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Facts & Figures

Kyoto Station is a giant futuristic steel glass structure (height: 70m, length: 470m) and a huge transportation hub in Kyoto, a former capital of Japan (794 - 1868). The building is after Nagoya Station the second largest in Japan. The modern architecture stands in a sharp contrast of what a tourist is expecting of this ancient city.

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The current Kyoto Station was designed by architect Hara Hiroshi and opened in 1997 for the 1200th anniversary of the former capital of Japan. Hara Hiroshi created also the hypermodern Umeda Sky Building in Osaka.


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Kyoto Station is located in the southern part of central Kyoto.
Address: 8-3, Higashi-Shiokoji Takakuracho, Kyoto

How to get to Kyoto Station?

  • Kyoto Station is served by Japan Railway, Tokaido Shinkansen, Karasuma Subway Line
  • and Kintetsu Railways
  • Major bus terminals are served by bus lines from all over Japan

Sightseeing spots


Open Air Observation Deck - enjoy the view over Kyoto from the top floor

Skyway tunnel - you can take a walk here 45m above the main hall, do not miss the view of the Kyoto Tower

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)


Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.


Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).


Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.

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