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  • Host organization

    May Inc.

  • Address

    KAGANHOTEL, 99 Sujakuhozo-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8846 Japan

  • Website

Objective KAGANHOTEL seeks to become a new cultural and creative hub where emerging artists can live and work within the unique environment of Kyoto’s central market.
Organization activities -Artist in Residence program
-Residents are free to plan their own exhibitions, workshops, and events
-On-site rental spaces
-Part-time work opportunity
-Opportunity to interact with hotel guests
Founded in November 2019
Background The co-founder Kusakabe is inspired by her painter mother to launch KAGANHOTEL. She tries to provide low-cost studio environment and platform for earning by artist selves.
Location / Environment KAGANHOTEL is located in Kyoto’s bustling Central Market in the western part of the city. This area is an important hub which supports restaurants and shops throughout Kyoto. Early in the morning the area is filled with the sights and sounds of vendors preparing and shipping out their produce. For those seeking fresh air and open spaces, Umekoji park and Kyoto Aquarium are a short walk away.By renovating what was once a crucial building to the central market’s produce distribution, KAGANHOTEL acknowledges the history of the area and seeks to responsibly contribute to the growth and prosperity of the neighborhood.
99 Sujakuhozo-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8846 Japan
080-4022-0792(in Japanese)
070-2825-0265(in English)
Person in contact: Toshiyo Kusakabe

Facility information

Studio informationAvailable

Semi-private studios in shared basement space (up to 70 sq. m.); Concrete flooring, concrete walls and wood partitions


1. Long-term accommodation/shared-house floor:
Private rooms for resident artists (10 single-occupancy wood-flooring rooms)
Shared living, kitchen, washroom, showers (2), toilets (2), washing machines (2), bicycle and vehicle parking available

2. Short-term accommodation/hostel floor:
Private rooms (3 single-occupancy rooms, 3 bunk-bed rooms, 4 shared-bed rooms; concrete flooring)
Shared toilets(4), bathtub and shower (1), sink, hot water dispenser, microwave, bicycle and vehicle parking available

3. Hotel accommodation
Please contact us for more information:

Presentation spaceAvailable

B1: up to 34.5 sq. m. basement gallery, concrete floor, concrete walls, 1 section drywall1F: 2 booths (22 sq. m., 26.1 sq. m.)
Artists are encouraged to plan exhibitions and events that utilize space.


BY TRAIN : 5-minute walk from JR Umekoji-Kyoto West Station, 10-minute walk from JR Tanbaguchi Station

FROM AIRPORT : App. 2 hours from Kansai airport by
train or bus. Departing and arriving at JR Kyoto station, located 10-minute by JR Sanin train to KAGANHOTEL.

BY BUS : 7-minute walk from Umekoji park / Kyoto Train Museum station, 4-minute walk from Nanajosenbon Bus Stop.

Open calls

Currently there is no program available for application.