We are proud to announce that the Kajiimiya Gate, which stands at the front entrance of HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO, has been registered as a Tangible Cultural Property (Structures) by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Registered Tangible Cultural Properties include historic buildings that are at least 50 years old and have been evaluated for their contribution to the historical landscape of the country.
The Kajiimiya Gate was built in 1703 and originally stood in the Kawaramachi Imadegawa area of Kyoto as the entranceway to the Kajiimiya Palace. In 1935, the gate was moved to its current location to serve as the entrance to Kyoto home of the Kitake, the Executive branch of the Mitsui family, which had maintained a property on the site for over 250 years.
The gate itself, which is over 300 years old, recently underwent a full restoration by a team of master craftsmen, which was completed in November 2020 in time for the grand opening of HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO.