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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan. Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan.
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare. An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare.
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife. Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife.
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan. Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan.
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara. The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara.
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower. Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower.
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving. Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving.
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky. The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky.
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

KYOTO Around Kyoto Station Kyoto Station, both a gateway and a destination

Kyoto Station, both a gateway and a destination

Kyoto Station, which lies on the Tokaido Shinkansen line, is a convenient gateway to Kyoto's sightseeing spots, as well as other major cities in Japan.

The station itself is a thoroughly modern structure, with extensive shopping and dining concourses including an entire floor dedicated to ramen eateries, and an Isetan Department Store.

Kyoto Station also houses a theater and a branch of the upmarket Hotel Granvia. Just outside the Central Exit is the iconic Kyoto Tower, which at over 130 meters can be seen from across the city.

Don't Miss

  • The futuristic Kyoto Station building
  • Some of Kyoto's most important landmarks within walking distance of the station
  • Great day trips from Kyoto Station

How to Get There

From Tokyo Station , it takes approximately two hours and 20 minutes on the fastest shinkansen bullet train to reach Kyoto. If you are travelling from Haneda Airport or Narita Airport , it will take another 20 minutes or one hour respectively.

From Kansai International Airport, the Haruka Express whisks you into Kyoto Station in approximately one hour and 15 minutes.

Kyoto Station also lies on the Karasuma subway line which runs through central Kyoto.

Quick Facts

The futuristic station was completed on the 1,200th anniversary of Kyoto's founding

Kyoto is home to about 1.5 million residents but around 50 million tourists visit Kyoto every year

It's Japan's second largest train station building after Nagoya Station

Exploring the Kyoto Station area on foot

The area around the station is more modern and urbanized compared to other areas of Kyoto, yet within 15 minutes you can be transported back in time by some of the city's outstanding historical sites, including the two UNESCO World Heritage sites of Toji and Higashi Honganji temples.

Magnificent temples and vestiges of Meiji era (1868-1912) Japan

Venture west of Kyoto Station and you will encounter Toji Temple, built in 796, soon after Kyoto's founding, It is the only remaining of the three temples that were allowed to be built in Kyoto at that time. There is an excellent flea market on the 21st of each month held in its large grounds. The five-story pagoda of Toji Temple is, for many, like Kyoto Tower, one of the most memorable things you can see from Kyoto Station.

If you depart eastwards from Kyoto Station, the monumental Higashi Honganji is impossible to miss.

Continuing along Shichijo Street across the Kamo River is Kyoto National Museum , a distinctive Meiji era (1868-1912) building housing countless examples of Japanese fine arts and crafts. A new wing was completed in 2014. Special exhibitions here can draw very large crowds and visits during these times require planning ahead.

Sanjusangendo , formally known as Rengeoin Temple, is located right across the street from Kyoto National Museum . The temple is named after the structure of its main hall, the 33 bays of which are home to an astounding 1,001 statues of the Goddess of Mercy and accompanying deities. Hundreds of kimono and hakama-clad young ladies compete in the popular Toshiya Archery Festival every January, which takes place outside the building.

Small, yet fascinating museums

Other venues near Kyoto Station that make good options especially on a rainy day include the Kyoto Costume Museum, where you can dress up as a Heian-period courtier; the Kyoto Railway Museum ; and the Ryukoku Museum, host to a walk-through digital recreation of a Silk Road cave.

Traveling with kids? Umekoji Park and the Kyoto Aquarium also can be found a short distance away.

Day trips from Kyoto Station include Nara, Osaka, Kobe and neighboring Shiga Prefecture. Provided you start early, day excursions further afield to Hiroshima , to the south, or Kanazawa , to the north, are also feasible. Don't forget to pick up a tasty eki-ben lunch box before embarking on your journey.

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