after the Honmaru Palace was relocated and was completed in 1896 (Meiji 29). Unlike the Japanese garden, it is a strolling garden that focuses on lawns and tree planting, rather than ponds and dry landscape gardens. “Hachijin no Niwa” is a Momoyama style pond spring strolling garden that is often cited as a masterpiece of Kobori Enshu. Three islands float in the pond. Horaijima, which is the largest in the center of the pond and slightly north, is Kamejima to the north and Tsurushima to the south. Kamejima has stones in the shape of a turtle, and Tsurushima has stones in the shape of a crane. Horaijima is made of stones in the shape of a crane from the angle seen with Kamejima, and in the shape of a turtle from the angle seen with Tsurushima, and it is always a taste to express a pair of crane turtles.

In the northwestern part of the pond, there is a two-tiered waterfall. The part of the lawn that extends to the south of the pond is the place where the Yuko Palace was built during Kanei’s Yuko, and this side is the first front of the garden. The second front is on the east (hall) side, and the third front is on the north (kuroshoin) side.

Nishijin is the name of the area from Kamigyo Ward to Kita Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. There is no administrative area called “Nishijin”. It is the birthplace of Nishijin-ori, a high-class silk fabric, and is an area where the textile industry is concentrated. Weaving has been carried out in Kyoto since the 5th century, and it is said that during the Heian period, weaving craftsmen gathered near Kamichojamachi, which is located on the south side of the present Nishijin. In the latter half of the Heian period, textiles called “Omiyajin no Aya” and “Omiya Silk” were made, and their own heavy textiles were used to decorate temples and shrines. The name “Nishijin” comes from the fact that during the Onin War (1467-1477), Sozen Yamana, the general general of the Western Army, set up a camp in this land west of Horikawa. After the Onin War, weaving craftsmen who had been scattered all over the country returned to Kyoto and resumed weaving in this area, which became known as Nishijin.

There is a historic site of Nishijin between Omiya-dori and Horikawa-dori on Imadegawa-dori. Nishijin is the place where the first movie theater was built in Japan. The Imamiya Festival at Imamiya Shrine is known as the Nishijin Festival. The shipment value of Nishijin-ori products in 2008 was about 81.8 billion yen, and there are 465 vendors. The total number of looms is 4,783 (about 3,600 power looms, about 1,200 hand looms), and about 30,000 people are directly or indirectly engaged in Nishijin weaving.

The Nishijin school district in the former school district of Kyoto also has a complicated shape, but the general range is Jofukuji-dori in the west limit, Itsutsuji-dori in the south limit, Horikawa-dori in the east limit, and Teranouchi-dori in the north limit. .. According to the guidance of the Nishijin school district by the city of Kyoto, “The historical concept of Nishijin is from Nakadachiuri-dori to Kuramaguchi-dori in the north and south, and from Muromachi-dori to Senbon-dori in the east and west, with a side of about 1km.” The areas where Nishijin weaving companies are located are generally Marutamachi Dori in the south limit, Kamigamo in the north limit, Karasuma Dori in the east limit, and Nishioji Dori in the west limit.

Kongo Nogakudo
Kongo Nogakudo was opened in 2003 near the former Muromachi Shogunate’s “Muromachi Palace” (west of the current Kyoto Imperial Palace), which is closely related to Noh in Kyoto. From the former Kongo Nogakudo in Muromachi, which has undergone more than 150 years of star frost, the Noh stage filled with the thoughts of its predecessors has been relocated as it is. A space that transcends time and space was born in the 21st century Noh theater, where the 19th century stage is fused. The elegant bamboo blind seats and the Qinghai wave pattern on the bridge, which conveys the image of the forbidden stage, further enhance the quaint appearance of the highlight. A stone stage set in a garden that colors the changing seasons in each season. Please spend a calming and brilliant time at Kongo Nogakudo.

Kyoto City Heiankyo Soseikan
At the “Classic Day Memorial, Heiankyo Soseikan, Kyoto City”, which was built in the place that was the government office of the capital during the Heian period, the “Heiankyo Restoration Model” 1/1000, where you can understand the appearance of the capital at a glance, the emperor has a feast. “Toyorakuden Restoration Model” 1/20, “Toba Rikyu Restoration Model” 1/1000, “Hossho-ji Restoration Model” 1/100, which was restored based on the results of the excavation survey, are exhibited. The ancient city-Heiankyo-will be revived. There is also an experience corner where you can take a commemorative photo while wearing Heian costume. You can enjoy learning while experiencing Heiankyo.

Kyoto Art Center
Aiming at the comprehensive promotion of art in Kyoto, the former Meirin Elementary School was renovated to support various art activities, collect and disseminate information about art, and promote exchanges between citizens and artists through art. , Opened in April 2000. In the renovation, we focused on the history of Meirin Elementary School and the cultural property value of the building (reconstructed in 1931), and utilized the existing facilities as much as possible.

In addition to supporting young artists by providing a “production room” used as a rehearsal hall and atelier, performances and exhibitions of various genres such as theater, dance, music, and art are held in auditoriums, halls, free spaces, and galleries. In addition, we are also implementing a project to inherit traditional performing arts, a pioneering project aiming to create a new art culture, and an artist-in-residence program. There are also facilities that can be used freely, such as a cafe, library, and information corner.

KYOTO Butohkan
Butoh is an avant-garde dance that took place in Japan in the late 1950s. Its unique style, which expresses the physicality and spirituality of the Japanese people, is a new challenge that completely overturns the conventional wisdom of dance aesthetics, and has had a great impact and influence on the dance world later. .. The ART COMPLEX Group has launched a project entitled “Butohkan Project” and has planned activities aimed at creating opportunities to appreciate Butoh in Japan. As a part of that activity, we aim to create a situation where you can see butoh if you go to Kyoto by setting up a permanent theater and holding long-run performances.

Funaokayama Park
The park is located in the northwestern part of Funaokayama, which is adjacent to Takeisao Shrine, and has an area of ​​about 56,200 square meters. The city view from near the top is outstanding. Promenades extend through thickets such as azaleas and hagi, and there are Azuma and wisteria trellis.

Kyoto Prefectural Citizen’s Hall “Arti”
The electric elevating floor is divided into 94 floors on the first floor, allowing you to create a stage and audience seats that maximize the appeal of the performance, and create a variety of effects. It is used by many people, including the citizens of the prefecture, as a place for various performing arts such as music, dance, and theater, and as a place for art appreciation. We also hold a number of sponsored performances that deliver top-notch domestic and international performances such as music and theater.

Famous places and historic sites

Flower arrangement Ikenobo Iemoto Tombstone
Ike no Taiga’s graveyard
Shiramine Jingu
Fujii Umon’s house trace
Kitano Tenmangu
Nijo Jinya
Shiramine Jingu
Kano Motonobu Residence Ruins
Saiin Kasuga Shrine
Land of Hirano Kuniomi Martyrdom
Suika Tenmangu Shrine
Dogen Zen Master Shows the Land of Lonely
Yamazaki Ansai Residence Ruins
Honpo-ji Temple
Namikawa Tenmin Kogakusho Ruins
Kyoto Prefectural Office
Kobunin ruins
Hokyoji Temple
Site of the Suzakuin
Kanin Ruins
Nanbanji Ruins
Site of Kyoto Shugoshoku Mansion
Taikyokuden Ruins
NTT West
Remains of a teacher’s office (mission hall)
Suzakumon Ruins
Takamatsu palace ruins
The ruins of Ito Jinsai’s house (Kogido) and the library
Sugawara-in Tenmangu Shrine
Ruins of Ashikaga Shogun Muromachi
Tomioka Tessai Residence Ruins
Ruins of Tou Sanjoin
Nawa Nagatoshi, the land of death
Kyoto Sumo Last Yokozuna Tombstone
Daihoonji Temple (Senbon Shakado)
Honnoji Ruins
Shinsengumi Ruins
Site of the Headquarters
Karin of Goo Shrine
Satsuma feudal clan residence ruins
St. Agnes Church
Karasuma Oike
The ruins of Yamana Sozen’s mansion
Genji Horikawakan Ruins
Reizen-in site
Kitano Tea Ceremony
Suzuka Mountains
Toyorakuden Ruins


Kyoto Shibori Museum
A museum specializing in tie-dyeing located near Nijo Castle. The sophisticated technique and beauty of tie-dyeing in Kyoto are highly evaluated as arts and crafts such as western clothing, foreheads, and folding screens, and their masterpieces are specially released. The popular squeeze scarf dyeing is the only one in Japan where you can squeeze a silk cloth and experience dyeing. English is also available.

The unnamed building is located in Rokkakucho, a part of the wholesale district of Kyoto kimono, “Muromachi”, and the building is a table house structure that can be said to be typical of the Kyoto merchants who traded white cloth wholesalers. It consists of a store, a residence, a storehouse, two gardens connecting them, and a street garden. By looking at a number of daily crafts (small sleeves from the Edo period, etc.), you can remember the lifestyle culture of Kyoto merchants from Edo to the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras.

Nishijin Textile Center
Nishijin-ori general PR building. In addition to visiting the historical materials room and the kimono show that is performed every day, and selling Nishijin-ori products, there are also plenty of kimono experiences and hand-woven experiences unique to Nishijin. At the purely domestic silk weaving workshop, you can observe demonstrations by craftsmen, sericulture and sitting, and also exhibit and sell products woven using purely domestic silk thread.

Nishijinori Asagi Museum
Encounter a masterpiece expressed by Nishijin-ori, an art of weaving that is extremely delicate. It is a museum specializing in Nishijin-ori to convey the splendor and beauty of Nishijin-ori, which is a traditional industry that Japan is proud of in the world. You can see Nishijin-ori in the form of folding screens and frames, not just in the form of obi. Not only Japanese paintings but also Impressionist works are expressed in Nishijin-ori. You can enjoy the gorgeous world of Nishijin-ori.

Suzuki Ichizome Collection
Suzuki’s dyeing and weaving collection room where you can learn about the charm and fun of genuine fissures. The exhibition is divided into four seasons. First of all, it is important to see the real thing, and a collection room to help develop the eyes to distinguish the cracks.

Tea Ceremony Museum
The Tea Ceremony Museum holds a special exhibition on Chanoyu, and is an art museum that mainly exhibits tea utensils such as kakemono, tea bowls, and flowers, related arts and crafts, and historical documents. In the display room on the 2nd floor, there is a full-scale copy of “Yuin”, one of the tea rooms representing Urasenke, along with “Konichian”, and you can tour the tea room. I can.

Chushin Art Museum
The museum has a charming Southern European-style exterior, with rounded light orange walls, a copper-thatched roof, a gate with a spiral chain motif, and an Italian iron door designed with flowers and insects. In addition to special exhibitions, we regularly hold exhibitions centered on works of art such as paintings owned by the Chuo Shinkin Art Encouragement Fund and Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank.

Raku Museum
It is built adjacent to the Raku ware kiln and the Raku family. It has been more than 450 years since the first Chojiro, and the collection of tea utensils, crafts, related ancient documents, etc., centered on the works of the Kaku family, exceeds 1,200. “Special appreciation tea ceremony” and “touching tea bowl appreciation party” are held by the works of the past, and you can actually appreciate it with your hands.

Masutomi Geoscience Center
The Masutomi Geoscience Center is a gathering place for people who are interested in earth science, and in addition to research facilities, it holds more than 10,000 earth science-related books and is open to members. In the specimen exhibition room, about 15,000 specimens of minerals, fossils, rocks, etc. from all over the world are exhibited, and domestic specimens are classified by prefecture and open to the public. In addition to conducting earth science classes for young people and training for various groups (reservations required), the museum also holds regular lectures, field tours, and gatherings for the general public and members of earth science groups. In addition, we hold an exhibition and spot sale event “Stone Mysterious Discovery Exhibition” in which more than 200 companies from all over the world exhibit, and carry out mineral appraisal tests on a nationwide scale.

Gohki Endoh Museum
A collection and exhibition of about 2000 works by Gohki Endoh, an existing artist in Kyoto-oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings. You can appreciate the whole picture of Endo art from the beginning to the new work. A three-story reinforced concrete model modeled on a Greek temple. The interior of the building has a unique space created by the decorative design of Naranoki, such as the exposed concrete walls and the handrails of the front entrance and stairs.

Kyoto International Manga Museum
A new cultural facility that has both a museum-like function and a library-like function for collecting, storing, and exhibiting manga and conducting research on manga culture, as a joint project between Kyoto City and Kyoto Seika University. There are about 300,000 manga materials, including valuable historical materials such as Meiji magazines and postwar book rentals, current popular works, and overseas works. Of these, 50,000 manga books can be freely read anywhere in the museum. The building utilizes the school building of the former Tatsuike Elementary School, which was built in 1945, and retains the appearance of that time. You can participate in manga-related workshops and caricature corners mainly on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. In “Emu-Emu Kamishibai”, you can see a nostalgic picture-story show.

The Tale of Genji
Faithfully restored “Genji Monogatari Emaki”, a cultural heritage that Japan is proud of in the world (all national treasures), at Kyoyuzen. Approved by Tokugawa Reimeikai. Exhibition / Kyoyuzen National Treasure Genji Monogatari Emaki, Kyoyuzen National Treasure Genji Monogatari Folding Screen, Genji Monogatari 54 Pledge Wakashu (Collection of Tokugawa Art Museum, approved by Tokugawa Reimeikai). Experience / Hand-drawn Kyoto Yuzen experience corner. If you wish, please make a reservation by the day before. You will be asked to create your own hand-drawn Kyo Yuzen work.

Nakagawa Photo Gallery
Nakagawa Photo Gallery was opened on March 1, 1993 in Kita-ku, Kyoto. The camera obscura (photo mirror) was first installed in Japan, and it was a gallery displaying photographic equipment and photographs, but it will be closed at the end of July this year. We thank you for your warm encouragement and support. In the future, Nakagawa Photo Gallery will change its name to NPG and would like to disseminate a new culture related to Kyoto in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City. We look forward to working with you in the future.

Onishi Seiwemon Museum
In Sanjo Kamanza, Kyoto, the tea ceremony kettle and tea utensils that have been handed down to the Onishi family, the ten masters of the Senke, who have maintained the tradition and skill of the tea ceremony kettle for about 400 years, are open to the public. During the exhibition period, events such as tea ceremony and lectures, “ornamental party” in which parents and children participate, and appreciation party where you can enjoy while touching the masterpieces of the tea ceremony pot are held.

Kyoto City Archaeological Museum
Approximately 1,000 archaeological materials from the Paleolithic period to the Edo period excavated in the excavation survey of Kyoto City are exhibited. Illustrations and replicas are used to explain the combination of photo panels and relics in an easy-to-understand manner, and there is also a corner where you can touch and observe the excavated items.

Heian Aristocracy Living and Culture Exhibition Room
In 1987, an archaeological excavation of buried cultural properties prior to the construction of the research park discovered the remains of a large-scale mansion during the Heian period (mid-9th century), so an exhibition room was set up to give an overview of the remains. It is also called “the original form of Shinden-zukuri” because of the layout of the building. There is a huge model 3.5 meters long and 2.2 meters wide, which is a 1 / 40th size restoration of the old mansion, and you can get a glimpse of the life of a gorgeous aristocrat.

Kyogashi Museum
Founded in 1755, the museum of Tawaraya Yoshitomi, a long-established confectionery store that represents Kyoto. Based on the concept of “I want to convey the culture of Kyoto sweets to as many people as possible,” ancient documents and paintings about Kyoto sweets, models of Japanese sweets, and sugar art sweets are on display. Sugar art confectionery is a work of art that reproduces flowers and birds using sugar, and the permanent exhibition is valuable. Lastly, at the tea ceremony “Shounken” in the hall, we would like you to enjoy matcha tea, Tawaraya Yoshitomi’s famous confectionery “Unryu” and seasonal namagashi.

Kitano Tenmangu Treasure Hall
The treasure hall was built in 1927 using the best technology of the time when Japanese and Western styles were mixed as a commemorative project of the Mando Matsuri. The collection includes a large number of exhibits, including the national treasure Kitano Tenjin Engi Emaki, the Kitano Tea Ceremony (Ocha no Yuzu), and Sugawara no Michizane’s favorite Matsukaze inkstone.

Nishijin Living Museum Tondaya
It is a typical “Omotesando-style” townhouse built in 1887. (Designated as a nationally registered tangible cultural property) You will hear the story of a year-long event that has been carefully protected by a townhouse that has been built for about 130 years, and you will visit the space (eel bed) that extends to the back.

Machiya Tenugui Gallery
A gallery on the second floor of Eirakuya Hosotsuji Ibei Shoten, a long-established cotton cloth dealer that has been in business for over 400 years, that conveys the culture of Machiya tenugui. The valuable collection that was a hint when reprinting the Machiya tenugui made from the Meiji era to the early Showa era is exhibited.

Costume Museum
The Tale of Genji’s Rokujoin’s mansion “Spring Palace” is made with a quarter-sized model, and the colorful costumes are embodied in the same color pattern as the story, and at the same time, a part of the full-scale doll, furnishings, and Shinden-zukuri are exhibited. However, it revives the world of The Tale of Genji, which was only touched on in books and picture scrolls.

Tin Toy and Doll Museum
Mainly in the Showa era, about 3,000 items from more than 15,000 items in the museum’s collection, such as nostalgic tin toys and celluloid dolls, are on permanent display. We replace about 10% a month. There is also a corner for corporate characters such as Astro Boy, Tetsujin 28-go, and Peko-chan. In particular, 300 domestic tin cars and 300 ultra monsters are a must-see! We are also holding a special exhibition at the same time. In addition to exhibitions, we also sell, rent, search for toys, rent exhibition spaces, doll memorial services, and accept donations.

Events / festivals

Thousand Shaka Nembutsu
Go through Tanabata Komachi
Funaoka Festival
Ujigami Festival
Natsukoshi Dairei Ceremony
Shinsen-en Garden Dainenbutsu Kyogen
Goo Grand Festival
Citizen’s Tea Ceremony (Autumn)
Mibu Kyogen
Martial Arts Prosperity Encouragement Festival
Chudoji Rokusai Nenbutsu
Yoko Festival
Hiiragi Daimeijin Festival / Setsubun Festival
Tokyo Takigi Noh
Xiaoshanxiang Rokusai Nenbutsu
Nijo Castle Kansakura Tea Ceremony
Hokyoji Doll Exhibition
Fujihana Festival
Citizen’s Sencha Association (Spring)
Doll memorial service
Thousand Enmado Daimenbu Kyogen
Wakana Festival
Go back to Kitano
Regular festival
Flower Festival (Flower memorial service)
Fire Festival
Daikon radish and Bodhi Day memorial service
Kuya-do Kaisan Memorial
Seidai Myojin Festival
Senbon Rokusai Nenbutsu
Tea ceremony
Spring Festival
Pottery market
Moon-viewing festival (lighting festival)
Tomonooyashiro Festival
Morning shift
Mibu Rokusai Nenbutsu