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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.


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RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto RM328
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 Kawaramachi are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kyoto Station is 9 minutes by foot and Toji Station is 12 minutes.

    Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Ekimae RM533
    Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Ekimae

    Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Ekimae

       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Kyoto Aquarium and Sanjusangendo Temple are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kyoto Station is 6 minutes by foot and Gojo Station is 13 minutes.

      ibis Styles Kyoto Station RM218
      ibis Styles Kyoto Station

      ibis Styles Kyoto Station

      47 Higashikujo Kamitonoda-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kyoto Tower and Toji Temple. Kenninji Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine are also within 3 mi (5 km). Kujo Station is 7 minutes by foot and Toji Station is 12 minutes.

        APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi RM165
        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.

          Hotel Granvia Kyoto RM308
          Hotel Granvia Kyoto

          Hotel Granvia 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 mile (2 km). Kyoto Station is only a 5-minute walk and Gojo Station is 13 minutes.

            Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto RM426
            Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

            Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

              Kyoto Tower Hotel RM198
              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.

                APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekikita RM165
                APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekikita

                APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekikita

                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Higashi Honganji Temple, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Nijō Castle and Kiyomizu Temple. Yasaka Shrine and Kyoto Imperial Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). Kyoto Station is 7 minutes by foot and Gojo Station is 16 minutes.