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Kyoto Tower

In a city known for its temples and other ancient relics, this observation point catches the eye as an example of 20th-century innovation.

The steel Kyoto Tower stands 430 feet (131 meters) high, making it the tallest in the city. Built on top of a nine-story building, the top part of the tower is supposed to resemble a Japanese-style candle. It can be seen from all over Kyoto, which makes it an attractive meeting point.

Take an elevator up to the deck, which is at 328 feet (100 meters) high. Take panoramic photos of the city and the Higashiyama and Arshiyama mountains. Due to a height restriction on most buildings, you can see for miles around, at times as far as Osaka. Use the telescope to spot attractions around the city that you have been to.

Visit the stores in the building below the tower. Peruse souvenirs, books and a 100-yen store. Look for arts, crafts and fabrics in the shopping area. Head to the spa on the lower floor of the structure. Admire the lights of the old city at night. Stay at the Kyoto Tower Hotel. Try the food at the Sky Lounge, a circular restaurant with postcard-pretty views. Relax and enjoy the relief of air-conditioned rooms during Kyoto’s hot and humid summers.

The tower was constructed in 1964. Architects designed it to withstand earthquakes and typhoons. It is open daily, morning until evening. There is an entrance fee for the tower, and prices vary for different age groups and students.

Kyoto Tower stands in the center of the city. It is the most accessible attraction in the area, as it is right by the main transportation hub, Kyoto Station. Regular buses, including the JR bus, and trains from all over Kyoto go to the station.


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RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto ¥8,889
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nishihonganji Temple, Kyoto Tower, and Kyoto Aquarium. Higashi Honganji Temple and Toji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kyoto Station is 7 minutes by foot and Kyoto Toji Station is 12 minutes.

    Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto ¥9,259
    Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

    Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

    15 Nishi-Iwamotocho, Higashi-kujo, Kyoto, Kyoto
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kujo Station is 10 minutes by foot and Kyoto Station is 13 minutes.

      Hotel Granvia Kyoto ¥15,993
      Hotel Granvia Kyoto

      Hotel Granvia Kyoto

      JR Kyoto Station, Karasuma Chuo-guchi, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Central Kyoto, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kyoto Station is only a 4-minute walk and Gojo Station is 14 minutes.

        Kyoto Century Hotel ¥10,844
        Kyoto Century Hotel

        Kyoto Century Hotel

        680 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Central Kyoto, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kyoto Tower, Nishiki Market, and Shijo Omiya. Kawaramachi and Kiyomizu Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kyoto Station is 7 minutes by foot and Kujo Station is 14 minutes.

          Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo (Former New Miyako Hotel) ¥6,061
          Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo (Former New Miyako Hotel)

          Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo (Former New Miyako Hotel)

          17 Nishi Kujoin-machi, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto TERRSA, Kyoto Tower, and Kyoto Aquarium. Toji Temple and Higashi Honganji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kujo Station is 10 minutes by foot and Kyoto Station is 10 minutes.

            The Thousand Kyoto ¥24,167
            The Thousand Kyoto

            The Thousand Kyoto

            570 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Kyoto Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kyoto Station is 7 minutes by foot and Kujo Station is 14 minutes.

              Hotel Keihan Kyoto GRANDE ¥5,755
              Hotel Keihan Kyoto GRANDE

              Hotel Keihan Kyoto GRANDE

              31 Higashikujyo-nishisannou-cho, Minami, Kyoto, Kyoto
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kujo Station is 7 minutes by foot and Kyoto Station is 14 minutes.

                APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekikita ¥5,051
                APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekikita

                APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekikita

                597-2 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kyoto Station is 5 minutes by foot and Gojo Station is 17 minutes.