Kyoto Station Building
Kyoto Station Building
4.5
Architectural BuildingsShopping Malls
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Ellen B
    Hortonville, Wisconsin732 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptionally Well Run Train Station
    Kyoto Station is very efficient, well laid out, and incredibly clean. My husband and myself are in our 70's, we had no trouble navigating around the station and locating our Shinkansen Nozomi train to Tokyo. We were able to obtain snacks and beverages for our trip very easily. It is the pinnacle of how a well run train station should operate!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom823 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite incredible
    For 'just' a station. It is worth a trip in its own right. The architecture is one thing then there are the shops and restaurants, the escalators and all those stairs. They all lead up to the terrace for a look down into the station and a bit of a view out. There is also a glass sided walkway to more restaurants. Go after dark and the stairs will perform for you - great light show
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Travis SC
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More impressive in person than it was in pictures
    The building was even more impressive in person than it was in pictures. I loved the modern design and the huge glass atrium that allowed natural light to flood into the building. The observation deck was also a great highlight, and I had a wonderful view of the city from up there. The shops and restaurants in the building were also great, and I ended up spending a lot of my time there.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Bobbie W
    Warwick, Rhode Island1,387 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Kyoto station is HUGE!
    The Kyoto station is absolutely huge. Kind of crazy with all the people going in so many directions. Information booths are there to assist where you want to go. It’s also immaculate. There are no garbage receptacles but there isn’t any littering. Plenty of good shops offering food and wares. Information booths are there for assistance. Very kind and patient help! Interesting, there’s no graffiti either!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Norm the Nomad
    Australia1,004 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing but hectic.
    Kyoto Station itself is chaotic; and intense; but with fabulous architecture. Escalators that literally travel upwards of 12 levels; and a view from the top, to bottom, which is amazing. Anyhow, even though the hotel was quite close by - it took us about 30 minutes to find it lol. Far too many underground corridors to easily get lost in.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 October 2023
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,910 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Massive complex with multiple areas of restaurants and shops. Oh yeah, they also have some trains coming and going! We found the layout very confusing and the signage very poor. Almost impossible to find restaurants you're looking for.
Written 14 April 2024
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RonanD_BR
Brasilia, DF202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
You will probably pass by. Nice place to eat and visit the surroundings. Kyoto tower is just a few blocks away.
Written 11 December 2023
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Norm the Nomad
Australia1,004 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Kyoto Station itself is chaotic; and intense; but with fabulous architecture. Escalators that literally travel upwards of 12 levels; and a view from the top, to bottom, which is amazing. Anyhow, even though the hotel was quite close by - it took us about 30 minutes to find it lol. Far too many underground corridors to easily get lost in.
Written 24 October 2023
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The Sundowner
Brighton, UK174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Ramen Street on 10th floor escalators are in the store named Isetan on the left just before you reach the steps at the end of the main south to north concourse inside Kyoto main station - saw lots of people puzzling over their phones - best Ramen since Busan!!
Written 17 October 2023
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Bobbie W
Warwick, RI1,387 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Kyoto station is absolutely huge. Kind of crazy with all the people going in so many directions. Information booths are there to assist where you want to go. It’s also immaculate. There are no garbage receptacles but there isn’t any littering. Plenty of good shops offering food and wares. Information booths are there for assistance. Very kind and patient help! Interesting, there’s no graffiti either!
Written 9 October 2023
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David C
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The Kyoto station is gigantic and has all the trimmings of a central metro station. Finding gates etc is all straight forward enough. The core business however - the actual rail services, are quite frustrating. An IC (icoca) card is the closest to our oyster / tap and go type card and in retrospect is fairly easy to get on apple wallet (works on buses too!). However there are so many exceptions, lines that need another card or in the case of Nara a second ticket needed. Having visited New York, London and Paris in the last 10 years, I am shocked how far behind the Japanese rail system is compared to these many years ago in terms of ease of use. And there are further issues - like needing your child’s passport to purchase their IC card? The lack of English language translations also limits you.
Written 27 September 2023
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Travis SC
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The building was even more impressive in person than it was in pictures. I loved the modern design and the huge glass atrium that allowed natural light to flood into the building. The observation deck was also a great highlight, and I had a wonderful view of the city from up there. The shops and restaurants in the building were also great, and I ended up spending a lot of my time there.
Written 26 August 2023
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Brandon S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I took the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto and lost one of the two tickets. One is for the train you're riding and the other is to let you out of the station. I lost the latter.
I had a receipt and was only trying to leave the station. I was forced to pay again for the ticket.
When I got to my final destination, Nara, the ticket I asked for in the first place, I was told I owed more money. Then I was lied to about paying with a credit card. When I asked how to avoid this in the future, I was told to fill out a form to prove which ticket I requested. For some reason, this is ok, but a receipt isn't.
On top of all that, the employees would not answer direct questions and kept insisting they were not doing this because I'm a foreigner. I didn't bring this up, so I can't help but think that was part of it.
Written 8 August 2023
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
For 'just' a station. It is worth a trip in its own right. The architecture is one thing then there are the shops and restaurants, the escalators and all those stairs.
They all lead up to the terrace for a look down into the station and a bit of a view out. There is also a glass sided walkway to more restaurants.
Go after dark and the stairs will perform for you - great light show
Written 19 July 2023
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Weary traveler
Greater London, UK439 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Big station with hundreds of shops and restaurants in basement, also rear entrance for Granvia hotel . Very overwhelming, but it’s great as you can visit other cities by train and get back same day
Written 2 July 2023
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