Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and vacation rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

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.


Guide to Exploring around Kyoto Tower


Top Kyoto Tower Flight + Hotel Deals

Best Lodging Options Near Kyoto Tower

See all 3,230 Properties near Kyoto Tower
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto NT$2,844
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 mi (3 km). Kyoto Station is 9 minutes by foot and Toji Station is 12 minutes.

    Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto NT$2,981
    Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

    Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

    15 Nishi-Iwamotocho, Higashi-kujo, Kyoto, Kyoto
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kyoto TERRSA, Kyoto Tower, and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kujo Station is 9 minutes by foot and Tofukuji Station is 13 minutes.

      ORIENTAL HOTEL KYOTO ROKUJO NT$1,498
      ORIENTAL HOTEL KYOTO ROKUJO

      ORIENTAL HOTEL KYOTO ROKUJO

      181 Bokumikanabutsu-cho, Aburanokojidori Rokujo Agaru, Kyoto, Kyoto
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kyoto Tower, Toji Temple, and Sanjusangendo Temple. Nijō Castle and Gion Corner are also within 2 mi (3 km). Gojo Station is 8 minutes by foot and Tanbaguchi Station is 16 minutes.

        Kyoto Tower Hotel NT$1,332
        Kyoto Tower Hotel

        Kyoto Tower Hotel

        721-1 Higashishiokoji Karasumadori, 7 Josagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Central Kyoto, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Kyoto Aquarium and Toji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kyoto Station is 5 minutes by foot and Gojo Station is 13 minutes.

          Hotel Granvia Kyoto NT$4,162
          Hotel Granvia Kyoto

          Hotel Granvia Kyoto

          JR Kyoto Station, Karasuma Chuo-guchi, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Central Kyoto, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Kyoto Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kyoto Station is only a 5-minute walk and Gojo Station is 13 minutes.

            APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi NT$1,107
            APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi

            APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi

            Higashishiokojicho, 552-1, Kyoto, Kyoto
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Sanjusangendo Temple. Nishiki Market and Toji Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kyoto Station is 7 minutes by foot and Shichijo Station is 9 minutes.

              APA HOTEL KYOTO-EKIMAE NT$1,107
              APA HOTEL KYOTO-EKIMAE

              APA HOTEL KYOTO-EKIMAE

              806, Minami Fudodocho, Shiokoji-sagaru, Nishinotoin dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower, Higashi Honganji Temple, and Kyoto Aquarium. Toji Temple and Kyoto Railway Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kyoto Station is 6 minutes by foot and Toji Station is 13 minutes.

                Ace Hotel Kyoto NT$8,337
                Ace Hotel Kyoto

                Ace Hotel Kyoto

                245-2 Aneyakojidori, Higashinotoin-nishiiru Kurumayacho, Kyoto, Kyoto
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto International Manga Museum and Nishiki Market. Kawaramachi and Nijō Castle are also within 15 minutes. Karasuma Oike Station is only a 2-minute walk and Karasuma Station is 10 minutes.