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Kyoto Tower, Kyoto

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Enjoy a 360-degree panorama from the top of Kyoto Tower, the tallest building in Kyoto. The 131 m (430 ft) tall tower was opened in 1964 to coincide with the Tokyo summer olympics, and stands on top of a hotel and shopping complex. Visit the observation deck, which is nestled at a height of 100 m (328 ft), to observe the skyline of the whole city. You can also see the surrounding mountains, and even a couple of Osaka structures if the day is clear. Gaze through the free telescopes available on the deck, or visit the panoramic restaurant below. To visit Kyoto Tower on your trip to Kyoto, use our Kyoto sightseeing planner.
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  • Admission is a little expensive 770 Yen because once a landmark though watch Lim, but the night really prettiness
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  • The tower is located in front of Kyoto station to the North, just above the Kyoto Tower Hotel. From here we can see the city of Kyoto as a whole although it was not too high like in Tokyo. It is located strategically in the heart of Kyoto and is easy to reach because it was right in front of the station.
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  • Viewed many times I went to Kyoto, Kyoto Tower is the first tower at night looked good from up the escalator of the Kyoto station building
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  • This tower is very short, only 100 meters. It's also tiny and very crowded in the observation deck, which suffers from being badly designed. The lights inside are very bright which causes a lot of glare. Your view is also obstructed by supports on the outside of the glass. This is particularly bad if you want to take photos. The tower moves a lot and so long exposure photos are impossible. Finally, the building looks very very dated and like no effort went into the appearance. Reminded me of the inside of a concrete light house. Overall, I do not recommend this attraction.
  • Went with daughter during the night. Interesting to have a mini shrine at the observation floor. The night was nice.
  • Absolutely beautiful, especially during the sunset. I highly recommend viewing Kyoto this way. It's the only sight that rivals the view from Inari. However, beware of you are prone to motion sickness. This tower has a larger sway than Tokyo Tower in my opinion, so I came off feeling pretty green in the face.
  • Good to orientate yourself and see Kyoto from above. The binoculars are free too, which is good. The views aren't spectacular though, so don't expect too much.
  • A rainy day in Kyoto and this was perfect. A great view of the city and perfect to get your bearings before you set off to explore. The info-touchscreens at the top of the tower allow you to know what you're looking at, really nice way to get an overview of Kyoto. We also ate here - not at the top floor, but they have many different restaurants in a cafeteria-style kind of area on one of the lower floors. There's a bar at one of the higher floors that didn't look too expensive (and might be a good option to be up in the tower without paying for the observation deck, if you're not into that).

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Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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