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Kyoto Train Station, a design masterpiece

March 29, 2014

I was early meeting the walkabout tour today so spent 2 hours exploring the Kyoto Station, Japan’s second largest and a popular tourist destination.

Kyoto Station is more than just a transport hub.  A massive ultra-modern complex of glass and steel, it was designed by the award winning architect Hiroshi Hara, and houses an incredible range of shops, restaurants, and recreational facilities. This article Kyoto Station Map – Finding Your Way explains the general layout of the railway station itself and how to find your train.

It was designed by architect Hiroshi Hara and opened in 1997, the year of Kyoto’s 1200th anniversary. The 15 Storey building is sleek and futuristic and soon inspired other high rises like the Kyocera building, a beacon of environmentally-friendly design with one of the world’s largest solar generation and natural gas co-generation systems.

The Happy Terrace on the topmost level …

The observation deck…

A calm space to enjoy your sushi in peace


Kyoto Tourist Information Center

Multilingual staff can give you information on sightseeing spots, events, activities, accommodation and transport. Free wi-fi and an internet service for a fee are also available. The centre is situated on the second floor pedestrian walkway. Open: 8:30 to 19:00 every day.

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