Kyoto Station Building

Kyoto Station Building © Iry

The history of the Kyoto Station Building

The Kyoto Station’s construction is traced back to late 1877. Counting from the original building, the current building that was completed in 1997 is the 4th iteration of the building. Rather than conventional planar structure, it uses an ultra-modern structure with the highest point being 60m. There was controversy over the new building and particularly over whether it would detract from the Kyoto landscape, but now it is widely known as the new face of tourism for Kyoto where the old and the new coexist side by side.

Main Facilities

The main facilities of the Kyoto Station Building are as follows.

・JR Kyoto Isetan

Kyoto’s largest department store


・Shopping area「The CUBE」

A shopping area ranging from the latest fashions to well-known Kyoto stores.


Kyoto Ramen alley

Has 8 stores known from around the country, as well as local Kyoto ramen shops.


・Underground mall "Porta"

Casual fashion brands and grocery stores, cafes and restaurants.


Kyoto theatre

A theatre that focuses on musical performances


・Hotel Granvia Kyoto

A hotel worthy of belonging to Kyoto’s front door.


・Museum "Eki" Kyoto

A Museum that holds paintings, crafts, fashion, anime, books, etc. from a wide variety of genres.


・The Kyoto Tourist Information Center "Kyo Navi"

Tourist office with brochures for many languages.


Most tourists visiting Japan arrive at Kyoto Station when they come to Kyoto. Thus the first thing they see is neither Kiyomizu Temple nor the Temple of the Golden Pavilion. The old-fashioned image of the ancient capital might soon be snatched away by the contrasting Kyoto Station Building.

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Description: Kyoto Station Building

Sights Kyoto Station Building (京都駅ビル)
Address 901, Higashishiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-361-4401
Duration 3Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:10:00-20:00
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Kyoto Station Building