Sightseeing in Kyoto

Enjoy the Panoramic View from the "Kyoto Tower" observatory, it is the Symbolic of Kyoto!

The Kyoto Tower is a symbol representative of Kyoto prefecture, and is located right in front of Kyoto station. Since there is a regulation as to how high buildings can be built in Kyoto, the Kyoto Tower is the only one high-rise building that can be spotted from miles away, making it a significant monument in the city.

The Tower was built in 1964, and was inspired by a 'light-house' near the sea. The reason for this motif is that Kyoto does not have a sea, and therefore, the Kyoto Tower serves as a source of light that shines over the city, such as a light-house does in the sea. (*From the Official Kyoto Tower Website)

The observatory allows visitors to see a 360 degree panoramic view of the city. The historic city streets of Kyoto give a unique and refreshing edge to anyone who gazes upon it, as it differs from the iconic Tokyo Tower and the Tokyo Sky Tree, which are surrounded by large, high-rise buildings. In addition, the Kyoto Tower not only has an observatory, but it also has shopping and bathing facilities as well as a hotel for its guests.

If you visit Kyoto during your travels, the Kyoto Tower is located in the convenient place to visit as it stands right in front of Kyoto station. And it would be a good memory of the trip.

Table of Contents for this Article

1,Basic Information about Kyoto Tower
2,Useful Information about Kyoto Tower
3,View from Kyoto Tower
4,Access Information to Kyoto Tower

1,Basic Information about Kyoto Tower

Name: Kyoto Tower
Name in English: KYOTO TOWER
Prefecture: Kyoto prefecture
Area: Kyoto city (Near Kyoto station)
Address: 721-1 Higashishiokoji-cho Shichijyo Kudaru, Karasuma Toori Shimo gyou-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Telephone Number: 075-361-3215
Close day: Open year round
Hours: 9:00~21:00 (Final admission 20:40)
*The hours of operation differ according to the current season, so please visit the official website for more details.


Adults ¥770
High School students ¥620
Elementary and Middle School students ¥520
Child (Under 3 years old) ¥150

Parking: No special parking on site, but affiliated parking lot around the Tower is free up to 1 hour.

※Information of affiliated parking lot こちら
※Free up to an hour if you spend 2,000 yen or more on the observatory floor gift shops.
※Show your parking ticket when you buy tickets to enter the observatory.

Official Website:

Japanese: https://www.kyoto-tower.co.jp/kyototower/index.html

2,Useful Information about Kyoto Tower

Less than 10 minute walk from the nearest station: ◯
Credit card: X
Accompanied by: Friends/ Date/ Family/ Alone/ Group
Staff who can speak foreign languages: Unknown
Free Wi-Fi: Available

Public Radio LAN/KYOTO Wi-Fi
Corresponding Areas/Kyoto Tower observatory 4th and 5th floor (tickets needed)

Estimated visitation time: 1 hour ~
Height of the Kyoto Tower: 131 m above ground

3,View from Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower offers a spectacular view of various areas of the city. Here are some pictures to show you the beautiful view from the tower, and the tower itself.

The outside view of the Kyoto Tower

Looking up at the Kyoto Tower

The Light-up of the Tower at night looks like a candle light

The spectacular view from the Kyoto Tower

The view from Kyoto Tower Observatory

京都タワーからの眺め 北側
North side of Kyoto city

京都タワーからの眺め 東側
East side of Kyoto city (You can see Kiyomizu temple)

京都タワーからの眺め 西側
West side of Kyoto city

京都タワーからの眺め 南側
South side of Kyoto city (You can over look the JR Kyoto station building right next door)

4,Access Information to Kyoto Tower

Address: 721-1 Higashishiokoji-cho Shichijyo Kudaru, Karasuma Toori Shimo gyou-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Telephone Number: 075-361-3215
Transportation Information (Train):
2 minute walk from the main exit of JR Line "Kyoto" station
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Date created:2016/07/08

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