Within the automotive culture of the West, a century-long history of evaluating and appreciating the artistic qualities of automobiles exists and cars are recognized in much the same way as traditional handicrafts and works of art such as paintings and sculptures are. That history exists because the automobile has transcended its initial status as a vehicle merely for satisfying the desire to move, becoming the ultimate crystallization of technology and design in numerous fields, including engineering and body design.
The culture of holding competitions around this craftsmanship and celebrating the most outstanding creations lives on in the automotive world today. This culture is one of splendor and tradition, and it provides the meaning behind the name Concorso d'Eleganza: Competition of Elegance.
Following in the footsteps of this Western history and culture, Concorso d'Eleganza Kyoto was held for the first time in Japan in 2016 at Nijo Castle, the former Imperial Residence, and again in 2018.
After the great success of these editions Concorso d'Eleganza Kyoto has been held again, in the same precious and unique location, on April 13th and 14th 2019, obtaining official FIVA approval (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), and becoming the most important Concorso in Asia.
Legendary vintage cars, Award winners of many concours events throughout the world, and precious cars which might only be seen once in a lifetime, have been exhibited at the Nijo Castle (Kyoto, Japan), a special location with more than 400 years of history, designated as World Heritage Site patrimony, by UNESCO in 1994. This Exhibition of Concours has taken place in the areas of the Nijo Castle including the Courtyard of Ninomaru Palace, the Front Garden of the Kitchen, and the Kitchen; all these areas are normally closed to the public, but have been exceptionally opened on the occasion of this exclusive event.
Concorso d'Eleganza Kyoto will be held again in 2020 and dates will be officialized soon!