Kyoto Tower is one of Kyoto’s (京都) very few modern landmarks and as such stands out in the overall city image.
With 131 meters in height, it’s also the highest structure in all of Kyoto. Kyoto Tower’s construction finished back in 1964, just in time for the Tokyo (東京) Olympics that same year.
At around 100 meters, an observation deck allows for a very scenic view of Kyoto city. On clear days, you can even catch a glimpse at Osaka (大阪) in the far distance.
Kyoto Tower is not a stand-alone building, it is located on top of a commercial center which contains different kinds of shops, a hotel, restaurants, and even a public bath (銭湯).
Opening Hours & Admission Fee
- Kyoto Tower’s observation deck is opened from 9:00 to 21:00 with last entry being at 20:40
- There are no closing days throughout the year
- Entrance Fee at the Tower: 770 Yen (5,92€/$6.88); you can get an online coupon prior to the visit for 700 Yen (5,38€/$6.30)
The public bath is opened from 7:00 to 21:00 and costs 750 Yen (5,77€/$6.70) on the spot or 700 Yen with the online coupon
Kyoto Tower is one of Kyoto’s iconic landmarks and one of the best viewing spots.
When in Kyoto, you will most likely make side-trips to other nearby cities like Osaka or Nara (奈良) (if you have the time) so you will probably be around Kyoto Station quite often.
This can be the perfect opportunity to hop onto the Tower just meters away from the Station’s northern exits.
Capture the breathtaking view of historical Kyoto or enjoy a bath in the public bath down below.
Either way, you’re sure to have a great time.
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