Kikkoman Goyogura


The Goyogura is the home of Goyogura Soy Sauce, which is delivered to Japan’s Imperial Household Agency. The Relocation Project involved moving this culturally important facility to another site within Kikkoman’s Noda Factory. The Former Goyogura, which evoked a castle design, was built to commemorate the “2,600th year of the Imperial Era” in 1939 and had been brewing soy sauce ever since.

The concept for this transfer was “Tradition and Innovation,” with the new approach area reproducing the aesthetic of the sequence existing before the transfer. Glass boxes were placed in the former inner courtyard to add state-of-the-art display technology and to expand the exhibition area. This exhibition space shows how the manufacture of soy sauce has evolved and invites visitors to experience traditional soy sauce brewing methods.


Location: Noda, Chiba
Floors: 2 aboveground
Structure: W
Design period: May 2009 – March 2010
Construction period: April 2010 – Dec. 2010
Site area: 92,326 m²
Building area: 345 m²
Total floor area: 469 m²


2011 Good Design Award
2011 JIA Award / Excellence in Architecture