Kyoto Station is the transport hub of Kyoto, but also one of the biggest buildings in Japan
Kyoto Station is the biggest transportation hub in Kyoto, and indeed one of the biggest in the whole of Japan. The train station is surprisingly modern for this ancient capital, and there are also a surprising number of ways in which this station and the area around it can be enjoyed during your vacation. The first Kyoto Station was built in 1877, and the present Kyoto Station is the fourth one. The station serves a dizzying array of train lines, you can take the bullet train, Shinkansen, or the normal JR lines, but there is also a Kyoto Municipal subway station and Keihan station too, so no matter where you want to go in Kyoto, it’s easy to get to there from Kyoto Station. And in case there is no train line that goes to where you want to go, you can always take a bus, since Kyoto Station is also a bus terminal. Kyoto Station is not only transportation, but also an architectural masterpiece and a place where there is a lot to do. You can go to the top floor of the station and to the bamboo garden named “Happy Terrace,” or you can go have a bowl of ramen by some of the best Japanese ramen chains in Ramen Koji, or maybe you would like to view the scenes and the Kyoto Tower from up high from the Skyway.
The best part of Kyoto Station has to be this Skyway, from where you can get to see the Kyoto Tower and also Kyoto Station below you. Not for those afraid of heights, but a great place to take photos, and to see a different kind of Kyoto.
You can get a really nice view of the Kyoto Tower from Kyoto Station, so keep your eyes open when you head for the upper levels of the station building. Likewise, the best place to take pictures of Kyoto Station is from the Kyoto Tower.
Ramen Koji – a ramen “theme park”
Kyoto Station is also home to Ramen Koji, a place filled with all kinds of great ramen shops of different ramen styles. There is something here for everyone; pork stock from thick to extremely thick, and soup from miso all the way to soy sauce and salt. The Skyway can be accessed from Ramen Koji.
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Kyoto Station / 京都駅
|Address||Higashishiokoji Kamadono-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto|
|Directions||From Osaka: Take the Shinkaisoku Special Rapid Service from JR Osaka Station and you will be in Kyoto Station in just 28 minutes. From Tokyo: Take the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station and you will arrive at Kyoto Station in just 2 hours and 18 minutes.|
|Open Hours||Central gate ticket office: From January 1 to April 31: 5:25 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. From June 1 to December 31: 5:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.|
|Reservations||Train tickets can be reserved beforehand.|
|Closed||Open every day.|
Most of us will go through Kyoto Station when we get to Kyoto, and there is a lot to see at the station itself.
|Information||Japanese, English, Korean, traditional and simplified Chinese.|
|Lanuages spoken||2nd floor Kyoto Tourist Information Center: English, Chinese, Korean. Part-time: French, Spanish, German, and Thai.|