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Attractions in and around Kyoto Station


Whether you are arriving via shinkansen (bullet train) or airport transfer bus, Kyoto Station serves as the perfect gateway to Kyoto, the former capital of Japan and a cultural capital and popular tourist destination. 


As Japan’s second largest station after Nagoya, Kyoto Station connects you with some of the ancient city’s most stunning attractions. A direct train takes you straight to Arashiyama, where you can enjoy not only the scenic bamboo groves but also a traditional Japanese-style foot spa called Arashiyu.


Multiple attractions within walking distance


However, this ultra-modern, 60-meter structure of shining glass and gray steel is more than just a transportation hub. Kyoto Station is the most strategic location to map out your routes around this ancient city, with multiple attractions within walking distance. 


- Toji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Japan’s tallest pagoda, standing at 54.8 meters (15-minute walk)

- Kyoto Aquarium, two floors of themed areas exhibiting a variety of aquatic creatures that includes river-dwelling Japanese giant salamanders (25-minute walk) 

- Kyoto Railway Museum, a sprawling museum where guests can immerse themselves in Japan’s rich railway history. Don’t miss the train conductor simulators and the country’s largest train diorama at a massive 30 meters in width and 10 meters in depth! (20-minute walk)

- Rokusonno Shrine, a spot known to locals for its beautiful cherry blossoms (20-minute walk) 

- Kyoto Avantil, Isetan Department Store, and AEON Mall for family-friendly dining and tax-free shopping (5-minute walk)




Things to do in Kyoto Station


Kyoto Station is also an attraction in its own right, packed with shops, restaurants, and unmissable photo spots. Check out these lookout points with views to die for, courtesy of the imposing Kyoto Tower in the background!


- Sky deck on JR Kyoto Isetan, 10th floor
- Karasuma Square, 4th floor
- Hotel Granvia, 15th floor 


Accommodation options around Kyoto Station


Seeking accommodation? Nearby Kyoto Station, you will find various types of lodgings, ranging from modern-style hotels to traditional ryokan (Japanese inn), with rooms large enough to accommodate big groups.



Personally, we loved staying at Hotel Imagine Kyoto, a sophisticated modern ryokan just five minutes away from Kyoto Station. Its spacious quarters can fit up to seven people comfortably in each room―perfect for families with young children! 


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