Kyoto Kagaku
Welcome to Kyoto Kagaku
Here we introduce our history and current activities


Founded in Kyoto in 1891
A Pioneer of Medical and Nursing Educational Materials in Japan

Our roots can be traced back to 1891, when Shimadzu Corporation founder, Genzo Shimadzu Sr., began manufacturing scientific specimens for education.
In 1948, Kyoto Kagaku Co., Ltd. was established in order to continue the work being done by Shimadzu Corporation's specimens division. Initially, we manufactured and sold models, specimens, and experiment equipment for use in the life and earth sciences.
In the early 1950's, we began searching for new business opportunities and started creating replicas of cultural artifacts using new materials and manufacturing models for use beyond the scientific fields. Although we encountered many difficulties at first, the Japanese economy was booming, and we gradually grew our culture-related business. Eventually this business expanded beyond the creation of individual models and replicas to include other services, such as exhibit planning at cultural facilities.
In the sciences, we are contributing to education by expanding our business to include simulators and practice models that enhance the training of medical and nursing professionals.
Currently we are focusing our business resources on the medical training simulator and practice model field. We will continue to expand our field of vision from Kyoto to encompass the entire world, living up to our heritage as a pioneer and Japan's leading manufacturer of educational materials for medical and nursing training.

Company history
1891Shimadzu Corp. begins the manufacture of educational scientific specimens
1895Shimadzu Corp. establishes the educational scientific specimens division
1930Development of wood-pulp fiber mannequins
1944Shimadzu factory is closed due to World War II
1948Kyoto Kagaku Co., Ltd. is establishedphoto
1948The factory is reopened and trade with the U.S. resumes
1954Production of Buddhist statue replicas using synthetic resin
1967Commercial manufacture of resinous human skeleton modelsphoto
1995Kyoto begins offering educational programs for foreign trainees as part of the Japanese International Cultural Association (JICA) program
2000Development of the cardiology patient simulator "Simulator K," the company receives ISO 9001 certification
2003"Simulator K" and "LSAT" patented in the U.S., "EYE" Examination Simulator patented in Japan
2009Awarded the 43rd Good Company Grand Prize by The Small and Medium Enterprise Agency of Japanphoto
2010New headquarter and factory building opens in Kyoto, Japanphoto
2014Kyoto Kagaku America Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, is established in Torrance, Californiaphoto
2017Hong Kong representative office opens
2019European representative office opens in Frankfurt, Germany


The World's Only Manufacturer of Anatomical Models, Imaging Phantoms, and Simulators

As educational content evolves and medical technology becomes more sophisticated, we provide products that can be used by all healthcare providers.
This includes practice models that recreate the actual feel of the human body and sensation of inserting a syringe, auscultation practice models that produce realistic heartbeat and breathing noises, and phantoms that produce the same images as a real body when undergoing x-rays or ultrasound. In recent years, we have facilitated the spread of simulation-based education through a lineup of products equipped with systems that can recreate changes in a patient’s symptoms, evaluate performance, and provide feedback. Only Kyoto Kagaku can realize every step of creating these kinds of products inhouse, from development through to manufacture and supply.

Simulators and
training models
Product history
1948Kyoto Kagaku is established
1954Production of models for use in practical training announced, including vinyl child and infant models
1967Development of a phantom that has similar x-ray characteristics to the human body in partnership with Shimadzu Corp.
1980Launch of high performance nursing model "Keiko"
1982Phantom of an entire average human body completed
1985Launch of venipuncture and intravenous injection simulator
1995Launch of cardiology patient simulator "Ichiro"
2000Development of multi-purpose nursing model "SAKURA"
2005Launch of ultrasound examination training model "ECHOZY"
2006Launch of physical assessment simulator "Physiko"
2010Launch of Suture Evaluation Simulator
2015Launch of nursing patient care simulator "Keiko" for use in care work education and multi-purpose patient care simulator "Yaye," the successor to "SAKURA"
2017Launch of the multi-discipline hybrid simulator "SCENARIO"
2018Launch of maternity care simulators, including "Konoha"
2019Renewal of long-selling nursing care product lineup (including intravenous injection and urinary catheter models)


Made in Kyoto, Japan

Manufacturing unique products with unparalleled quality—this sums up Kyoto Kagaku’s approach to quality management. In order to pursue this highest level of quality, we have established an integrated framework that includes every step of product development, from product planning through to manufacturing, sales, and aftercare. Each individual product undergoes rigorous inspection to ensure it arrives ready for use. Going forward, we will strive to increase trust in our products by further improving quality controls based on customer feedback.


Creativity That Gives Shape to Customer Feedback

Our aim is to be a company that manufactures unique products. Therefore, our product development requires teamwork between specialists in a range of different fields, including teams of modelists and materials specialists to shape the models and recreate specific feels, IT and electronics teams to set up and operate our simulators, and others. During development, we work with academic and medical institutions, as well as education facilities that will be using our products, enabling us to receive input from experts in medical education and to share knowledge through industry-academic partnerships. This process has already resulted in the creation of many groundbreaking products.
Going forward, we will continue to push boundaries while listening sincerely to the feedback from the educators using our products, under the motto of "realizing education that inspires through manufacturing."


Trusted in Over 60 Countries Around the World

Since we first started producing replica Buddhist statues using synthetic resin in 1954, we have made replicas and imitations of a wide range of cultural assets, including historical records, archaeological materials, and fossils. Creating replicas and imitations is an extremely effective way to make use of these assets while ensuring that they are preserved. To realize a reproduction so sophisticated that even an expert cannot tell it apart from the real thing, we must fully understand the significance of the cultural asset and then accurately recreate not only its texture and color, but also the little changes it has picked up over time, such as flaking and scratches. We are able to do this by following our strong sense of duty to pass down cultural heritage to future generations.
Our approach has been widely acclaimed and since the 1980's, we have been accepting requests to work on cultural asset restoration projects. We are not only cultivating expertise in traditional techniques, but also carrying out research into new technologies and materials so we can help leave assets in even better condition for future generations.
Our approach and technical expertise have been recognized worldwide and researchers from many countries who are working to preserve cultural assets come to observe our processes.

Main Customers


National University of Singapore, Seoul National University, Ewha Womans University、Pusan National University, National Taipei University, Chang Gung University, Hanoi Medical University, King Abdulaziz University, University of Sharjah,

  • Indonesia:University of Indonesia, Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital
  • Malaysia:Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak. , Taylor's University
  • Singapore:University of Singapore
  • India:AIIMS Delhi
  • Pakistan:Aga Khan University
  • Egypt:Al Azhar University
  • Saudi Arabia:King Abdulaziz University
  • Oman:Sultan Qaboos University
  • Qatar:Itqan Clinical Simulation and Innovation Center


  • Medical school:
    Peking University, Capital Medical University, Tianjin Medical University, Fudan University, Sun Yat-sen University, Southern Medical University, ChongQing Medical University
  • Hospital:
    Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Tianjin First Central Hospital, Huashan Hospital of Fudan University, Eye & Ent Hospital of Fudan University, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Boao Evergrande International Hospital, Nanfang Hospital
  • Companies:

Europe / Russia / Africa

83% of Europe's top 40 medical schools (In accordance with GDPR guidelines, customer names cannot be disclosed)

North America

FDA, Stanford University, John Hopkins University, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Duke University, Northwestern University, UCLA, UCSD, University Illinois at Chicago, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, UT Health Science Center, Virginia State University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Michigan State University, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, University of Toronto, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, GE Healthcare

Past Appearances at
International Exhibitions
ACC(American College of Cardiology) 1997-2009
RSNA(Radiological Society of North America)1997-2019
AMEE(Association for Medical Education in Europe) 2003-2019
MEDICA 2003-2019
Ottawa Conference 2004-2018
ACS(American College of Surgeons)2005-2019
IMSH(International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare)2007-2019
SESAM(Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine)2008-2018
KCR(Korean Congress of Radiology)2009-2019
ECR(European Congress of Radiology)2010-2019
National Seminar on Higher Education in Medical Imaging
Chinese Society of Imaging Technology
Chinese Congress of Ultrasound in Medicine
Resident Physicians Standardized Training Summit Forum
China Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare
Pearl River Medical Simulation Education International Summit Forum