Aug. 22, 2019 UPDATE

Kyoto Tower

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Gaze through the whole of Kyoto city from this symbolic tower!
Established in 1964, Kyoto Tower has been one of the most famous landmarks of Kyoto for many years. Its unique figure was made in the image of a lighthouse. Different from the Eiffel Tower and Tokyo Tower, Kyoto Tower is not made with a steel frame. Instead of a steel frame, special steel plate cylinders are connected by welding to make this round shape. Inside the tower, there are souvenir shops, a 100 yen store called Daiso on the 2nd floor, and several kinds of restaurant on various floors. There is also a public bathhouse in the basement, so you might want to check it after out looking over Kyoto at the top of the tower.
The City of Kyoto (from the tower)
The City of Kyoto (from the tower)
In order to go up the tower, first you need to buy a ticket on the 1st floor of the tower. It costs ¥770 for an adult and ¥520 for a child. Then, please take the elevator to the 11th floor where you can take another elevator to the top of the tower. Once you have arrived at the observation deck, you can look through the whole city of Kyoto. You can find the locations of famous tourist spots by the stickers on the window.
Ema Writing
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Ema Writing
For those who are not familiar with the term ema, it is a votive picture originally of a horse. It is believed that the things you write on ema will come true. In Kyoto Tower, you can also try writing a Kyoto Tower exclusive ema. Please put ¥300 in the box before you write it.
Purikura - Photo Booth
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Purikura - Photo Booth
If you are not familiar with the term Purikura, this is a photo booth that prints out your photos. Japan is very famous for this kind of photo booth in recent years. The scene behind you in the photo is Kyoto Tower, so it can be a great souvenir from visiting Kyoto Tower!
Manner & Tips
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Please note that last entry for Kyoto Tower is 8:40pm.
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It was actually the first time for me to visit Kyoto Tower! We have visited during the day time, so we could see the beautiful sceneries through Kyoto city. It was a good point that you could use the telescopes for free! You can check out famous tourist spots as if you are just in front of them. As it is open till 9pm, you could enjoy the night view of Kyoto!
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Kyoto Tower / 京都タワー
Category Landmarks
Phone +81 75-361-3215
Address 721-1, Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 600-8216
Directions Located just in front of Kyoto station
Open Hours 9am - 9pm (must enter by 8:40pm)
Reservations Not required
Closed Open everyday
Notes Please note that open hours may change
Price range
Adults ¥770 High school students ¥620, Elementary/ junior high school students ¥520 Child (over 3 years old) ¥150 Physically disabled ¥350 [Group Rates] For groups of at least 10, each adult ¥600, high school student ¥450, elementary/ junior high school student ¥350
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Most of the staff can speak English, so please feel free to ask questions. Please also check out the English, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese official websites.
Information Japanese and English
Lanuages spoken Japanese and English
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