Kyoto Tower

“The wheels on the bus go round and round….”
We’ve finally boarded the bus and after much fooling around, we’re almost about to reach our destination; Kyoto Tower!
I’ve been in Kyoto previously, please feel free to check out the link below if you’re interested!
And of course, if you want to see my previous (and younger) days in Kyoto, please use the links below too!

Kyoto Tower

The Kyoto tower was built in 1964 and the architect of the building is Makoto Tanahashi.
When the building plans for the tower were announced, many people stood against the building because they considered the tower to be too modern for the ancient capital.
Awaiting the sun to set, first class seats! =P
Many described Kyoto Tower as “a stake through the heart of the city” and they’ve got a point, way back then. It was considered hideous and had got nothing in common with the history or culture of the city.
Many locals come here to admire the grand sunset of Kyoto!
But back in 1964, when the 131-meter tower went up, it must have seemed to city residents as a bold declaration of the city’s entry into the modern world.
Kyoto Tower now stands on top of a typical commercial building, which contains souvenir shops, restaurants and a hotel, as well as a public bath in the basement.
If you want to orient yourself as soon as you arrive in town, this is the place to do so.
Located right outside the Karasuma gate of the station, this retro tower looks like a rocket perched atop the Kyoto Tower Hotel.
The Karasuma gate is the northern gate of the subway that leads directly to Kyoto Tower.
On a clear day, the majestic mountain range will be visible!
The tower provides excellent views in all directions and you can really get a sense for the Kyoto bonchi; meaning “flat basin”.
The view from Kyoto Tower is simply magnificent!
There are also free mounted binoculars to use, and these allow spectacular views over to Kiyomizu-dera and even as far south as Osaka.
Even without those binoculars however, the birds eye view of Kyoto from above is sure to take your breath away!
  • Kyoto Tower is located on: 721-1 Karasuma-dori Higashi Shiokoji-cho Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8216.
  • The Viewing Platform is opened from: 9:00 to 21:00 every day.
  • The admission fee is: 770 yen
Looking through the binoculars, you can see Kiyomizu Temple in the distance!
 I’ve met a half-furious traveler who told me this, to quote him: “The best thing about the tower, from a traveler’s perspective, is this – When you’re inside it, admiring the great views over the city, you can’t see the tower itself”.
And my response: “Yeah, but you’ve already got your view of Kyoto Tower while you were walking here…unless you were not looking up? If so, then please take the elevator down, cross the road and admire the tower from there. Oh…and this time, please don’t forget to look up”! =)
Back down below at Kyoto Station City, a musical fountain spectacular is held every night.
There are 2 sides to Kyoto. This is the futuristic side, which is the Kyoto Station City side!
On the roof of a small building which houses a few shops, in front of Kyoto Station – is a nightly display in which water jets are lit to look like little fireworks and are set to synchronized music to present a wonderful show.
It’s might be bit corny to some, but it sure was fun for us, and especially for those with kids.
To most, I’m sure it would be worth stopping by to watch if you’re in the area.
These shows take place daily, every evening at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 9.30pm.
A quick dinner before the “Grand Finale”
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18 thoughts on “Kyoto Tower

  1. Hi ! Thank you for visiting my blog I previously saw your post on garden by the bay in singapore but didnt leave a comment here . I am good just slightly busy with work hope you are good too !

    • Rain-chann! You’re welcome! It was totally beautiful! I understand you are busy with work, don’t stress yourself out too much ok? Have a wonderful day ahead!

  2. Hopefully I can go to japan this year and visit all these places! I’m so jealous! you’re always traveling!

    • Yeah! I hope so much for your wish to come over to Japan too! Travelling is my passion, although most of the time it’s for business, but i do take some time off as well to visit the cities and embrace it’s culture! Anyway, I wish you all the best!
      When you do come to Japan, feel free to let me know, I’ll do my best to assist you in anyway possible!

  3. The view from Kyoto Tower is no kidding >33<
    I hope I can visit Japan soon ^^
    anw nice review

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog.So you blog about Japan.I love Japan and it’s one of the countries I want to visit someday;)

    • You are very welcome! That’s great! I’m so happy to hear that! When you do, please feel free to let me know and i’ll be glad to assist you in whatever way i can! 🙂

  5. lovely photos 🙂

  6. I would love to visit the Kyoto Tower!! 🙂 It’s so beautiful c:
    Btw thanks for your follow 🙂

    • You’re welcome Jenny-chann.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the entry. You definitly should visit Kyoto one day!
      I’ll be more than happy to show you around!

  7. Estou bem! E você?

    Adorei o post! ;D

    Ótima quinta!

    Beijo! ^^

  8. Amazing pics!!!!XoXo

  9. Hey darling! Thanks for your comment on my blog and I added you on my blogroll! 🙂 I can’t wait for yours c:
    Love, Jenny

    • Thanks Jenny! I’m working on constructing the blogroll now. Please bare with me for a little while! I’ll drop you a comment over at your blog once it’s complete! 🙂

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