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Kyoto Tower


See Kyoto in all its glory from the Kyoto Tower

If you want to see the city of Kyoto in all its glory then Kyoto Tower, the city's tallest building is the best place to do so. On a clear day, you can see right across the city! Standing just outside Kyoto station at 131 meters it’s pretty much the perfect place to start your visit to Kyoto.

The tower was designed by Dr. Makoto Tanahashi of Kyoto University and built from 1963-1964, and now serves as an iconic modern landmark of a predominantly historical city. Made out of steel rings which are then covered with light steel, the tower itself stands on a commercial building which features stores, restaurants, hotels and a sauna to name just a few.

The observation deck is about 100m above ground, and though some still find the tower out of sync with the many historical sites in the city, there is no denying that it is by far the best place to get a panoramic view of the city. You can even plan the rest of your trip after taking a look at all the main sights from above!


  • 8:30am – 9:00pm, daily
  • +81 75-361-3215
  • 721-1 Karasuma Dori, Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 600-8216, Japan.
  • Kyoto tower is on the northern side of Kyoto Station.

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