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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  • October 4, 2017
    This is probably the most eye opening train station with its bold, futuristic design, guaranteed to keep you spell bound for a while, and its massive! Hard to describe as it can only be experienced. T...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    This is one of the largest station I have ever been in (except Beijing). There are several floors of shops and restaurants and it is difficult to know where the station ends and an attached hotel star...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Building distinctive. We also take 4 hour walk this's popular ... include eating noodles noodles the path. Our coating coating views. But there is one floor coating is very special. Not easy to find the entrance. Let us 繞 for a long time
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  • June 30, 2017
    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.
  • June 11, 2017
    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.
  • June 21, 2017
    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.
  • April 29, 2017
    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.
  • April 29, 2017
    Cool place if not a tad busy. Lots of food choices. Wish the combini was a bit bigger.

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