ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Kyoto Station Free View

Updated on July 27, 2015
thealpaca profile image

This author is a former I.T. graduate turned vagabond who travelled extensively and has lived and worked in Japan for many years.

Free Views

Japan has many great views that can be enjoyed for free. The popular tourist places have paid viewing areas on top of large buildings. However there are many views from the tops of buildings that can be accessed for free. It’s fun to discover where they are. Kyoto is a more expensive city than Osaka. It is a tourist city, with tourist prices. So it’s refreshing to be able to enjoy one of Japan’s best views for free.

Kyoto station in my opinion is the most unique train station I have ever seen. It is a huge rectangle that is covered in glass windows. It contains thousands of shops, an open roof on the inside, and an extremely long escalator ride to the top of the building. Once at the top you can enjoy a free 360 degree view of the entire city. It’s a great place to take photographs and enjoy your lunch if you have brought it with you. Seats are provided at the top. Also one can spend hours exploring the shops in the building and the underground shopping mall. Alternatively there is a paid view across the road at the Kyoto tower, which is a bit better and slightly higher off the ground.

Here some images of Kyoto station and landmarks which can be seen from the viewing platform. Keep in mind there is a tall glass wall so it’s hard to take a clear image from behind the glass.

Kyoto Tower At Night Kyoto Japan
Kyoto Tower At Night Kyoto Japan | Source
Kyoto JR Station escalator
Kyoto JR Station escalator | Source
Kyoto JR Station train
Kyoto JR Station train | Source
Kyoto JR Station front
Kyoto JR Station front | Source
Kyoto JR Station Helipad
Kyoto JR Station Helipad | Source
Kyoto tower
Kyoto tower | Source
The mountains surround the city on all sides. This makes the city extremely hot in summer and cold in winter.
The mountains surround the city on all sides. This makes the city extremely hot in summer and cold in winter. | Source
Kyoto JR Station main street
Kyoto JR Station main street | Source
4 stars for Lonely planet

How To Get There

To get there from Osaka just take the JR train from Umeda Station, Osaka.

Kyoto Station Central Gate

kyoto jr:
Central Entrance, Higashishiokōjichō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 600-0000, Japan

get directions

Your Thoughts Please

Is Kyoto Station the best train station in Japan?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • poetryman6969 profile image


      3 years ago

      I'm all for saving some money!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)