The futuristic Kyoto Station is a major transportation hub in western Japan. This is likely to be your point of entry to Kyoto and it is not like any ordinary train station. Designed by the Japanese architect Hara Hiroshi, his design attempts to convey historical Kyoto through a modern aesthetic. Besides serving as a train station, the 15 storey building housed the Granvia Hotel, a look out point, shopping and dining options.
View of the Kyoto Station atrium.
The Grand Stairway
The Grand Stairway or known as ‘Daikaidan’ runs from the 4th floor of the west wing leading all the way up to the Sky Garden on the 15th floor.
With 171 steps studded with about 15,000 LEDs, it generate stunning light shows in the evening.
From the East Square you can access the Skyway tunnel which leads you to the restaurant level on the 11th floor of the west wing.
The Skyway Tunnel
The Skyway tunnel allows visitors to walk the length of Kyoto Station, 45 meters above the central hall. From the Skyway’s glass windows, you can get amazing views of the city.
The Skyway tunnel is open from 10am to 10pm.
View of the street at night.
The Sky Garden
The Sky Garden on the 15th floor has incredible views of the city. You can admire the Kyoto Tower illuminated at night.
The Kyoto Station is worth to explore especially the Sky Garden where you can get the city views for free!
By Train: Kyoto Station
Open Daily. No Admission Fee.
Attractions in Kyoto | lonelytravelog.com
Wow that’s one massive train station! :)