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Kyoto Station Building, Kyoto

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Shopping Mall Architectural Building
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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  • Kyoto station is incredibly busy, and as with large stations, it can get quite confusing. The Kyoto Station building was quite a sight though, with interesting architecture. Lots of shops to see, and ...  more »
  • As a car driving American, I never stop and think during my normal day about trains and train stations. However, the Kyoto station made me stop and admire what beauty there can be in a transportation ...  more »
  • A station extraordinaire. Excellent use made of this modern structure, steps duplicating as an auditorium. Lots of shops and restaurants. A destination in itself.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kyoto Station Building combines a luxury hotel up stairs amazingly without notice, stores for shopping, small restaurants with good food, clear signs in major languages. It's a well designed facility.
  • A station that has a great selection of souvenirs,many choices of restaurants and love the Japanese Wagashi cafe.Good for Kyoto day-trip to eat and last stop shopping with bags full before heading to train.