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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.

*Photos courtesy; Kyoto Station Building

Experience the Gion Festival in the Kyoto Station Building!
Gion Bayashi music mini-concert & festival panel exhibits

The Gion Festival is one of Japan's three largest festivals and the most representative summer event of Kyoto. Exhibits and a mini-concert related to the Gion Festival will be held at the Kyoto Station Building, providing a good opportunity to learn about Kyoto's proudest festival. Enjoy live Gion Bayashi music performed by the Minami Kannon-yama Preservation Organization, as well as exhibits featuring an introductory Gion Festival panel and a closeup display of miniature festival floats.

Gion Bayashi Music Mini Concert
The ''Kon-chiki-chin'' of the Gion Bayashi music creates a festive mood in the Station Building! Enjoy their tunes performed with traditional Japanese instruments.

Minami Kannon-yama Preservation Organization (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)

July 8
Time: 13:00-13:40, 14:30-15:10, 16:00- 16:40
Venue: At Muromachi Koji Square (at the bottom of the big stairway)
*In case of rain, the event will be held in front of the station building

Gion Festival Panel Exhibits
Along with the panels introducing general information on the Gion Festival, this year new panels will be added to this exhibition featuring the lesser-known yet still fascinating highlights of the celebration. *In English, Chinese and Korean as well.

Miniature festival floats

July 3 - 24
Time: 10:00-19:00 (TBA)

Venue: In front of the information center in the station building

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 contemporary and traditional. Particularly, they focus on the works of artisans who embody this philosophy and, in turn, have come to represent the Kyoto way of life.

Exquisite green tea & seasonal Japanese sweets
Have a break at Kyoto Saryo

Here, customers can indulge in a bit of fun choosing various kinds of wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) from Kyoto's exclusive and traditional shops. Enjoy the taste of green tea in this space that is filled with Kyoto's atmosphere...relax for a little while! Some of the teas and utensils used at the shop are available for purchase as well, and will make great souvenirs to take back home from your time in Kyoto! Just next to the shop is the Kyoto Gallery, where you can view or purchase arts and crafts, from traditional to cutting edge, that are exhibited on a monthly basis.

Matcha green tea with choice of wagashi: 1,029 yen
Green tea ice cream: 617 yen

Basic Matcha Set (6,300 yen)

*All prices tax incl.

Kyoto Brands Exhibition
Until July 9, July 11-27

This exhibition introduces items born from innovative creativity, especially featuring new techniques, materials, designs and wisdom. The items are not only displayed for exhibition but available for purchase.

Exhibition from last year

Sample images

Kyoto Saryo Japanese Tea & Gallery
Gallery: 10:00-19:00; Cafe: 12:00-19:00 (L.O. 18:30)
2F of the Kyoto Station Building (next to the Station Building Information Center in the concourse)

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. Now, after 5 years, the Kyoto Station Building is celebrating its 20th anniversary and the illumination has become even more beautiful and attractive with new graphical images and music. The main stairway (125 steps) is illuminated with approx. 15,000 LED lights along with elegant music. Enjoy the artistic seasonal illuminations of Kyoto.

Welcome message: from 17:00
Special illumination: 19:00-22:00

*Illumination time varies depending on the season

For more details, visit the website:

Gion Festival (float)

Gion Festival (Hanagasa Procession)

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