Kyoto Station Building
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Area:Shimogyo Ward   Sightseeing Genre: Unique and Modern   Popular Sights

  Character of Spot: English available   For family   Good location and easily acces   Can eat here

  Best time to visit: Whole year

  Category of Spot: Park   Nightspot   Walk around area   Shopping   Complex facility


  • Unique and Modern   Popular Sights

Kyoto station is the main hub of public transportation in Kyoto.

The station building has a shopping mall, a department store, a hotel, a theater, restaurants, etc. The Kyoto Tourist Information Center is on the second floor of the building. You can get a free Kyoto City Map, Kyoto City Bus Travel map, or other information that would be of visitors help.

The current Kyōto Station opened in 1997, commemorating Kyoto's 1,200th anniversary. It is 70 meters high and 470 meters from east to west, with a total floor area of 238,000 square meters. Architecturally, it exhibits many characteristics of futurism, with a slightly irregular cubic façade of plate glass over a steel frame. The architect was Hiroshi Hara.

Kyoto, one of the least modern cities in Japan by virtue of its many cultural heritage sites, was largely reluctant to accept such an ambitious structure in the mid-1990s: The station's completion began a wave of new high-rise developments in the city that culminated in the 20-story Kyocera Building. Hence some criticize the station's design for taking part in breaking down the traditional cityscape.

How to get to Kyoto station

Kyoto Station is the city's main railway station, served by all trains of Japan Railways (including shinkansen), Kintetsu Railways and the Karasuma Subway Line. A large bus terminal is located in front of the station building.


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Shimogyo Ward
901 Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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