Not sure if this is a site that one must come to see but if you spend any time in Kyoto you'll eventually come thru here .... We got a huge introduction into this place as we came from Osaka during the AM rush hour !!!! This place was packed beyond belief ... and everyone is in a hurry so be careful to stay out of everyone's way .... but once you get your orientation you'll be OK .... But at first it almost wants to make you cry since you have no idea where is where !!!!!
On the second floor there is a Tourist Information Center and unlike many in Europe that are really fronts for specific hotels or places the Tourist Information Center here is extremely helpful and English is spoken .... The station also has a full service hotel and numerous places to eat and have drinks if you choose too ... also attached to the station is a underground mall and a extremely large department store that has about 15 restaurants on the 9th floor !!!!!
Also here the Metro runs thru here and the Bullet trains to Tokyo are taken from here ..... on the north side entrance there is JR ticket office with English speaking staff ......
It creates such a contrast to see a modern train station in a city of amazing history. This contemporary glass and steel building will be your starting point when you arrive in Kyoto. As we travelled to Nara and Osaka during our stay in Kyoto, we had the chance to look around this huge train station. There are several food courts, wide open spaces and a huge atrium wich may impress you. Come a bit earlier to this station to look around before you depart for your destination.
If you love shopping and window shopping, go to Kintetsu Mall. The mall houses so many specialty stores and restaurants. Everyday, we go to the mall as our path going back to the hotel cuts through the mall!
The trainstation of Kyoto is worth visiting. It's an extremely extensive building with all kind of shops. On the northside of the building is a long stairs from which you have an amazing view at the interior of the trainstation.
Yes, instead of going to Kyoto tower to have a view of Kyoto city alternative free option is to get to KYOTO MAIN TRAIN STATION, any side but Isetan department store entrance recommended. Then get on to escalator and head on the highest platform to get a free view of Kyoto Skyline.
The night scene is particulary wonderful
It's essentially a station with a viewing gallery, a shopping mall (isetan) and restaurants. Take time to go explore this place, go up to the top, see the view, enjoy the breeze. Walk the skywalk, look through the glass beneath your feet to the streets below. There's alot of shops in teh underground mall and at the back of the station. Check them out. It's not just a station - it's much more if you take time to explore.
Tons and tons of steel. Platforms reaching out in thin air. Escalators taking you up up up... to the look-out level from where you can see Kyoto and beyond...
Thats Kyoto station in a nut-shell and it's well worth a visit even when you haven't got a train to catch. Upstairs is a hotel and in its lounge beautiful Ikebana (flower arrengements) can be seen and on this level there's a delightful café too.
Under ground is a big shopping mall and outside the building (by main entrance) there's a good bakery.
I do like the futuristic look of Kyoto station and the platforms sticking out in thin air does remind me of a scene in Star Wars when Luke is fighting Darth Vader in City of the Clouds.. The architect was Hiroshi Hara, also known for the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka and Yamato International in Tokyo.
The new Kyoto Station building was built on the occasion of the 1,200th anniversary of the Heian Capital foundation. It was opened to the public in 1997 and stands in perfect contrast with many foreign tourists' image of Kyoto as the capital of traditional Japan.
A department store, hotel, theater, game center, shopping mall, government offices, various restaurants and an observation deck can be found on the facility's 15+ floors.
In Kyoto station you can walk the skywalk across the special station building at the eleventh floor. The skywalk is open from 10:00- 22:00. You can walk it for free. And see the traveller as little dots below, or enjoy the view over Kyoto.
Kyoto Station is HUGE. It's definitely worth hitting this spot just to see the architecture. You can go all the way to the roof of the station and get a good view of Kyoto -- no need to pay to go to the top of Kyoto Tower! There's also a catwalk at the top you can take to the other side of the station. You can get a good view of Kyoto and the Tower there as well.
The department store, Isetan, is located right at the station with food court on one of the top floors. In addition, there's plenty more shopping below the station in The Cube.
There was, however, a lot of debate about the construction of the station since it was so large and modern, and did not fit well with the ancient city. The station basically defines much of the southern border of Kyoto city.
Pass through Kyoto station- contrary to what some people say this is a fantastic piece of architecture with escalators which go up into the sky and a view that means there is no need to spend money and go up kyoto tower!
Everything about it! It looks good from inside and out and on a nice day its so much nicer tha your average dingy station.
This tour which originates at the Kyoto train station walks you around the city from 10am-2:30pm. It allows a glimpse at how many famous Japanese traditions are worked on. I got the opportunity to see fan makers and tatami makers. We walked through the Geisha area and a couple of shrines. It is a great forum for asking questions, and a pleasant stroll for 3km. The cost was about $20 CAD per person.
Kyoto station was entirely rebuilt in 1997 and reborn as a super modern station. (see the picture) Some people support this change and some are not. In my view, it has lost every tradition and old Japanese taste in its design. I am curious how foreign tourist feel about it...........
A super-modern station buiding. Please take a time to see the architecture.
The department store, Isetan, is located right at the station with food court on one of the top floors (15th floor??).
Many of you will use Kyoto Station....
Please take some time and visit the "Sky walk" in Kyoto Station.
It's an observatory (free entrance) and you can see the northern Kyoto city!