Kyoto Tower - Kyoto

Located at 72101 Higashishiokoji-cho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto Tower (京都タワー) is a unique looking observation tower in front of Kyoto Station. It also serves as one of the landmarks of the city. 

Kyoto Tower (京都タワー)

Kyoto Tower History

Built and completed in 1964, Kyoto Tower stands as one of the tallest structures in Kyoto City. Hence, it is one of the best places to visit if you want to view the city and the nearby mountains around it. 

Kyoto Tower - Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

Kyoto Tower Hotel

Going inside Kyoto Hotel via the Kyoto Tower Sando side

Kyoto Tower Observation Deck Admission Ticket Booth
Got our tickets. Going up to the Kyoto Tower Observation Deck now.

Check out the view using the mounted binoculars

You can also use the touchscreen panels

Kyoto Tower Illuminated

Kyoto Tower Observation Deck at night

Aside from giving visitors an amazing panoramic view of the city. Visitors can also use the free-mounted binoculars to see more clearly particular spots or things that interest them. There are also touchscreen panels inside the Kyoto Tower Observation Deck that show different destinations to see in a particular direction. It comes complete with basic information about the said places. 

The view from the Kyoto Tower Observation Deck:

The Southwestern area view 

The Eastern area view

The Northeastern area view

The Northern area view - Higashi Honganji

The Christmas view (hehe) - The Northwestern view

The Southeastern area view

The Southern area view - Kyoto Station

The Eastern area view - Higashiyama District

The Western area view

Other things to see in Kyoto Tower:

Kyoto Tower souvenirs

Kyoto Tower coin souvenir machine

Kyoto Tower Shrine

Kyoto Tower claw machine

Tawawachan plushies

Team Nicerio in Kyoto Tower:

Spoiler: In the movie Hello World, the Kyoto Tower was smashed to pieces

Team Nicerio visits Kyoto Tower

I got to finally visit Kyoto Tower with my family on the 4th day of our 2019 Japan trip. I have passed by this futuristic-looking tower several times during my 2014 and 2018 visit but never got the chance to go up to its observation deck. Kyoto Tower was actually one of the last destinations that we visited on that day as we followed a tip from one of the Facebook travel pages that I follow. According to the said page, the best time to go up the observation deck was a little before sunset so that one can catch a glimpse of Kyoto's amazing sunset and followed by the beautiful nighttime view of the city. 

With Tawawachan

Sadly, during our visit, we failed to see both as it suddenly rained and the rained clouds covered the coveted sunset event. Regardless, I still got to meet Tawawachan - Kyoto Tower's mascot and we also got to avail of that pricey souvenir family photo as well. 

Kyoto Tower Admission Fee:

To enter Kyoto Tower's Observation Deck, visitors need to pay 770 yen per person admission fee.

Kyoto Tower Opening and Closing Hours:

Kyoto Tower is open from 9AM - 9PM daily.

Why visit Kyoto Tower?

Overall, if you're planning to visit Kyoto City make sure to include Kyoto Tower in your itinerary. It's a place to view the city and its surrounding hills and mountains. Visit in the afternoon to catch an awesome view of the sunset. To save some cash, buy your tickets from Klook when your currency is stronger than the Japanese Yen.

Getting to Kyoto Tower:


From Kyoto Station, exit at the Karasuma (north) gate and cross the street. Go inside the Kyoto Tower Hotel and pay the entrance fee at the booth before riding the elevator up the observation deck. 

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