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In 2017, Kyoto Station Building will mark its celebratory 20th anniversary!
Dining, shopping, cultural experiences and fun events-Kyoto's gateway is always open to everyone.

Christmas Special Events 2016
During wintertime, the Kyoto Station Building's various sites will be illuminated with beautiful Christmas decorations and festive lighting. What is more, many fun events will take place all around the complex. Join Kyoto Station Building's special Christmas events and spend a joyful moment!

Let's Find Santa Claus & Take a Photo Together!
Dec. 10 & 11, 17 & 18 10:00-20:00 (TBA)

Santa Claus will appear at various sites in the station building. Try to find Santa, who is trying to flee! If you catch him, ask to take a photo together (with your camera or smart phone) and make a special memory. Children who succeed in taking a photo with Santa Claus will receive a small gift.

Kyoto Station Building Presents Special Christmas Programs
During Christmastime, Kyoto's local radio stations will set up a special broadcasting station and present live broadcasts, live shows by popular singers and artists, and Christmas miniconcerts will make it even more festive and fun!

α-STATION ''Live Broadcast & BENI Live Performance''
Dec. 3

12:00-14:00 (live broadcast)
14:20-15:00 (TBA; BENI's Live)

KBS Kyoto ''Live Broadcast & Mini Concert''
Dec. 4

12:00-13:20 (TBA; Christmas mini concert)
14:00-17:00 (live broadcast & events)

KBS Kyoto ''Live Broadcast & UA Live Performance''
Dec. 24

13:00-14:00 (live broadcast)
14:15-14:45 (TBA; UA's Live)

Venues: Muromachi Koji Square
*In case of rain, in front of the HOTEL GRANVIA KYOTO
*If the audience is too big, seating may be limited and the gate may be closed.

Christmas Mini Concert by Local Groups & Performers
Presented by KBS Kyoto, one of Kyoto's major radio stations, a Christmas mini-concert performed by local groups and performers from the Kansai area will be held each day.

Dec. 10, 17, 25
Part 1: 14:00-15:00
Part 2: 15:30-16:30

Venue: Muromachi Koji Square
*In case of rain, in front of the HOTEL GRANVIA KYOTO

The Kyoto Station Building will showcase Kyoto's elegance and beauty to the visitors through gorgeous display and fun events.

IKEBANA Exhibition

Kyoto Station Building marks its 20th anniversary in 2017, and this grand ''Ikebana Flower Arrangement Exhibition'' is a premier anniversary event to welcome visitors at the gateway of Kyoto. Ikebana is one of Kyoto's leading art forms, known throughout the world– 18 flower arrangement schools will present splendid flower arrangements in the Station Building from the year-end through New Year's holidays. Feel the Japanese spirit.

Dec. 30 - Jan. 5
Venues: Front Square of the Station Building (2F Lobby and in front of the HOTEL GRANVIA KYOTO)
Information Center of the Station Building
SUVACO (Toki-no-Hiroba Square)

Take a Photo with the Virtual Maiko with ''eAR'' APP
Wish to meet a beautiful maiko? Then, come to the Kyoto Station Building, and you will have a chance to glimpse pretty figure of maiko with this special App, ''eAR.'' At certain sites in the station building where special markers are set, hold your device to the marker and a lovely virtual maiko will appear on the screen! Not only can you capture her in the photo, but can even see her greet you and dance! What is more, you can join in the photo or video and can create special images with the maiko as a keepsake.

After Dec. 30 (throughout the year)
Venues: At various places in the Kyoto Station Buidling

Run the App, hold your devices to the appointed marker at each site

With your mobile device, download the App ''Kyoto eAR.'' The App can be found at the App Store and Google Play.
Start ''Kyoto eAR'' App and tap ''The Spirit of Japan.''
Hold your device to the markers and enjoy a moment with a lovely maiko!

Graphical Illumination on the Big Stairway
The ''Big Stairway,'' a highlight of the station building and a popular spot for tourists, will be illuminated at night with beautiful images of Kyoto's scenery. The Big Stairway has an unbelievable total of 171 stairs and uses about 15,000 LED lights for this wondrous performance. Enjoy a show of powerful yet subtle beauty!

Various beautiful images and messages: from 17:00
Winter images: 15:00-22:00

Christmas (Until Dec. 25)

Food, Clothing, and Housing Items
All you need under one roof at the JR KYOTO ISETAN

Directly connected to Kyoto Station, the JR KYOTO ISETAN department store offers an array of shopping options - from the latest fashion to Kyoto specialties, traditional crafts, daily housing items - all the needs to fit your lifestyle. Our unique and diverse restaurant selections also welcome you. Helpful services for foreign customers are available (Tax-Free Counter and Automatic Foreign Currency Exchange Machines).

Open: 10:00-20:00
11F Restaurants: 11:00-22:00
7F-10F Open View restaurants: 11:00-23:00
Tel: 075-352-1111 Closed: Irregularly


An elegant space, and a feast for the eyes. The scintillating flavors of a master chef welcome you.

Open: 7:00-10:00; 11:30-15:00 (L.O.14:00); 17:00-22:00 (L.O.21:00); Phone: 075-344-8888 (Hotel); 075-342-5527 (Ukihashi) http://www.granviakyoto.com

26 SHOPS as of July, 2016
Kyoto Wi-Fi available at B2F and 11F

Convenient access from both JR & Subway Kyoto stations!
An array of all kinds of great shopping scenes. A wide variety of dining options on the 11F!

If you bring a receipt of more than 5,000 yen(excl. tax) to the B2F CUBE office, a special tumbler will be presented to the first 10 customers!!!

11F Gourmet Floor: 11:00-22:00 (L.O. 21:30); 1F, B1F KYO-MEIKA Souvenirs: 8:30-20:00; B2F Fashion: 10:00-20:00 (until 21:00 on Fri. & Sat.)
*Opening times vary depending on the shop.
Tel: 075-371-2134 ; http://en.thecube.jp

Porta Dining
Fantastic Food Mall with Excellent Choices

A great variety of dining options are gathered at this mall from Japanese, Chinese, Western dishes to fast food and cafes! Directly connected to Kyoto Station, this is the best place to spend your time while waiting for your next journey. Shops and bakeries for take-away food are also available! *Major credit cards accepted at all shops (incl. GINREN).

11:00-22:00 (morning from 7:30)
*Opening hours vary depending on the restaurant.
Tel: 075-365-7528 (English spoken)

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