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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

Experience the Gion Festival in the Kyoto Station Building!

Gion Festival Panel Exhibits & Gion Bayashi Mini Concert
The Gion Festival is one of Japan's three largest festivals and the most representative summer event of Kyoto. Exhibits and a mini concert featuring music from a Gion Festival ''Hayashi'' instrumentalist group known for playing whilst on floats in the parade will be held; a great opportunity to learn about Kyoto's most impressive festival!

Gion Festival Panel Exhibits

The exhibit features the ''Kesohin,'' the gorgeous tapestries and artifacts used for decorating the Yama & Hoko floats. As the commemoration of the 150th year of the Meiji Restoration, the special photo exhibit of ''Gion Festival in the Meiji Period'' will be a good opportunity to witness how people celebrated the festival in those days.

July 3-31
Time: 10:00-20:00 (TBA)

Venue: In front of the 2F Information Center in the Station Building

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.

July 7
Time: 13:00-13:40, 14:30-15:10, 16:00-16:40

Venue: 1F open space in front of the Station Building (TBA)

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.

* Photo from last year

''THOMAS & FRIENDS'' coming to Kyoto Station Building!

Time: 11:00-17:00

Venue: 1F open space in front of the Main Concourse and Hotel Granvia Kyoto; East square of the Station Building

This year too, the much-loved animated character, ''Thomas & Friends'' is coming to the Kyoto Station Building! This annual summertime event is a favorite for children. There will be ride, a big balloon attraction, stamp rally, and more, guaranteeing a great time for everyone!

Graphical Illumination PLUS
on the Big Stairway

The Kyoto Station Building will be romantically illuminated using special effects, together with approx. 15,000 LED lights, on the main stairway (125 steps) featuring special graphical images 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



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Savor 9 outstanding regional Ramen styles at Kyoto Ramen Koji

Just opened!
KINSEI from Osaka

Try Kinsei's award-winning ramen from Osaka! Rich & savory salt-base soup matches perfectly with chewy noodles.

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

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