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Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa

Objective The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation.

The Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa offers German artists and creators the opportunity to live and work in Japan on a three-month scholarship. The residency in Kyoto aims to provide inspiration and artistic orientation for the scholarship holders. In direct, personal exchanges with the local cultural scene, they develop new projects and establish reliable working contacts with Japanese cultural institutions and creators.
Organization activities -Artists-in-residence program
-Symposium, Talk, Film, Exhibitions, Concerts and other events.
-Information service on German arts and culture through website, Facebook.
-German language courses
-Rental hall service
Founded in 1963
Background The Goethe-Institut in Kyoto was founded in 1963. In 1983, the Institute moved to its present location along the Kamogawa River, in a new building owned by the Federal Republic of Germany. The Institute has held events related to German culture and art, as well as German language courses, and has been popularly known as the "German Cultural Centre" to the Japanese public. Following renovation in autumn 2010, the Institute has been running an artist-in-residence programme since April 2011.
Location / Environment The Villa Kamogawa is located in a quiet aria overviewing the Kamo River, between the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kyoto University.
Program introduction (video) YouTube channel
Contact Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa
Kawahara-cho 19-3 Yoshida, Sakyo-ku Kyoto, 606-8305 Japan
TEL: 075-761-2188
FAX: 075-752-9133

Facility information

Studio informationAvailable

4 fully equipped artist apartments with working space (approx. 60 sq.m. each)


4 fully equipped artist apartments with working space (approx. 60 sq.m. each), shared kitchen and lounge for all artists, library, Café, event hall, etc.

Presentation spaceAvailable

Event Hall etc.


By bus:
From the bus-stop “Kôjinguchi” (City Bus): 5 minutes walk.
From the bus-stop “Kôjinbashi” (Kyoto Bus): 2 minutes walk
(30 minutes from JR-Kyoto-Station)

By train:
From the Keihan-Line “Jingu-Marutamachi” station: 6 minutes walk.
From the Keihan-Line “Demachiyanagi” station: 8 minutes walk.

Open calls

Currently there is no program available for application.