Top 5 Tips to Fully Enjoy the Kyoto Station Building
The Kyoto Station Building is a vast area that is directly connected to Kyoto Station. It is a spot where you can sightsee, play, eat and shop. Here are five tips for fully enjoying the Kyoto Station Building.
Are you aware that the Kyoto Station Building has a glass-enclosed skyway that connects the east plaza on the 7th floor to the grand staircase? It is a concourse above the floor where people come and go. While it may be a popular spot among Kyoto locals, it remains a little-known site for tourists. Even couples love going there for the observation areas that have been set up along the corridor. When you stand on the skyway, you will see Kyoto Tower right before your eyes and you can get a full view of the surroundings. The nightscape is also fantastic, turning the area into a romantic space. So, while waiting for your train, how about walking and checking out the skyway?
*The wireless LAN of KYOTO Wi-Fi is not encrypted, so there is risk of eavesdropping and tapping. Be careful about giving out information using this connection, including personal information like credit card details.
2. Efficiently use the free public wireless LAN service
Would you like to try eating a meal using a coupon that you can only get from the Japanese homepage of the Kyoto Station Building? Just go to its official homepage in Japanese and if there is a coupon icon on the store information page, you only need to present that coupon to enjoy discounts and free services. The freebies vary depending on the shop, so sometimes you may get 5 - 10% off on your meals, sometimes free drinks. If the shop you want to visit has a coupon mark, don’t forget to present that coupon when you get to that shop.
*Photo is of Kyo Yasai Ryori – Sepporai
Kyoto Prefectural International Center, located on the 9th floor, is a center that mainly provides services to foreigners living in Kyoto. However, it also has a local exchange salon, information corner, and other areas, so anybody can drop in anytime. It is a venue for visitors to experience the local culture, including learning how to wear a kimono and experiencing tea ceremony and origami (folding paper). This center offers courses (for inquiries, go to the contact person for each course on the homepage) at affordable prices, so how about taking part in one of those courses? They also have a message board, as well as an information corner for international exchange that provides information on living in Kyoto and events. You just might find some useful information when you go to this center.
4. Make smart use of the Kyoto Prefectural International Center
The convenient Carry Service that will deliver your luggage and packages from the train station to your hotel is located at the B1 floor of the Kyoto Station Building. They will deliver your packages to your hotel from the JR Kyoto Station at the rate of 750 JPY per luggage or package (luggage is accepted from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm). Since they are partners with virtually all lodging facilities in the city of Kyoto, they can deliver your luggage to your hotel after checking the hotel directory, so your luggage is safe. They also offer a temporary storage service for keeping your luggage for up to 15 days for 420 JPY per luggage (open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm). To avail of this service, go down to the B1 floor by taking the escalators in front of the ticket gate at the central exit of JR Kyoto Station. Now, rather than looking for empty coin lockers, why not try this hassle-free and more convenient service?
*Photo is for illustration purposes
If you’re passing through Kyoto and you have time to spare while waiting for your train, it might be a great idea to use the services that only train stations offer. You can also enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto in and around the convenient Kyoto Station Building.
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