Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower is a rather dated building that provides a view of Kyoto and its surrounding mountains.  It’s not going to blow you away, but is worth it if you have time.

Budget travel tips

  • Don’t forget to use the coupon for a little discount. Click on the tower pic and print the coupon on the next page.

  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine also offers a great, and free, view of Kyoto from the top of its east-side mountain.

How to get there

Kyoto Tower is just outside Kyoto station central/north exit.  You can’t miss it.


Opening times: 9 AM to 9 PM (entry ends 20 minutes before closing)

Cost: Adults 700 yen, Junior High School Students 550 yen, Younger Children 450 yen (print out this coupon for discount)


Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels


A little bit pricier than the others, but with a more ‘Japanesey’ feel and atmosphere.  It’s also smaller and therefore much quieter than the others. Check prices at

Khaosan Kyoto Guest House and Khaosan Kyoto Theater

Khaosan have a load of hostels in Tokyo, and their Kyoto hostels are solid hostel experiences. Expect polite, excitable staff and really good prices.

Khaosan Kyoto Guest House: Check prices at,

Khaosan Kyoto Theater: Check prices at

More at

Kyoto Accommodation Guide


English Website

Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict