Visitor Information

Located at the northern end of the Takase River, the Kiyamachi-Nijo district is not only the birthplace of Shimadzu Corporation, but was also the cradle of modern Japanese science. Here, at the beginning of the Meiji period, Kyoto Prefecture established a number of laboratories, factories, and other industrial facilities using the latest technologies from Europe and the United States. Today, the district is a quiet place that epitomizes the historical atmosphere of Kyoto. The two-storey wooden buildings are a reminder of the days when Genzo Shimadzu Senior and Junior lived here and used such buildings as their storefront.

Address and
Contact Information

Kiyamachi Nijo Minami, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0921,Japan
Tel : +81-75-255-0980 
Fax : +81-75-255-0985

Entrance Fee

Adults : 300 yen 
Junior and Senior High School Students : 200 yen 
Elementary School or Younger : Free

Groups (20% discount for groups of 20 or more) : Reservations required, with guided tours available on request


9:30 to 17:00 (entrance until 16:30)


Wednesdays (except on national holidays) and at the end / beginning of each year

  • By City Bus :
    About a 3-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae bus stop
  • By Tozai Line Subway :
    About a 3-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae station, Exit 2
  • By Keihan Line Train :
    About a 7-minute walk from Sanjo station
  • Please note that the Memorial Hall does not provide public parking.

For School Groups

Kyoto is replete with Japanese historical and cultural assets. This district offers both tradition and a concentration of enterprises involved in unique cutting-edge technologies. This memorial hall is one of only a few corporate facilities where exhibits dealing with cultural assets, tradition, and unique cutting-edge technologies are on public display. Here, visitors can experience the fun of physics and chemistry while learning about a range of things. The displays deal with everything from Kyoto's history during the Meiji period to the technology that resulted in Koichi Tanaka being awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Our staff can answer questions and lead tours tailored to specific grade levels. We hope that elementary and high school groups will take advantage of this service.

For Elementary School Students

Worksheets (in Japanese only) are available with simple questions for you to answer as you walk through the museum. You will each receive a souvenir of your trip to Shimadzu Foundation Memorial Hall after your answers are checked! You can also use the hall as a way to study on your own over the summer vacation.

Experiments you can try
How collisions work / How movies work / Center of gravity experiments / Magic mirrors and more

Information about Navigation app for visitors



The app can be downloaded to your smartphone or tablet
and used inside the memorial hall.
(Available in four languages: Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean)
Please bring your own headset for the audio guide.
Install the app before visiting to ensure that your visit goes smoothly.

  • Download on the app Store
  • Get it on Google Play