Kyoto Station Building

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Kyoto Station Building
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Kyoto Station Building is a train station and popular tourist spot, with a department store, The Cube selling souvenirs and fashion, Asty Road and Asty Square shopping areas, a mall, and restaurants.
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Neighborhood: Shimogyo-ku
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.
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Banksideman
Stow-on-the-Wold, UK698 contributions
Mar 2020
Not only can you explore the restaurants and retailers under the station on spacious well lit passages you can also cross many of the streets outside avoiding the traffic and the weather. Just note the entrance nearest to where you are going. The station is vast and has lockers big enough for your suitcases which is great if you have time to spare and don’t want to drag stuff around with you. Find the Ticket offices if you buy a day/5day or 7 day ticket (we bought a Shinkansen bullettrain pass) you can also use it on any train underground or bus including the open top tourist bus run by JR rail.
Written March 19, 2020
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razorbagel
Baltimore, MD42 contributions
Feb 2020
we enjoyed ramen in the "ramen neighborhood" on the 10th floor, as well as an udon-based meal on another floor of this cavernous building. the JR office capably makes even the most complicated reservations for passholders and features a dedicated desk for foreigners. one of the last nights we were there, the grand staircase had an illumination program, and we spent a while watching the LEDs light up in time with a pleasant soundtrack. there's always something new and exciting to discover, or at least that was our experience during our week in kyoto!
Written March 5, 2020
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Guillaume A
Shizuoka, Japan479 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
The design of the building is impressive and beautiful, especially inside. It's also very big. Like any other big train stations in Japan, it's a huge shopping mall with department store many souvenir stores, restaurants and a hotel also
Written November 28, 2021
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Francis M
Isle of Skye, UK90 contributions
Jan 2020
However if you can find the waiting room it gives an intriguing glimpse into a side of Japanese society you see less of as you travel round by train. Here is where people come to keep warm, eat lunch or just while away an hour of two. Quite a pleasnat change.
Written February 29, 2020
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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
Dec 2019
We actually did not pay much attention to this particular station on our arrival as it was in the late afternoon and we were looking forward to finding our accommodations in Kyoto our latest city stop. We did not realized the immensity of this gateway as it is the main railway junction stop for all trains going to and fro from Kyoto. We were able to explore this station in more detail when we had to research on how to cash in our metro cards and inquiring about bus transportation to Osaka airport etc. It was not a pleasant stroll from one end to another and onto the next level as the offices we were looking for seemed such a long ways apart. However, this did permit us to stop and shop along the way and the second floor level was immense. We were able to then appreciate this modern architectural structure at a different height. They do have English services in specific information area and when they were not able to understand our request, they reverted to using I Pad translation. Employees were most efficient and polite. Perhaps this is only a travel hub but there are lot of restaurant and food services here along with major stores and conveniences. So if you did have transfer delays, at least it gives you time to explore the services offered.
Written July 30, 2020
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,105 contributions
Oct 2019
Whenever I'm in Kyoto, I seem to end up at the station building for something other than travel. This stunning, modern building may be a major transportation hub for railway lines, a subway line and buses, but its 15 floors offer much more. For example, on my most recent stop here with a friend, we went to the extremely helpful Visitor's Information Center on the second floor. We left with myriad maps and brochures, all helping our five-day stay in Kyoto to be even better than expected. A big department store and a shopping mall often beckon.

And there are restaurants and cafes galore. We ate breakfast in the building twice before boarding a train for a day excursion and another to take us to other parts of Japan. A grocery and food shops sell items suitable for a meal or snacks.

Signage is generally good, but a station map helps. Even with both, we kept going around in circles, trying to find the 10th floor's Sky Way. That's a corridor with windows that runs the length of the station and looks. down 148 feet into the central hall. It also has a viewpoint for the adjacent Kyoto Tower.

There is always something to do in this station, even it is just to walk around and gawk at the amazing architecture.
Written September 29, 2020
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David S
Melbourne, Australia648 contributions
Dec 2019
Japan train stations are usually very busy and Kyoto is no exception. Signage is pretty good, lots of eating choices and helful JR staff. What made Kyoto stand out was the huge and colourful Christmas tree on display and the great roof (complete with seating) and eleveated walk way areas that are extremley popular with tourists and locals alike of an nightime. I dont think I have ever seen a station anywhere else like it.
Written January 6, 2020
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MRBP
Luzon, Philippines246 contributions
Apr 2020
It is organized, on time and you can inquire in a tourist center, they can provide leaflets, flyers and guides for you to use while visiting Kyoto, and they constantly update it. Aside from that the station is a tourist attraction itself, allot a time and explore it. March 2015 & Sept. 2017
Written March 6, 2021
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Philip in Oxford
Oxford, UK437 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This is a big part of Kyoto. Hundreds of shops and restaurants and a great hotel.

Not much else to say!
Written February 26, 2020
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Roger W
Siebnen, Switzerland1,194 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Like in many cities in Japan it’s also the station in Kyoto a very nice building. You have also there many shops and restaurants where you can visit. At night they also have s nice lightshow at the big stairs, don’t miss it!!
Written June 3, 2019
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