The gateway to Kyoto is far more than just a train station: It’s an attraction in its own right and it’s packed with shops, restaurants and things to see.
Kyoto Station: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com
Unless you drive, walk or hitchhike into town, the Kyoto Station Building (Kyoto-Eki in Japanese) is likely to be your point of entry to Kyoto. If you’re expecting something in keeping with the traditional image of the city, think again: stepping into the soaring atrium is like stepping into the lobby of a well-appointed space colony. And if you’re expecting the shops and restaurants typical of train stations the world over, you’re in for a surprise: There are dozens of restaurants here, some serving truly refined fare, as well as a collection of first-rate shops. For eats, be sure to check out The Cube Food Court, Kyoto Ramen Koji, Eat Paradise and Porta. For a bit of shopping, don’t miss Bic Camera;, Yodobashi Camera, and Isetan Department Store. And for great takeaway food, the Isetan Department Store Food Floors are an Aladdin’s Cave of delights.
901 Higashishiokoji-cho, Karasuma-dori, Shiokoji sagaru, Shimogyo-ku
1F & B1F souvenir shops 8:30am-8:00pm
B2F fashion shops: 10:00am-8:00pm
11F restaurants: 11:00am-10:00pm
Isetan Department Store: 10:00am-8:00pm
Non-smoking area: Yes
Connected to JR Kyoto station
Official Website (English)
Where Is This Place Located?See these places on our Kyoto Google map:
- Open the Kyoto map
- You will see the list of places on the left hand side. (Click the 3-line icon in the top left corner if not). Scroll down or use the map search (the magnifying glass icon) to find the place you want.
- Click the name of the place in the list. Its location pin will be highlighted on the map.
- Map pins are color coded - BLUE: Hotels | VIOLET: Ryokan | PINK: Places to Eat | YELLOW: Things to See and Do
- If you're using the map on your phone, open the map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location.
Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
- Check Kyoto accommodation availability on Booking.com – usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too
- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Kyoto
- See my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
- Buy a data-only SIM card online for collection when you arrive at Kansai International Airport (for Osaka and Kyoto) or Tokyo's Narita Airport. Or rent an unlimited data pocket wifi router
- Compare Japan flight prices and timings to find the best deals
- If you're visiting more than one city, save a ton of money with a Japan Rail Pass – here's my explanation of why it's worth it
- A prepaid Icoca card makes travelling around Kyoto easy – here's how
- Get travel insurance for Japan - World Nomads is well-regarded (and here's why)