During the transition of Edo era to Meiji era, Western Europe had a huge influence on our culture, lifestyle and architecture. In Kyoto, you can visit several historical modern examples of architectures and come to understand the life of the Modern era, from the 19th and 20th centuries in Kyoto.

Lake Biwa Canal, Lake Biwa Sosui Museum is near Nanzenji, in the eastern part of Kyoto. Old facilities and Incline are kept from that time and everyone can walk around there. It is particularly great to visit in Spring time to see cherry blossoms too.

Tunnel to Lake Biwa Canal

Lake Biwa Canal, Biwa Museum of Kyoto

Kansai Electric Power’s building

Kansai Electric Power’s building

Incline between Keage and Nanzenji to carry rice, soy sauce and sake

Incline

Incline boat

Incline

Incline route

Incline

Incline boart

Doushisha University, Chorakukan, Kyoto National Museum are also examples of modern architecture in Kyoto.

I prefer to visit the Former Main Building of Kyoto’s Prefectural office, near Kyoto Gosho, because I can take photos with various light at different times. Opening hours are 10:00 to 17:00 from Tuesday to Friday and my recommended time to visit is early evening.

Stairs at Kyoto’s Prefectural office

Stairs at Kyoto’s Prefectural office

Former Governor’s room

Former Governor’s room

Corridors

Corridors