Kyoto Tower

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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.

Top Hotels Close to Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower Hotel
Kyoto Tower Hotel
3.5 out of 5
721-1 Higashishiokoji Karasumadori, 7 Josagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is NT$766 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Kyoto Aquarium and Toji Temple are also within 1 mi ...
4/5Very Good! (992 reviews)
"Tv in my room was very small and old and this isnt good for 4 star hotel"

Reviewed on 2020/2/4

Kyoto Tower Hotel
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
4.5 out of 5
JR Kyoto Station, Karasuma Chuo-guchi, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
Fully refundable
The price is NT$2,738 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in Central Kyoto, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Costume Museum are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,068 reviews)
"I picked this hotel last minute due to Covid but we really enjoyed our stay. It is right outside the Kyoto train station so getting around was super easy and there are so many places to shop and eat. The only downside was the hotel is not a good fit if you are traveling with young children. The pool ..."

Reviewed on 2021/4/10

Hotel Granvia Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is NT$1,925 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Kyoto Railway Museum and Nishiki Market are also within 2 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,195 reviews)
"Great staff, made us feel at home during our stay. Very helpful with impeccable service."

Reviewed on 2021/6/2

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
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UNIZO INN Kyoto Kawaramachi Shijo
UNIZO INN Kyoto Kawaramachi Shijo
3 out of 5
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4.5 out of 5
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The price is NT$2,738 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is NT$766 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
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RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
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The price is NT$1,925 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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Mercure Kyoto Station
4 out of 5
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The price is NT$1,123 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
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Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Ekimae
4 out of 5
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The price is NT$1,261 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
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Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo (Former New Miyako Hotel)
Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo (Former New Miyako Hotel)
3.5 out of 5
17 Nishi Kujoin-machi, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is NT$1,250 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
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Hotel Kanra Kyoto
Hotel Kanra Kyoto
4 out of 5
190 Kitamachi, Karasuma-dori, Rokujyo sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is NT$3,275 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
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The Thousand Kyoto
The Thousand Kyoto
4 out of 5
570 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is NT$3,833 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
The Thousand Kyoto
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