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Kyoto Tower

In a city known for its temples and other ancient relics, this observation point catches the eye as an example of 20th-century innovation.

The steel Kyoto Tower stands 430 feet (131 meters) high, making it the tallest in the city. Built on top of a nine-story building, the top part of the tower is supposed to resemble a Japanese-style candle. It can be seen from all over Kyoto, which makes it an attractive meeting point.

Take an elevator up to the deck, which is at 328 feet (100 meters) high. Take panoramic photos of the city and the Higashiyama and Arshiyama mountains. Due to a height restriction on most buildings, you can see for miles around, at times as far as Osaka. Use the telescope to spot attractions around the city that you have been to.

Visit the stores in the building below the tower. Peruse souvenirs, books and a 100-yen store. Look for arts, crafts and fabrics in the shopping area. Head to the spa on the lower floor of the structure. Admire the lights of the old city at night. Stay at the Kyoto Tower Hotel. Try the food at the Sky Lounge, a circular restaurant with postcard-pretty views. Relax and enjoy the relief of air-conditioned rooms during Kyoto’s hot and humid summers.

The tower was constructed in 1964. Architects designed it to withstand earthquakes and typhoons. It is open daily, morning until evening. There is an entrance fee for the tower, and prices vary for different age groups and students.

Kyoto Tower stands in the center of the city. It is the most accessible attraction in the area, as it is right by the main transportation hub, Kyoto Station. Regular buses, including the JR bus, and trains from all over Kyoto go to the station.


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Lodging Near Kyoto Tower

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RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

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    Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nishihonganji Temple, Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Higashi Honganji Temple and Toji Temple ...

    RIHGA Royal Hotel KyotoAU$169

    Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

    Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

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      Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kyoto TERRSA, Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Kyoto Aquarium ...

      Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande KyotoAU$228

      Hotel Granvia Kyoto

      Hotel Granvia Kyoto

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        Located in Central Kyoto, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also ...

        Hotel Granvia KyotoAU$338

        Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA 

        Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA 

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          Located in Higashikujo Nishisannocho, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto TERRSA and Kyoto Tower. Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple ...

          Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA AU$177

          APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekikita

          APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekikita

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            Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Higashi Honganji Temple, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Nijō Castle and Kiyomizu Temple. Yasaka Shrine ...

            APA Hotel Kyoto-EkikitaAU$85

            Via Inn Kyoto Station Hachijoguchi

            Via Inn Kyoto Station Hachijoguchi

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              Situated in Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto TERRSA and Kyoto Tower. Higashi Honganji Temple and Toji Temple are also within 1 mile (2 km). ...

              Via Inn Kyoto Station HachijoguchiAU$115

              ibis Styles Kyoto Station

              ibis Styles Kyoto Station

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                Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kyoto Tower, Toji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. Fushimi Inari Shrine and Gion Corner are also ...

                ibis Styles Kyoto StationAU$115

                Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Terrace Hachijo Higashiguchi

                Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Terrace Hachijo Higashiguchi

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                  Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also within ...

                  Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Terrace Hachijo HigashiguchiAU$170

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