1F Kyoto Art Center. The ruins of the former Meirin Elementary School


In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Maeda Coffee Meirin,
the kitchen has been reborn as contemporary art.

Teppei Kinji (contemporary artist) and Toshikatsu Ienari (architect) collaborated to create a contemporary art work tower (KITCHEN) set in the Meirin store.
Artists and local people. With students from many schools in Kyoto.Both feel cozy and stimulating in front of the tower (KITCHEN) at this store.And with this in mind, it would be great if we could create a place where both parties could connect, such as holding workshops and programs. I think that is the future role of Maeda Coffee, which has been running shops in this area for many years.


The first floor of a building that is over 80 years.
The content has an atmosphere that feels like Kyoto and modern.

"Meirin store" entered the classroom on the first floor as a cafe when the building of Meirin Elementary School, closed in 1993, was reborn as the Kyoto Art Center. The 80-year-old building, which is located in the Hoko town and has the image of a float and Spanish-style decoration, has a modern feel and is highly valuable as a cultural property, and is also a place for theater and art presentations. I am.

Opening hours / Closed day
10:00-21:30 / Gion Festival (July 14-16), Year-end and New Year holidays (Dec 28 - Jan 4) / No smoking in the cafe (smoking only on the terrace)
Phone number
1F Kyoto Art Center. Yamabushiyama-cho 546-2, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto. 604-8156
5 minutes walk from "KARASUMA STATION” on the Hankyu Railway, Kyoto-Line or "SHIJO STATION" on the subway, Karasuma-Line.

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