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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 ¥9,360
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 9 minutes by foot and Kyoto Toji Station is 12 minutes.

    Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA  ¥9,606
    Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA 

    Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA 

    44-1, Kamitonodacho, Higashikujo, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Higashikujo Nishisannocho, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto TERRSA and Kyoto Tower. Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kujo Station is only a 5-minute walk and Jujo Station is 15 minutes.

      Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto ¥11,852
      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 1 mi (2 km) of Kyoto TERRSA, Kyoto Tower, and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Kyoto Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kujo Station is 9 minutes by foot and Kyoto Shichijo Station is 12 minutes.

        Hotel Granvia Kyoto ¥13,972
        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 5-minute walk and Gojo Station is 14 minutes.

          Kyoto Century Hotel ¥7,916
          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.

            APA Villa Hotel Kyoto-Ekimae ¥4,630
            APA Villa Hotel Kyoto-Ekimae

            APA Villa Hotel Kyoto-Ekimae

            533 Shiokoji-cho,Shichijosagaru, Higashinotoin-dori,Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Higashi Honganji Temple, Toji Temple, and Kiyomizu Temple. Yasaka Shrine and Fushimi Inari Shrine are also within 3 mi (5 km). Kyoto Station is 7 minutes by foot and Kyoto Shichijo Station is 10 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 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Higashi Honganji Temple and within 3 mi (5 km) of Nijō Castle and Kiyomizu Temple. Yasaka Shrine and Kyoto Imperial Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). Kyoto Station is 7 minutes by foot and Gojo Station is 16 minutes.

                Kyoto Tower Hotel ¥6,734
                Kyoto Tower Hotel

                Kyoto Tower Hotel

                721-1 Higashishiokoji Karasumadori, 7 Josagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Kyoto Aquarium and Toji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kyoto Station is 5 minutes by foot and Gojo Station is 13 minutes.