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750 Yen entrance fee, its a good way to see Kyoto from above. A traditional Japanese city, the view is mix of city, landscape and garden. The floor area above is not that big so its going to be a very short tour but the...More
While most tourists would opt for day view of this scenic spot, the night view of the exterior of Kyoto Tower is equally fascinating. It was built in 1960 and stands at 131 meters high from its base to the tip of its spire, and...More
If you want a vantage view of Kyoto, there’s no better place than the tallest structure in Kyoto. The tower is not as tall compared to those in other Japanese cities, but it certainly serves its purpose in this relatively low-rise city. It is easily...More
Kyoto Tower is across from Kyoto Station
You buy tickets on level 1 then go to level 11 for the observation lift.
The observation floor isn’t large but it does give you great views around Kyoto. There are also excellent interactive maps that tell you...More
Kyoto Tower is one of those attractions constructed solely for the purpose of tourism. This being said, if you get up to the top of it you can see a pretty good expansive view of Kyoto. But, its overall approach is a bit contrived.
On the ground floor there are shops which sell the best of Kyoto pickles / chocolates etc. We bought a box of mochi which must be consumed on the same day. Unfortunate that we could not buy to share with friends at home.
We stayed at the Granvia Hotel and had a perfect view of the tower which is very colorful. The best find was the sushi restaurant in the basement where we dined twice and each time we had interesting conversations with those sitting next to us....More
Great last minute stop at the Tower was a really great experience. The observation tower has a separate lift, tickets were approx 400 yen each. The observation deck was taking its last entrants at 8.40pm; and we just made it before this. We still had...More
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and
with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.