Asahi Shimbun Kyoto Factory
- The reader’s hall has letterpress tools from the early Showa period and panels carrying photos of those bygone days
The latest in newspaper printing technology and environmental conservation
Located in the historically famous area of Fushimi, the Asahi Shimbun Kyoto Factory prints and dispatches the daily morning and evening newspapers to areas like Kyoto, Shiga, part of Osaka and Fukui.
Fushimi was chosen as the base because it has good motorway access, so newspapers will get to their destinations quicker. And, thanks to some large-sized rotary press equipment (capable of printing up to 180,000 newspapers per hour) and a leading-edge computer to plate system that makes the most of IT, printing time has been shortened even further to get the paper to readers even quicker. Moreover, a big plus here is the fact that film developing and the disposal of that waste have become things of the past.
Now, here is the good news, this plant is open to public viewing – so, visitors can watch the evening news being printed, visit the reader’s hall, and receive a commemorative edition of the newspaper and ball pen to celebrate their visit.
|Address||23-3 Yoko-oji Shimomisu Jonomae-cho, Fushimi-ku|
|Hours||12:10~13:20 · 13:50~15:00 ※Reservation required at least 3 days prior to visit|
|Closed||Sun, Nat Hols, New Year Hols|
|Access||A 20-min walk from Keihan Chushojima Stn/Very close to Shimomisu Stop of City Bus|
|Parking||Available (Free but must be booked when making visit reservation)|
Facilities near by
Jonan-gu Shrine Sacred Garden and Suiseki-tei Gallery
A garden passing on the essence of the Heian Dynasty
Fushimi Castle Excavated Relics Exhibition Room
Roof tiles that speak of a castle’s magnificence
Kyoto City Southern Resources Recycle Center
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
The processes that go into the sake enjoyed in Fushimi and the history too