Succession of tradition, creation of dreamy spaces
Toei Studios Kyoto
Toei Studios Kyoto (TSK) was originally established in 1926 as the Uzumasa Studio of Bantsuma Production and is the most traditional business of Toei. Due to its history, people often relate TSK to period dramas, and many other companies still visit seeking our expertise in period-drama creation for their productions. However, TSK has been noted for high production capabilities regardless of genres, represented by a number of hits, including chivalry Japanese-gangster (yakuza) films, documentary-style yakuza films, and the Gokudo no Onna-tachi (Yakuza’s Ladies) series. Additionally, TSK has as many as 13 sound stages, including Toei's largest sound stage, Actors Building, as well as the Technology Building, having produced many huge movies. Due to its location in Kyoto, foreign filmmakers often want to use it as a base when they shoot in Japan. Because it also is positioned as the parent facility of Toei Kyoto Studio Park, a major sightseeing spot, TSK is not only the business site of a private company but also plays a role in leading Japanese culture.
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
As the “first theme park in Japan” where you could see actual films be made live, Toei Studios Kyoto opened part of the sets to the public in 1975. The park gained huge popularity as a living studio where you could see actors and staff from period dramas up close, which contributed to the succession and development of the period-drama culture while gaining support from many visitors. In recent years, the park actively sponsored events for young people featuring superheroes and characters from videogames, as well as cultural exhibitions featuring the Edo and Japanese cultures, and is loved by visitors from inside and outside Japan as a sightseeing spot in Kyoto. We are currently working on renovation project for the site and will continue to advance so that we can further provide visitors with dreams and excitement.