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Kyoto Station Building Information

The Gateway to Kyoto
The perfect complement to traditional Kyoto, the Station Building's modern design is not only the city's main transportation hub, but is home to a variety of amazing cultural, dining and shopping experiences. Enjoy futuristic facilities in the heart of the ancient capital!

*All Photos courtesy; Kyoto Station Building

On August 16, with the opening of the Daimonji ozan Okuribi Send-off ire ritual, the sky walk and the big sky square in the Kyoto Station Building will be closed to the public from 19:00-20:30.


Meet the Beauty of Japanese Garden in Kyoto
August 2nd (FRI) - 30th (FRI)
By the Information Center (2F)

Kyoto is a home to over 2000 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Gardens have been an indispensable element for religious compounds while courtyard gardens, or ''Tsubo-niwa,'' are also essential in the traditional machiya townhouses. This month, KYOTO BIFU welcomes you to the world of Japanese gardens in Kyoto.

Panel Exhibitions
A variety of Japanese garden styles
Transition of Japanese gardens
Gardens in machiya townhouses
Master gardeners and their works
Tips to enjoy Japanese gardens
Best 10 gardens in Kyoto recommended by a professional photographer

Exhibit of a miniature garden

KYOTO BIFU ''NEXT'' -Beauty of Living KOUGEI
August 2nd (FRI) -September 11th (WED)
West Square (2F)

''Traditional crafts of Kyoto living today'' -A variety of crafts from Kyoto represents ''Unchanged'' and ''Changing.'' Some remain traditional while others are made with cutting-edge modern technology and contemporary concept.

Referring to a way of life fundamental to Kyoto culture and nurtured by the city's artisans, the word ''Bifu'' can be translated to ''lovely ways'' or ''beautiful customs.'' The KYOTO BIFU exhibitions at Kyoto Station Building introduce ''Bifu'' in its various forms, both new and traditional. Particularly, they focus the works of artisans who embody this philosophy and, in turn, have come to represent the Kyoto way of life.

Celebrating the 140th anniversary of the commencement of Shimogyo Ward
Shimogyo & Kyoto Station Area Summer Festa 2019

August 24 (SAT)
Kyoto Station Building Eki-mae Square (10:00-17:00)
-Fun events on the stage. Lovely mascot characters will come to meet you!
-Kids Event Summer festival stalls and games

Nishi Honganji Temple Area
-Special opening of the restoration site of Hiun-kaku (National Treasure)
At Nishi Hongan-ji Temple / 10:00-16:30 *First 500 people can receive a papercraft.
-Acoustic guitar concert
At Room 101 Ryukoku Museum / 11:00-11:30 & 14:00-14:30
-Street Concert
At the basement entrance of Ryukoku Museum / 16:30-17:10

Higashi Honganji Temple Area
-Kyoto Food & Art Market in Higashi Hongan-ji Temple (10:00-17:00)
-Mini SL Ride (11:00-15:00)

Hiun-kaku (National Treasure) at Nishi Hongan-ji Temple

August 17 (SAT) - 24 (SAT)
Hin'yari Cool Shopping Street around the Summer Festa Venues (Sujin Shinmachi)

August 23 (FRI) / 17:30-21:00
Karasuma Night Festival in front of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple

Savor 9 outstanding regional Ramen styles at
Kyoto Ramen Koji
KYOTO RAMEN KOJI is a great destination for Ramen lovers! Nine locally loved Ramen from around Japan and a matcha cafe come together.

Open daily: 11:00-22:00 (L.O. 21:30); Kyoto Station Bldg. 10F
South Side of Daikaidan (Big Stairway)

Graphical Illumination PLUS
on the Big Stairway

The artistic Graphical Illumination on the Big Stairway began in 2012 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Kyoto Station Building. The main stairway (125 steps) is illuminated with approx. 15,000 LED lights, set along with elegant music. Enjoy the artistic seasonal illuminations of Kyoto.

Illumination: 17:00-22:00
*Illumination time varies depending on the season.
*The illumination will not operate during special events.

Kyoto Tanabata Star Festival

Gozan-no Okuribi Fire Ritual (from Aug. 9 to 16)

For more details, visit the website:

Gourmet Recommendation
This Month

Kyoto Kimura-ya Honten
In a relaxing and classical Kyoto atmosphere, try Kimuraya's Motsu-nabe (cow innards) hot pot and shabushabu (beef).

1F of the east side of the Station Bldg., Kyoto Gekijo Theatre zone
11:00-24:00 (L.O. 23:00)

Motsu-nabe hotpot using fresh cow innards

CAFE Cento Cento
Stylish cafe and restaurant on the 7th floor on the east side of the Station Building. Sit back and relax with cafe au lait with ample fluffy foam or refreshing herb tea. Splendid illumination will entertain diners during dinner hours.

7F of the Est Square of the Kyoto Station Bldg. 11:00-22:30 (Lunch L.O. 15:00, Dinner L.O. 21:15)

Try authentic Japanese at
Washoku Koji
On the 1F and 2F on the east side of the Kyoto Station Building (in the Kyoto Gekijo Theatre zone), four Japanese restaurants await you. Whichever you try, authentic, seasonal and relishing Japanese specialties will satisfy your palate and eyes.

Convenient Facilities in the Kyoto Station Building
Make your travel in Kyoto easier and comfortable!

Coin Locker

A number of coin lockers are available at various locations in the Station Building. Visit the ''Locker Concierge'' and check the location online!

Crosta Kyoto Carry Service

Crosta Kyoto offers a convenient temporary luggage room and delivery service from Kyoto Station to accommodations in almost all areas of Kyoto City. Delivery service to Kansai International Airport Station or other locations is also available.
8:00-20:00 / Open every day

Kyoto Station Building Information by PDF

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