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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. To visit Kyoto Station Building on your holiday in Kyoto, and find out what else Kyoto has to offer, use our Kyoto tour planner.
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  • This place is majestic and we enjoyed wandering along its corridors checking out all the shopping and in particular restaurants with their models of dishes. Certainly a 'high tech' Japanese experience...  more »
  • Traffic 樞 in Kyoto, Kyoto station is New York, JR, iron, Shinkansen, buses, gauge drive cars and so on, basically, this is the first leg of tour to Kyoto, Kyoto station, a ying and taste, you can posted by eating hotel
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  • Beautiful train station the size of an airport. Here is the Shinkansen which trains you will be using it often JR.
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  • From the outside it looks terrible, in my opinion, but it has a good range of shops (marked up prices due to its location) and pretty good views from the top floor and the walkway. Not a good location for photos though due to the tinted glass.
  • The architecture here is phenomenal and it has a wealth of restaurants to explore. Great omiyage (souvenir) options! Check out the top floors if you have time, there is a nice rooftop and view of the city.
  • 便利できれいな駅です。Fairly easy to navigate without knowing Japanese. Staff also pretty helpful. 10th floor ramen shops are recommended.
  • Great food! Check out mister donut (ground floor) and ramen alley (I think it's on the 10th or 11th floor). Make sure to get your ramen ticket outside at the vending machines before going in. Bibs provided at some shops so your top isn't ruined from soup splatter.
  • Cool place if not a tad busy. Lots of food choices. Wish the combini was a bit bigger.

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