Kyoto Station Building, Kyoto

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Built in a futuristic style to commemorate the city's 1200th birthday, Kyoto Station Building serves as one of the country's main transportation hubs. Though Kyoto remains best known for its traditional architecture, this high-tech attraction designed by Hara Hiroshi stands out as a clear deviation from that style. As you walk through the station, take note of the steel-beamed roof, aptly dubbed "The Matrix." Beyond the well-known architecture, this station serves a practical purpose, providing millions of locals and tourists with not only access to major transport lines, but also shopping mall, movie theater, hotel, and numerous local government offices. Our Kyoto trip planner makes visiting Kyoto Station Building and other Kyoto attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This place is big and confusing. It has practically everything including a Uniqlo . Hard to find an elevator tho.  more »
  • We actually did not pay much attention to this particular station on our arrival as it was in the late afternoon and we were looking forward to finding our accommodations in Kyoto our latest city...  more »
  • We were surprised that this was a top attraction but were very impressed. There were some incredible light features/exhibits when we there and it is really quite impressive to see. There are also...  more »
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  • We arrived at Kyoto main railway station from Osaka - this was my second time to come to Kyoto, but this time around, I stayed a couple of days and had to pass through the station a few times a day from my accommodation to go sight seeing on the other side. It is a very impressive building, modern in architecture with a huge amount of shops in the various sections of the station. It also contains a hotel and other. On arriving, on cannot help but feel lost with the huge amount of foot traffic heading in all directions. At night, the place lights up and on the Kyoto tower side it looks like a fairy land with the trees covered with lights. There is also the Cube shopping complex on one end of the station. The staff is very helpful and speaks good English to assist foreign travellers.
  • Kyoto Station can be VERY confusing, even daunting for the uninitiated. Even Japanese people can get hopelessly lost and if you are physically challenged, it can be a nightmare trying to find your way from the north side of the building to the south side because there are essentially only 2 places where you can walk right through the building to get to the other side and the building is huge with somewhat confusing signage. It would be impossible to explain how to find one's way in a review post but half the battle is won if you remember that the Shinkansen and limousine buses are located on the south side of the building and the JR trains, local trams, subway trains and city buses are located on the north side. The information counters sometimes have a hard time trying to explain how to get from North to South but most of the action is happening on the North side so you will be spending more time on the North side than the south. On average, it can take you up to 2 days to find the 2 through ways from North to South. I'm sorry things are the way they are but this problem came about when the station was expanded at least once in the past by simply adding a new building next to the old one. There are, however, lots to eat and shop on both sides (especially the North) and once you get used to the chaos, I guarantee you'll quite enjoy it because there always seems to be nuggets and gems to be found when you get inevitably lost and/or turn round a corner you've never been down before. Be warned and be prepared to walk your feet into stumps if you get lost. But if you can get over the initial frustration, it can be fun and exciting. The North side is the side facing Kyoto Tower. Good luck!
  • The station is a wonder of construction and engineering. The ground floor has entrances to to the mall. The train station entrances leading to the platforms are also located on this floor. The station has a lot of stores, restaurants and cafes, a hotel, escalators to bring you up to the 11th floor of the building. A steel and glass tunnel called the Skywalk, from one side of the building to the other is 45 meters above the main floor. There is a 107 step stairs that have LED lights the changes colors and show an animated display of cartoons and fantasy ideas.
  • Busy interchange, and multiple levels to get to your trains. You would need to be clear which metro line you are taking, before heading anywhere. Otherwise it is easy to get lost. Of course if you are tired, do go around the shopping malls. There are several malls around. On top, there is an open area with many stairs where you can sit and chat. Since it is an open area, you probably have to wear thicker if the weather is cold.
  • Well worth exploring during the day and night. Great views of Kyoto from the roof top accessed via the escalators. Don't miss out walking across the Skywalk, most spectacularly lit up at night

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