Kyoto Station is the starting point for sightseeing in Kyoto, a city where old and new exist side by side. The station building, a new landmark of the old city of Kyoto, opened in 1997 and boasts a concourse with an impressive 60-meter atrium, 45-meter raised glass-made passage connecting the eastern and western parts of the station. The station building comprises of a department store, a hotel and cultural facilities such as a theatrical space with a state-of-art audio-visual technology and museums that exhibit tea ceremonies, textiles, ceramics and paintings which all create an intersection for traditional art in the ancient capital and art and culture of today.
Department stores, restaurants, shopping arcades, theaters and hotels can be found around the modern station, however old temples such as the Higashi Honganji Temple, Nishi-Honganji Temple and Toji Temple are also dotted around the area, providing an oasis in the city and resting places for the people of Kyoto. Nishi-Honganji Temple, commonly known as "onishi-san", is the head temple of the Jodo-shinshu Honganji sect and includes in its spacious grounds the Goei-do and Hiunkaku buildings, and the Kara-mon Gate. The most popular building however is the Shoin, where dazzling masterpieces of 16th century art can be seen in the wall paintings and decorations inside. The five-storied pagoda in Toji Temple, 56.9 meters high, is the largest of the ancient pagodas still in existence, and a symbol of Kyoto. Twenty-one Buddhist statues in the auditorium are considered the physical expression of esoteric Buddhist teaching.

京都車站是不斷吹來的新風與傳統氣息共存的地方──京都的觀光起點。1997年起用的京都車站大樓是古都京都的標誌,高達60米的沒有圍牆給人留下深刻印象的中央廣場、連接車站東西兩個大樓的約45米的空中通道、171階的巨大的音響盒大樓梯等,爲未來的都市車站提供了一種模式。
在百貨店、美食街、購物區、影劇院、賓館等林立的現代化車站的周圍,東本願寺、西本願寺和東寺等古刹散在,作爲古都風貌的一片綠州,給人們奉上一片安寧。通常被稱爲“西先生”的深受人們喜愛的西本願寺是淨土真宗本願寺派的總寺院,寬闊的寺院境內以禦影堂爲中心,有飛雲閣和唐門等,其中收藏著內部裝飾和壁畫等絢麗豪華的16世紀美術精粹的書院頗受愛好者們的青睞
東寺有高爲56.9米的五重塔,作爲現存的古塔中最大的塔,是京都的象徵。此外,講經堂裏安置的21尊佛像,作爲對密教經典的立體表現而聞名

How to get there?

乘坐JR東海道本線快車,從大阪車站到京都車站約29分鐘。

From Tokyo Station,  by the JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line to Kyoto Station. From Osaka Station, 20 minutes by JR Tokaido Honsen Line Rapid Train to Kyoto.