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Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station is one of the main rail hubs in the Kansai region and certainly the most interesting one to visit. My father commented that the station was a destination in it's own right than just a railway station. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes to suit all tastes and budgets within the station complex. There's also a department store and a hotel.

The most controversial thing about Kyoto station is it's architecture. It's totally modern in a city which is famous for it's history, but then Japan is a place where the past, present and future all come crashing together. Out of place or not, it's certainly an impressive feat of architecture and engineering.

Kyoto Station is where the Japan Rail (JR) Tokadio (Kyoto & Biwako), Kosei, Nara, Sanin (Sagano), Haruka Lines meet. Additionally there are stations for the Tokaido Shinkansen (Bullet Train) and Kintetsu Railway in the complex. Directly below the complex is a station on the Kyoto Subway Karasuma Line.

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Kyoto Station and Beyond
Kyoto Station and Beyond
Up and Out
Up and Out
At the Taxi Rank
At the Taxi Rank
Walking on by
Walking on by
A Wide Shot of the Taxi Rank
A Wide Shot of the Taxi Rank
Through the Gates
Through the Gates
Faster than a speeding bullet train!
Faster than a speeding bullet train!
Cafe
Cafe
The Rush
The Rush
Movement at the station
Movement at the station
The tower from the station
The tower from the station
Ascending the stairs
Ascending the stairs
Fun times at the back of the station
Fun times at the back of the station
The Back of the main building
The Back of the main building
Looking down on the main plaza
Looking down on the main plaza
On the outside
On the outside
The View from the Top
The View from the Top
Kyoto Station Interior
Kyoto Station Interior
Looking Down
Looking Down
Near the main entrance
Near the main entrance
Plaza Porta
Plaza Porta