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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 P4,330
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel 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. Toji Temple and Shijo Omiya are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kyoto Station is 9 minutes by foot and Toji Station is 12 minutes.

    Kyoto Century Hotel P6,331
    Kyoto Century Hotel

    Kyoto Century Hotel

       
      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 Kawaramachi. Shijo Omiya and Kiyomizu Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kyoto Station is 9 minutes by foot and Kujo Station is 14 minutes.

      Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Ekimae P7,049
      Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Ekimae

      Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Ekimae

         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Sanjusangendo Temple and Shijo Omiya are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kyoto Station is 6 minutes by foot and Gojo Station is 13 minutes.

        APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi P2,123
        APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi

        APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi

        Higashishiokojicho, 552-1, Kyoto, Kyoto
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Sanjusangendo Temple. Nishiki Market and Toji Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kyoto Station is 7 minutes by foot and Shichijo Station is 9 minutes.

          Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Shijo Karasuma P2,501
          Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

          Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shijo Omiya, Nishiki Market and Kawaramachi. Kyoto Tower and Pontocho are also within 1 mile (2 km). Shijo Station and Karasuma Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Hotel Granvia Kyoto P7,670
            Hotel Granvia Kyoto

            Hotel Granvia Kyoto

               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

              Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto P5,503
              Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

              Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto Tower and Sanjusangendo Temple. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also within 2 miles (3 km). Kujo Station is 9 minutes by foot and Kyoto Station is 5 minutes.

                Hyatt Regency Kyoto P11,210
                Hyatt Regency Kyoto

                Hyatt Regency Kyoto

                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Higashiyama, this luxury hotel is steps away from Kyoto National Museum and Sanjusangendo Temple. Kyoto Tower and Kiyomizu Temple are also within 1 mile (2 km). Shichijo Station is 6 minutes by foot and Kiyomizu-gojo Station is 14 minutes.