About Kinosaki International Arts Center (KIAC)

Kinosaki International Arts Center (KIAC) is a residential facility for creation of performing arts, located in a onsen district of Toyooka City in Hyogo Prefecture. Inaugurated in 2014 after the renovation of the former Kinosaki Convention Hall, the center is structured with a main hall, six studios, residence facility where maximum of 22 people can be accommodated, a shared kitchen and other spaces. Since its opening, KIAC has been highly acclaimed for the fact that artists can stay as if living in Kinosaki, while fully concentrating on their creation.
Throughout the year, the center offers an Artist-in-Residence program for artists and companies selected among applicants to the annual open call and supports their creation. Artists can stay at the center for a minimum of three days and a maximum of three months, with no facility charges and accommodation fees. The facilities are available for 24 hours a day. The mission of the center is to send out excellent performances to the world and to create an environment where the local community can access to the diverse artistic activities through the “Meet the Artist” programs like work-in-progress presentation and workshops. On top of that, since 2016, the center actively pursues to enhance its function as a theater and art center, by producing and presenting two or three performances a year, organizing outreach workshops at schools and nursing homes and offering the training program of internship.

Photo: Madoka Nishiyama

Hours & Services

Opening Hours



Tuesdays and winter holiday season ※The following day if Tuesday is a public holiday


Free ※Note that ticket purchases or advance reservations are necessary for the events

Parking space

Available for 20 cars (admission free)


Hall / Theater

Photo: Madoka Nishiyama

We have renovated the main hall to accommodate up to 1,000 people. 500 mobile seats are usually arranged in a theatrical style best suited for small productions or dance pieces, but can be moved and rearranged to suit any type of performance.
Blackout possible
mobile seat units (500 seats) / temporary seat units (W12.6m, 7steps)
Dressing Room

6 studios are available for rehearsals and trial performances, dance, music, and visual art. Studios may also be used as a small theater for presentations, small performances, set construction, prop design, and more.

  • Studio 1
    size: 79 ㎡ / height: 3.65m / floor: wooden / sound facilities

  • Studio 2
    size: 48 ㎡ / height: 2.5m / floor: carpet / soundproof

  • Studio 3
    size: 41 ㎡ / height: 2.35m / floor: wooden

  • Studio 4
    size: 61 ㎡ / height: 2.35m / floor: wooden / mirror and ballet bar

  • Studio 5
    size: 55 ㎡ / height: 3.25m / floor: wooden

  • Studio 6
    size: 27 ㎡ / height: 3.25m floor: wooden

Photo: Madoka Nishiyama



7 residences accommodate up to 22 people.

  • Western-style room
    Washroom / Wi-Fi available / Air conditioned

  • Western-style room
    Washroom / Wi-Fi available / Air conditioned

  • Japanese-style room
    Washroom / Wi-Fi available / Air conditioned

  • Kitchen

  • Dining Room

Photo: Madoka Nishiyama



Kinosaki International Arts Center
20 minutes walk from Kinosaki Onsen station

  • By Air plain

    Kounotori Tajima Airport
    35 min from Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport)
    2 hours from Haneda Airport (via Osaka International Airport)

  • By Train

    JR Kinosaki Onsen Station
    2h30m from Osaka Station
    2h30m from Sannomiya Station
    2h20m from Kyoto Station
    1h40m from Himeji Station

  • By Bus

    Zentan Bus Kinosaki Onsen Station
    3h30m from Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto

  • By Car

    3h from Osaka, Kobe
    ■ Route 1 【Chugoku Expressway】→ Yokawa JCT →【Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway】→ Kasuga IC →【Kitakinki-Toyooka Expressway】→ Tajima Airport IC → Local road
    ■ Route 2 【Chugoku Expressway】→ Fukuzaki IC →【Bantan Renraku Toll Road】→ Wadayama IC →【Kitakinki-Toyooka Expressway】→ Tajima Airport IC → Local road

    3h from Kyoto
    【Kyoto Jukan Expressway】→ Kyotango Omiya IC → Local road

    2h from Himeji
    【Bantan Renraku Toll Road】→ Wadayama IC →【Kitakinki-Toyooka Expressway】→ Tajima Airport IC → Local road