“Kyoto Station Building” which is the gateway to tourist city Kyoto. The station building where the huge space itself emits an overwhelming presence like contemporary art is actually a sightseeing spot full of sights. Concourse of the station has a huge space spreading, it is a mysterious space with straight lines, curves, geometric patterns and abstract objects.
Hotel Granvia Kyoto is on the east side of the station building and JR Kyoto Isetan is in the west side. “Kyoto Station Building” has a colonnade structure covering the central concourse in between, with the front glass and the large roof. At the top of the colonnade is an aerial path of 45 meters above the ground, connecting the east-west ridge. A large space with a colonnade is a huge atrium where about 4000 glasses cover the ceiling. The masterpiece silhouette does not fail as an international tourism city.
The current Kyoto Station Building is the 4th generation. It marked the 20th anniversary in 2017. Kyoto Station Building is designed from the concept of “Kyoto is a gate to history”, incorporating the characteristics of the city of Heiankyo. Square is located on Karasuma and Muromachi as a gateway to the city that is built in a grid pattern. The concourse part in front of the central ticket gate is a valley, the terraces spread to the east and west, and it becomes a space continuing to the sky.
There are various facilities in such Kyoto Station Building, and content is substantial enough to play all day.
If you raise the escalator on the left from the central ticket gate, there is the “Grand Staircase” of the specialty of Kyoto station. Below the stairs there is a stage called Muromachi Koji Square. Various events will be held with the large stairs as auditorium. When you can enjoy enjoyable music and MC at the station, if you go to the big stairs, there may be some event.
The “Grand Staircase” continues from the fourth floor to the eleventh floor on the west side of the Kyoto Station Building and the rooftop large sky square. It is connected to the entrance to “Museum [EKi] KYOTO” on the 7th floor and “Kyoto Ramen Koji” on the 10th floor.
The “Dome of the Sky Square” on the roof is an aerial garden with big sky spreading as its name suggests. There are no skyscrapers or conspicuous neon sign-boards in the city of Kyoto. From the “Dome of the Sky Square” you can feel the city of Kyoto surrounded by mountains. The wind blowing through is felt comfortably.
It is lighted up at night and it becomes a date spot. A man and woman who talks while watching the sparkling Kyoto Tower. It might be a date spot next to the Kamogawa river.
The atrium space covered by the roof of huge glass
The “Kyoto Station” that is a doorway of Kyoto attracting attention from the world, and station itself is one of the tourist attractions.
It is the complex facility which has a large number of shops and restaurants, and art museums, and theaters including the hotel and the department store.
The atrium space covered by the roof of huge glass, 171 steps of large stairs, and the view space which can see Kyoto Tower in front, “the aerial path” of 45 meters above the ground is unmissable.
The facilities planning was based on the jobo system
It is surprised that the vestibule leading to the outside of ancient city Kyoto is the modernistic design covered with glass and metal, but in fact, the facilities planning was based on the jobo system (a series of avenues running at right angles to each other marked out the system) featuring of the city in Heiankyo. If you go to the roof, the city area in Kyoto can be overlooked. Contrast of overlooking Kyoto Tower of artlessness from this modernistic space is also interesting.
LED illuminations add to the attraction at night
Speaking of the place that is the most impressive in Kyoto Station building, it will be “the grand staircase” extending to the roof at a stretch.
On the way from the Kyoto sightseeing, let’s drop in at these large stairs. LED illuminations add to the attraction at night at 16:00. From 18:00 to 22:00, “special illuminations” begin.
Drawing attention by its novel design
Approximately 20 year has passed since business was started, but a big-scale concourse characterizes the station building of huge gray drawing attention by its novel design. Since it is a big institution,, It will take a whole day in order to grasp the whole aspect.
It is a spot convenient to collect information before a trip
The souvenirs of the well-established well-known store and the basic gourmet of Kyoto are gathered, so it is also the best for spending the waiting time of the Shinkansen (bullet train of Japan), etc. Moreover, since there is also a tourist information center, it is a spot convenient to collect information before a trip.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Name:||Kyoto Station Building|
|Address:||Kyoto Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8555 Japan|
|Access:||JR Tokaido-sen Line “Kyoto-eki Station”|