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京都タワー Kyoto Tower

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Kyoto Station Area
721-1, Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8216, Japan
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Date of post:2015/11/25

A new and old symbol of Kyoto

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When I see Kyoto Tower through a window of “shinkansen” (meaning bullet train in Japanese), 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 Honganji (the eastern temple of the original vow) just under 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 Honganji (the western temple of the original vow).

In the east, at the foot of Higashiyama, which is the name of the eastern mountains that go from south to north, you can find Kiyomizu temple with a three storied pagoda. A high mountain at the north end of Higashiyama is Hieizan, the motherland of Japanese Buddhism.

In the southwest direction, you will find a five storied pagoda of Toji (meaning east temple in Japanese and it is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect). Another high mountain in the northwest direction is Atagoyama, 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 (a Japanese architect 1936 - current). 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, Tawawachan.

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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