Kyoto Station Building

Shopping Kyoto Station, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Published on: 12-03-2016

08:30 AM - 11:30 PM
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Kyoto Station Building is the nice center with the fresh atmosphere. It is one of the biggest shopping mall in Kyoto and in the world.

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Why Kyoto Station Building is special ?

Kyoto Station Building contains a shopping mall, several small museums, a wide-screen movie theatre, two other theatres, an Isetan department store, two multi-storey car parking garages, a game centre, the Granvia hotel, government offices, assorted restaurants and many other facilities provided by the local government. The building also features office space in its tower.

One of its features is the undulating wavy construction of the curved glass and steel roof over the station platforms. The station plays host to one of the greatest monumental spaces inside modern buildings. The interior is futuristic although damped down by decoration such as the Astro Boy signs and the Phoenix clock designed by the anime artist Osamu Kaszuku who died in 1989.

The enormity of the construction is underlined by the giant escalator system that takes the passenger up nine storeys from the huge, 60m-high atrium over the main concourse, up to the roof, where there is a spectacular view over Kyoto city from the observation deck. The structure has a fluidity of space, intriguing discontinuities of scale, open roof lines and a dark futuristic quality.


What to explore at Kyoto Station Building?

Entering Kyoto Station Building, at first you can see the giant futuristic glass structure.

There are two sides to Kyoto Station: Karasuma and Hachijo. Going towards the north, it is the busier Karasuma side which faces downtown and is named after the main street leading downtown. The main bus terminal is located on the Karasuma side, as are many hotels, shops and Kyoto Tower.

In contract, the calmer Hachijo side to the south provides access to a few more hotels, Toji Temple and some more highway bus stops.

Going up to the higher floor, the beautiful view will gradually emerge. It is great to stop and enjoy.

How to get to Kyoto Station Building?

Kyoto Station is the city's main railway station, served by all trains of Japan Railways (including shinkansen), Kintetsu Railways and the Karasuma Subway Line. A large bus terminal is located in front of the station building.

Selling points

  • Amazing architecture
  • Expect the unexpected
  • Excellent shopping and viewing area
  • More Than a Train Station
  • Most amazing train station in the world
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  • Toilet is available.
  • Wifi is free in this building. Luggage storage and takuhaibin (delivery service) counters are available in the basement of the station. Visitors can receive and transmit information through the internet for a price. Kyoto Tourist Information Center is located on the 2nd floor of Kyoto Station
  • If you want to see 4 of the mountains on fire during Obon in August, you should make a reservation at one of the North window restaurants on the 11th floor of Isetan
    What to see
  • You should bring cashes in case some shops does not pay by Credit Card.
    What to bring
  • Smoking is forbidden.
  • You can read more English information which is available at the International Information Center on the 9th floor.
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost. This building is very crowded so you should not exchange money.
  • To avoid the congestion of tourist association on the second floor, you can come to the first floor
  • Parking is available.
  • There are several restaurant at there, you can enjoy when visiting.
  • You should go up the top of building so you can see overview of Kyoto.


Passed through this station 3 times. Once I came to exchange some money and twice to take the bullet train. You can't miss this place. Walked from my hotel without directions, just look for the Kyoto Tower and this will be right across the street. The main entrance is really nice and clean. My friends and I ended up exploring most of this station. Somehow we ended up on the top where you can walk across the whole station, was a nice view below and outside. They have many stores inside of there, but most of them didn't open until 10:30~11 AM so that kind of sucked. Now when you actually go into the real station to take the train, there are more shops inside. There is also a quiet waiting area inside. Most seats were taken when I first went inside but it's extremely quiet so if you want to talk on your phone or eat, don't or just step outside. Everything is pretty straight forward too. There have directions in English so I didn't get lost. It's a nice place all in all (:

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If you want to see 4 of the mountains on fire during Obon in August, make a reservation at one of the North window restaurants on the 11th floor of Isetan... in May!! They book up 3 months in advance!!

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The station itself is already an attraction and not just a traffic hub. The building looks modern and beautiful. There is a famous department store which is Isetan, a place that people who love shopping won't say no to. We spent more than 90 minutes there. Food lovers should go to the supermarket and the department of Japanese confectionery. There was a lot of sashimi which looked fresh and month-watering. You could buy some and take it back to the hotel to enjoy it. The department of Japanese confectionery is a place that travelers should go if they want to buy some gifts which can represent Japan. Some staff working there gave us some to try which was a happy experience. There are other shopping and dining options surrounding Kyoto Station Building. Porta, Asty Road and Kintetsu Mall are underground shopping malls which are close to the station. The restaurants and coffee shops in those shopping malls show off there dishes and beautiful desserts. Food temptations are everywhere. Because they all looked delicious and I found it difficult to make decisions about what to have.

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