Tokyo Tower

About Kyoto Tower

Located in Kyoto, Japan, the Kyoto Tower Japan is the tallest structure in Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, with its observation desk placed 100 metres above ground level. This 800-ton weighing structure is home to a 3-star hotel, and several other stores, and the tower stands just opposite Kyoto station. The project of Kyoto Tower was proposed in the early 1960s and the construction began in early 1963. The project was completed towards the end of 1964, and it started functioning in the same year. Kyoto Tower Japan was designed by the modernist architect Mamoru Yamada along with the expert advice of Makoto Tanahashi.

Within the first year of opening, Kyoto Tower in Japan had more than one million visitors and it started increasing over the coming years. The structure of Kyoto Tower Japan is split into two structures distinctively, the first one being the spiral structure starting from the roof of the building below. The spiral structure leads to an observation deck with 500 person capacity, and from which the entire city of Kyoto can be observed in 360 degrees with the help of a telescope.The second structure is the one that completely holds the 800-ton weighing tower of which the first 30.8 metres covers and supports the nine story building underneath.

Highlights of Kyoto Tower

  • Kyoto which means Capital City in English is the cultural capital of Japan and Kyoto Tower Japan is one of the major iconic tourist attractions.

  • The tower is home to a 3-star restaurant, spa and salons, authentic Japanese stores, and a lot more.

  • This major tourist attraction in the city had always been celebrated for its technical architectural brilliance in designing and executing the work.

  • With Kyoto Tower tickets you can explore the architectural brilliance, enjoy the 360-degree view of the cultural capital of Japan, Kyoto City, get mesmerised by the sky-high views as far as Osaka, enjoy provisions to glance through the telescope, enjoy landmark sights of Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Toji Temple, and Chion-in Temple, and enjoy delicious dine-ins at Kyoto Tower restaurants. Visit spas and saloons, traditional Japanese stores for souvenirs, and a lot more from the nine-story building of the Kyoto Tower.

Facilities inside Kyoto Tower

The base of the Kyoto Tower in Japan is a simple nine-story building, hosting restaurants, shops, hotels, spas, and a tourist information centre. This building indeed acts as a pedestal for the tower which is another 100 metres more from the ninth floor. Kyoto Tower Observation decks are a little higher on the midway with free telescopes for viewing purposes and tourist information panels for help and other facilities.

Free Telescopes

The telescopes are set on the fifth floor of the observation deck, which are absolutely free to use and give you a 360-degree view of the amazing Kyoto City, the cultural capital of Japan. There are a lot of historical sites to catch a glimpse of from the Kyoto Tower Japan, out of which Osaka, Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Toji Temple, and Chion-in Temple are a few among the list. Through these telescopes, you get to explore the authentic and traditional temples and shrines from an aerial perspective for an astonishing experience. Enjoy the architectural and natural beauty of Kyoto City through telescopic lenses, and take a closer look for a detailed understanding of the design and other perspectives.

Tourist Information Touch Panels

On the fifth floor where the observation deck is set up, there are around 8 touch panel monitors giving you information about all the famous sightseeing spots from Kyoto Tower in Japan. These monitors indeed give an insight to the visitors about what they are viewing and the significant details associated with the same. Just by scanning through the QR code, visitors and tourists are provided with the provision to download the historical details and other specifications about all these sightseeing spots for a clearer understanding. These devices were the first in Japan to use the technology of QR code scanning.

World Heritage sites visible from Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower Japan assures amazing scenic views from the observation deck and numerous heritage sites and monuments can be viewed from the same with close detailing. Toji, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and Hongwanji are the three famous world heritage sites you could view from Kyoto Tower in its full and magnificent glory.


To- Ji temple is recognized as the head temple of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. Its construction dates back to 796 AD, built on the east of Rajomon Gate, and was built with the belief of entrusting the spiritual protection of the nation.To-Ji temple is home to more than 20,000 treasures inscribed as National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties along with around 50,000 pieces of sutras. Apart from these, you will also find the Ryokai Mandala (Mandala of the Two Realms), a pair of paintings that depicts the worlds of enlightenment of Esoteric Buddhism, and the Fushincho, a letter written on washi (traditional Japanese paper) by the Monk Kukai.

Kiyomizu-Dera Temple

Situated on the banks of lake Aras Hiyama, Kiyomizu -Dera Temple is one of the major and popular tourist attractions in Kyoto, Japan. It's been over 1250 years now, since the foundation stone of Kiyomizu-Dera Temple was laid. A huge number of visitors come to pay offerings and pray at the Deity Kannon, resting at Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. The temple is located halfway up to Mt.Otowa, one of the famous peaks in Kyoto’s Higashiyama mountain range. This serene and beautiful temple is adorned with artworks and architectural crafts, making it indeed a special experience to visit the temple. The little climb and the entire temple experience covered in a spiritual aura is indeed a true beauty. Witnessing this master craft from an aerial angle is nothing shorter than spectacular.


Hongwanji is the headquarters of the Buddhist denomination of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. This is one of the buildings that represent Momoyama period culture which is one of the inscribed National Treasures within the grounds, such as the Hongwanji North Stage. It is indeed one of the stages still surviving after years. With great historical importance in the Buddhist religion and cultural richness with intricate architecture and detailing, Hongwanji is an experience worth your time and energy. From Kyoto Tower you get to view this magnificent monument in commendable clarity with the help of telescopes along with insightful information from the touch monitor panels.

National treasures visible from Kyoto Tower

Apart from the world heritage site, the Kyoto Tower Japan observatory also lets you watch some notable national treasures of Japan in good understanding with the help of telescopes. Being able to watch these astounding monuments from an aerial angle indeed adds to the beauty and charm in multiple folds. The observatory of Kyoto Tower is considered and recognized as one of the most thoughtful decisions and projects in Japan.

Tofukuji The Sanmon Gate

The Tofukuji Sanmon gate was built during the 14th century in the Muromachi period. The architecture of Tofukuji incorporates architectural elements of Zenshuyo (Chinese), Wayo (Japanese), and Daibutsuyo (Indian) styles, in this one structure. This is also the oldest and largest National Treasure found at any Zen Buddhist temple. Viewing down from Kyoto Tower in Japan lets you get wonder-struck by the architectural brilliance and elemental accuracy in constructing Tofukuji, the Sanmon Gate. This major figure of Zen Buddhism, the name Tofukuji, comes from two parts, in Nara Tōdai-Ji, and Kōfuku-Ji, respectively.


The temple Sanjusangendo is famous for the 1001 structures of worshipping the deity of Kyoto Kannon. The temple located in the corner of the grounds of Horyuji-dono Palace was built in 1164 by Taira no Kiyomori. This historical building of Sanjusangendo was preserved for about 700 years along with four renovation projects in the respective periods of first in the Muromachi period (14th century), then in the Momoyama (16th century), Edo (1603 - 1868), and Showa (1926 - 1989) periods. Viewing this national treasure from an aerial angle through the telescope from Kyoto Tower gives you an even further better understanding of the delicacy maintained and carried out in the building and crafting Sanjusangendo.

Chion-in Sanmon

Chion-in Sanmon that you get to view from Kyoto tower is the head temple of the Pure sect of the Buddhist religion. The Chion-in Sanmon is located in the Higashiyama Ward in the city of Kyoto. Chion-in Sanmon has also been noted for the wooden gate which is still noted to have survived even after years. Kyoto Tower Japan lets you watch this magnificent beauty at its best without any obstruction to the view.

Know Before You Visit Kyoto Tower

Essential Information
How To Reach

Location: Kyoto Tower Japan is located just opposite Kyoto Station.721-1 Higashishiokōjichō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan.

Timings: Kyoto tower Japan is open on all days and the functional hours are from 10:30 am in the morning to 9 pm in the night.

Best time to visit:

It is best advised to visit the Kyoto tower in Japan between 4 pm and 7 pm for the reduced hot temperature and a pleasant atmosphere. Also, it is ideal to visit the Kyoto Tower in Japan during the spring, fall, and summer seasons for the unobstructed view from the fog.

Kyoto Tower Japan can be reached using multiple modes of transport and they are:

By subway: Every 15 minutes there is a train from Kyoto subway Karasumaoike, followed by a 5 minutes walk to the tower. The journey will cost around 120-160 INR.

By Train: Every 15 minutes there is a train from Nijo, Kyoto, followed by a 5-minute walk to the tower. The journey price ranges from 70-600 INR.

By Bus: Every 15 minutes there is a bus from Horikawa Marutamachi followed by a 4-minute walk to the tower. The bus ride will cost around 131 INR.

By Taxi: Taxi services from Kyoto are available from any part of Kyoto City and the price varies with the distance covered in the drive.

Kyoto Tower FAQs

How big is the Kyoto Tower?

The 800-ton Kyoto tower in Japan stands atop a 9-story building that is 131 metres tall (418 ft) with its observation deck placed at 100 metres (328 ft). Kyoto tower opened in the year 1964 and is famous for its temples and shrines and is noted for its massive size.

What is special about the Kyoto Tower?

This tallest steel tower in Japan located in the cultural capital of Kyoto is famous for its massiveness and challenging construction. The tower weighs around 800 tons and the height for the same is 131 metres and its observatory desk located at 100 metres. The Kyoto tower is famous for its cultural significance, architecture brilliance and the iconic structure, and the name it brings to Kyoto.

What is the best time to visit Kyoto Tower?

It is best to visit Kyoto Tower in Japan in fall (October- November ) and in spring (April- May) for the pleasant climate Japan offers, as the temperatures in summer are high and the condition is extremely hot and humid. Likewise, winter in Kyoto is also cold and might be hard for tourists.

How old is the Kyoto Tower?

The proposal for Kyoto tower Japan was made in the early 1960s and the tower was inaugurated and opened after construction in 1964. The Kyoto Tower Japan is 58 years old as of today.

Do we have to buy separate tickets for Kids before visiting Kyoto Tower?

Tickets to the Kyoto tower in Japan observation deck have to be booked separately. You can either book your tickets at the counter itself or beat the lines by booking them online.Kyoto tower is open on all days from 9 am to 9:20 pm for visiting and the last admission to visit the tower is at 9 pm.

Ticket rates are as follows:Adults: 800 yenHigh school students: 650 yenElementary and junior high school students: 550 yenChildren under the age of 6: 150 yen

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