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Exploring around Kyoto station & beyond


The gateway into Kyoto starts from this station whether you are arriving via shinkansen (bullet train) or airport transfer buses. Highly recommend staying nearby the station as it’s unarguably the most strategic location to map out your routes around this ancient city. 

Kyoto city offers various types of accommodations ranging from modern style hotels to traditional ryokans with rooms large enough to accommodate big groups.

Such as Hotel Imagine Kyoto, this new sophisticated modern ryokan (5 mins walk from Kyoto station) can fit up to 7 people comfortably in each room. Personally, I like staying here because their spacious room is perfect for families with young children. 

Places to visit nearby on foot:

  • Toji temple -15 mins walk
  • Kyoto Aquarium & Train museum - 25 mins walk
  • Rokusonno Shrine (sakura spot)- 20 mins walk


  • Avanti Mall, AEON & ISETAN (for family friendly dining & tax free shopping) – 5 mins walk

There’s also a direct train from Kyoto station heading to Arashiyama where you can enjoy not only the scenic bamboo grooves but also a traditional “instagenic” Japanese style foot spa called ‘Arashiyu’. 

Insider Tip: Crowd-free photo spots with Kyoto tower you wouldn’t want to miss from Kyoto station

  • JR ISETAN, 10th floor sky deck
  • Karasuma square 4th floor
  • 15th floor of Granvia hotel 



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