Seen from Kyoto Station, Kyoto Tower (built 1964, 131 meters tall). Kyoto, Japan.
Standing 131 meters tall just across from Kyoto Station in Japan, Kyoto Tower is the city's tallest structure. The tower was completed in 1964, the same year as the opening of the shinkansen (bullet train) and the Tokyo Olympics. A viewing platform is located 100 meters above ground with a 360 degree view of Kyoto, and as far as Osaka on clear days. Kyoto Tower stands on top of a typical commercial building with souvenir shops, restaurants, hotel and public bath in the basement. The Kyoto Station (Kyoto-eki) building opened in 1997, built on the 1200th anniversary of the capital's foundation in Kyoto, Japan. Its futuristic design was conceived by Japanese architect Hara Hiroshi (who also designed the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka). The city's transportation hub is served by Japan Railways (including the Tokaido Shinkansen), Kintetsu Railways, the Karasuma Subway Line and a large bus terminal. Kyoto Station has two sides: Karasuma and Hachijo. The busier Karasuma side to the north faces downtown and is named after the main street leading downtown. The main bus terminal is located on the Karasuma side, as are many hotels, shops and Kyoto Tower. The calmer Hachijo side to the south access es more hotels, Toji Temple and some highway bus stops.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download