Translated by Collin Radford
The Gate to the Old Capital - Kyoto Station
When you are between destinations in Kyoto, why not take a look at the amazing architecture and gorgeous views to be had from Kyoto Station?
Written by Takashi Yasui
This JR station serves as the gateway to sight seeing in Kyoto. At this rare terminal station, the shinkansen, subway, the Kintetsu railways (which connect Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya, Tsu, and Ise), and numerous buses headed for every tourist destination gather; an average of 630,000 people pass through KyotoStation daily.
The modern glass and metal architecture may seem a surprising choice for the old capital, but it's actually based on the a formula used since the Heian era, where cities were once laid out on a grid-pattern that resembled a Go board (the technique was known as jōbōsei). From the roof you can look across the whole of Kyoto. The modern atmosphere of the station building is an interesting match for the simple feel of KyotoTower.
When you find yourself between destinations, why not stop and have a stroll around the station?
Address: Kyoto, Shimogyo,, Higashishiokojitakakura-cho
Hours (Ticket Counter): Central Entrance 5:25-23:30
Hachijo Entrance 5:35~23:30
East Hachijo Entrance 7:00~21:30
Lost and Found 5:30~23:45
*As of March 15, 2014
Homepage: KyotoStation Building