Guide to Konpira Emakan Museum and Konpira Hall

Konpira Emakan Museum

Konpira Emakan Museum Photo Konpira Emakan Museum Photo

Japanese ancestors since ancient times used to believe that divine spirits descend riding on horses.
From this belief a custom of offering live horses to the gods during rituals and prayers has emerged.
It appears that this custom later evolved from the offering of live horses to offering clay and wooden horses, so-called standing horse boards and pictures on boards, leading to present day votive tablets.

Konpira Emakan Museum is the first ema votive tablets gallery that was opened in 1976, after reconstruction of the old Ema Hall carried on with care not to damage the original beauty of its architecture, to preserve and display ema votive tablets that are samples of Japanese original religious art.
Since there is a trend to regard ema votive tablets as forgotten cultural assets we would be glad if our hall became a good opportunity for visitors to view the art of original Japanese Ema votive tablets.

○Open hours:10:00 to 16:00
○Admission fee: adults 500 yen/ below high school 400 yen   Children under elementary school age  Free (also applies to admission to the Hall of Glass)
○Closed day Mondays (if a national holiday then the next day) and the end of the year
○Time required about 30 minutes

The Room with Glass Exposition

The Room with Glass Exposition Photo

In the room a 19 century Art Nouveau (Émile Gallé, Nancy Daum), Art Deco (René Lalique), Paste of Glass Technique (Emeric Walter, Argy-Rousseau). The masterpiece of the collection is a monumental work by contemporary American Industrial Artist Dale Chihuly called “The god of the sea” (made especially for this room) which is to be viewed through transparent floor 3m x 4m in size.
Huge pieces of shellfish shaped glass art overlap one another creating mysterious beauty and overwhelming power.
Refer to the website below for details concerning Dale Chihuly.
>> For details click here (Dale Chihuly web site)

○Open hours:10:00 to 16:00
○Admission fee common with the Konpira Ema Museum
○Closed day  Mondays (if a national holiday then the next day) and the end of the year

Konpira Hall

Konpira Hall Tsuru no Ma Photo Konpira Hall Senmen no Ma Photo

This hall facing a Japanese garden is widely available to the public and is open for rent as a meeting place of constructed in a pure Japanese style. It is suited for presentations and rehearsals of various performing arts, an exhibition room for Japanese Kimono and as a place for conducting various classes.

It is conveniently located only 1 minute walk from city bus stop “Higashiyama Yasui” or a 15 minute walk from “Gion Shijo” station of Keihan railway, as well as “Kawaramachi” station of Hankyu railway. There is also has a parking space available for those visiting by car.
To apply for rent or to ask for details contact the shrine office.

The Crane hall (Tsuru no Ma)

This is a spacious hall size of 30 tatami mats facing a garden on the south side. The alcove is decorated with a work of pine, bamboo and plum by Momokazu Shinohara and on the sliding doors there are paintings of one thousand golden and silver cranes.

Up to first 2 hours 10,000 yen
Every hour after that 3,000 yen

Tea ceremony room (The Fan Room, Senmen no Ma)

Japanese style room facing a garden, of 10 tatami mat size. As there is a place cut out for a fireplace, it is naturally suited for tea ceremony, but is also suited for gatherings of haiku poets or other meetings with small number of participants.
The sliding doors and door pockets of alcove shelves are everywhere decorated with fan paintings of nature pictures painted by the artist Genbei Kamei.

1 day 10,000 yen

Small room

There are 2 rooms size of 6 tatami mats, with scenes from famous Tale of Genji expressing the seasons painted on the sliding doors.

1 day 5,000 yen

※If the tea prepared by the shrine is used, additional charges of 2000 yen apply

Where to call

Yasui Konpiragu
70, Shimobentencho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0823, Japan
TEL:(075) 561-5127 / FAX:(075) 532-2036

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