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Kyoto Tower
Holiday Travel Guide

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
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is SG$119 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Kyoto Railway Museum and Nishiki Market are also within 2 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,787 reviews)

"Location is great and the room was pretty nice. Some grime in the bathroom."…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec,2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto
Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$103 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kyoto TERRSA, Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,345 reviews)

"The international/bilingual speaking staff was helpful and attentive to helping me locate activities and transportation. If you do not have a lot of luggage, it is a nice short walk from the train station. Did you have to take public transportation to most of the shrines temples and other popular ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan,2021

Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$133 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Central Kyoto, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Kyoto Aquarium are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,289 reviews)
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"The location was excellent as it is above Kyoto station. You can travel out to all major attraction easily from the hotel. The swimming pool need admission which is not great and children could only swim in the morning at allotted timing."…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug,2020

Hotel Granvia Kyoto
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RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is SG$119 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto
Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto
4 out of 5
The price is SG$103 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees
Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$133 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees
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Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo (Former New Miyako Hotel)
Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo (Former New Miyako Hotel)
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$96 per night from 17 Feb to 18 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees
Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo (Former New Miyako Hotel)
APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekikita
APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekikita
3 out of 5
The price is SG$63 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees
APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekikita
Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
5 out of 5
The price is SG$1,101 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees
Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
Higashishiokojicho, 552-1, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is SG$63 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees
APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi
Mercure Kyoto Station
Mercure Kyoto Station
4 out of 5
288 ABURANOKOJICHO SHIMOGYO KU, Kyoto
The price is SG$77 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees
Mercure Kyoto Station
APA HOTEL KYOTO-EKIMAE
APA HOTEL KYOTO-EKIMAE
3 out of 5
The price is SG$63 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees
APA HOTEL KYOTO-EKIMAE
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