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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

Fresh green maples in Kyoto

May 2-30

Cherry blossoms in spring and colored foliages in autumn are the two most attractive times to appreciate Kyoto's beauty. However, lesser known yet must-not-miss is the ''Ao Momiji,'' or ''fresh green maple leaves'' in May, especially in the rural areas throughout Kyoto Prefecture.

The KYOTO BIFU exhibition will feature most recommended ''Ao Momiji'' scenes, both in Kyoto City and the wider Prefecture: Kameoka, Nantan, Kyotanba, Fukuchiyama, Ayabe and Keihoku in the Ukyo ward of Kyoto City. Traditional crafts produced in the mentioned cities will also be exhibited.

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.


LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2013 The LEGO Group.

Originally made to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the LEGO® brick's arrival in Japan and the 15th anniversary of the Kyoto Station Building, this special LEGO® model was completed in 2012.

The LEGO Group based in Denmark was established in 1932 by the Ole Kirk Kristiansen. The first LEGO® set was sold in Japan in 1962 and soon became an essential item which has entertained Japanese children and people for over 50 years and helped nurture their creativity through playing. Come and see this extraordinary one-of-a-kind Kyoto Station Building model now showcased at the East Square of the building.

Kyoto Station Building Concert Series

May 6 SUN
Kyoto Acoustic Music Journey

Venue: Open space in front of the Kyoto Station Building
Centered on the local Kyoto band, ''flat b,'' various other bands will also perform.

May 13 SUN
Kyoto Light Music League Spring Concert

Music concert by the bands from Kyoto's Light Music League will be performed.

May 19 SAT
The 36th Brass Band Day

Fantastic concert performed by university brass bands from the Kansai region.

May 20 SUN
Spring Station Music Concert

Light music concert performed by workers from Kyoto and local groups.

May 25 FRI
Heian Fureai Concert

The Kyoto Prefectural Police Band will perform fun music.

May 27 SUN
Kyoto Station Building Concert

Kyoto's junior high school students will perform lively music together!

*All concerts below, except the one held on May 6th, will be held at the Muromachi Koji Square (at the bottom of the big stairway); In case of rain, the event will be held in front of the Kyoto Station Building Information Center.

Take Photos with Lovely Characters ''Tetto & Scala''using the ''eAR'' App
Take photos and videos with Kyoto Station Building's cute mascot characters, ''Tetto & Scala''!

*Tetto & Scala image can be enjoyed outside the station building (i.e, at home, etc.) as well.

How to enjoy
1. Download the App ''Kyoto eAR'' with your devices.
2. Tap ''Tetto & Scala Image''

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 Kyoto Station Building will be romantically illuminated using special effects together with approx. 15,000 LED lights on the main stairway (125 steps) and special graphical images along with elegant music. Enjoy the artistic seasonal illuminations of Kyoto.

Welcome message
From 16:00 until May 6, from 17:00 after May 7

Special illumination
18:00-22:00 until May 6, 19:00-22:00 after May 7

*Illumination time varies depending on the season

Koi Nobori Carp Streamers

Aoi Festival

For more details, visit the website:

An Array of Internationally Popular Cosmetic Items at the JR KYOTO ISETAN

Directly connected to Kyoto Station, the JR KYOTO ISETAN offers everything you need. The Cosmetic Floor (2F) showcases about 20 popular brands from Japan and abroad, including ''CHANEL,'' ''SK-Ⅱ,'' and more. An array of natural cosmetic items available at ''Natural Cosmetics'' (3F), too! Visit our other floors for everything from the latest fashion to traditional crafts, Kyoto's traditional foods and our diverse selection of restaurants.

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

Japanese Cuisine UKIHASHI

Breakfast: 7:00 - 10:00
Lunch: 11:30 - 15:00 (L.O. 14:00)
Dinner: 17:00 - 22:00 (L.O. 21:00)

Phone: +81-(0)75-344-8888 (Hotel)

30 SHOPS as of January, 2018
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: popular apparel brands, watch, bag and ladies shoes and even morning breakfast is available on the B2F! On the 11F, a wide variety of dining options await you!

11F Food Alley: 11:00-22:00 (L.O. 21:30); 1F, B1F Kyoto Souvenirs: 8:30-20:00; B2F Fashion Floor: 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).

Cafe & Restaurant: 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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