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京都タワーKyoto Tower

  • Shopping (Composite facilities)
  • Kyoto Station Area
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Kyoto Station Area
721-1, Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8216, Japan
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9:00-21:00 (Reception closing 20:40)
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Date of post:2015/11/25

A new and old symbol of Kyoto

  • Sightseeing

When I see Kyoto Tower through the window of Shinkansen, I feel that I am back in Kyoto. The tower was constructed in 1964 and at that time there was an argument over the existence of this tower. Some said it was too modern for the traditional ancient capital and others said it was also traditional way for Kyoto to adopt new things. Now it is recognized as a symbol and stand in front of a more modern symbol, Kyoto Station.

The tower has the height of 131meters and it is the highest building in Kyoto. It has an observation deck and you can go up to the deck by elevator.

Up there you can enjoy the wonderful view of Kyoto city.

In the north, you can see Higashi Hongan-ji just at your feet. You can recognize the largeness of the temple.

In the west direction from the temple you can see another large roof of Nishi Hongan-ji.

In the east, at the foot of Higashi-yama, eastern mountains which continues from south to north, you can find Kiyomizu-dera with a three-storied pagoda. A high mountain at the north end of Higashi-yama is Hiei-zan, the motherland of Japanese Buddhism.

In the south-west direction, you will find a five-storied pagoda of To-ji. Another high mountain in the north-west direction is Atago-yama, another religious mountain.

In the south, facing to the tower, a huge building of Kyoto Station rises sheer. This building was constructed in 1997 and has a very modern design by Hiroshi Hara. It can be appreciated as a work of art and you can get a rare view from the upper place in the tower.

When you are fully satisfied by the scenery around the tower, then you can take a picture with a mascot of the tower, Tawawa-chan.

At the foot of the tower, there is a building with shops and stores. When you go down from the tower, you can enjoy shopping for souvenirs and Japanese sweets.

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