Kyoto is the very Japan's spiritual home. No doubt about it. Indeed, whenever you see the sights of Kyoto, you will feel Japan's traditional culture across the city. However, Kyoto is not just about Japan's tradition or culture. Here's a new out-of way place for dropping in. It's JR Kyoto Station Building, designed by Hiroshi Hara, a world-famous architect, and completed in 1997. It's so huge, 60 meters high and 470 meters long, everyone looks very much overwhelmed by its magnificent scale.
I highly suggest you going up the stairs or taking escalators up to the rooftop of the building. Half way up, after evening, the stairs are decorated with a moving string of colorful lights. From the rooftop you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views of whole Kyoto.
Fantastic view from the 10th floor in the East Wing: In the middle is a horizontal Skyway, 45 meters high up in the air!! Whenever I visit JR Kyoto Station, I enjoy walking through the skyway. I'm a bit afraid of heights like this though. It must be fun for you. Not scary at all.:)
Open 10:00 - 22:00, free of charge
You'll find some of the most popular ramen restaurants from across Japan on the 10th floor, along with a variety of other nice restaurants, and cafes. The station building also houses a hotel, theater, museum, department store and the like.PS: JR Kyoto Station Building might NOT be "a new little-known tourist spot in Kyoto" any longer. It has became a BEST-known tourist spot in JAPAN. In fact TripAdvisor announced "Top 30 Attractions in Japan by International Travelers 2019" in August 2019 as follows. Indeed JR Kyoto Station Building is ranked 26th!!! I'm super happy with this aresult. I believe that it's worth taking escalators all the way up to its roof enjoy its panoramic views.
1 Fushimi Inari Shrine (Kyoto), 2 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, 3 Miyajima (Hiroshima), 4 Todaiji Temple (Nara), 5 Hakone Open-Air Museum (Kanagawa), 6 Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (Tokyo), 7 Sanjusangendo Temple (Kyoto), 8 Koyasan Okunoin ( Wakayama), 9 Himeji Castle (Hyogo), 10 Kinkakuji Temple (Kyoto).
As for the other tourist spots in western Japan, Nara Park is ranked 14th, Shukkei-en Garden (Hiroshima) 16th, Daishoin Temple (Hiroshima) 17th, Shoshazan Engyoji Temple 20th, Nenbutsuji Temple (kyoto) 24th, JR KYOTO STATION BUILGING 26th, Byodoin Temple (Kyoto) 27th, Eikando Zenrinji Temple (Kyoto) 28th.
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