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Kyoto Station Building

Konnichiha!
Welcome to my blog. This blog is focused on people who use Kyoto Station. Kyoto is an ancient city. There are traditonal architecture, temples and shrines, traditional culture, and traditional life. At the same time, Kyoto is a modern city, one of the biggest cities in Japan. There are many buildings packed and many people busy with their business. Kyoto station might be a representation of the modern Kyoto. There are many kinds of people using in different ways. You would find interesting secrets of this public place through this blog. Thank you and please enjoy.
(I would like to express my gratitude to people who helped me at Kyoto Station. )

京都駅烏丸中央口

Kyoto Station is a modern entrance of Kyoto. It welcomes people from all over the world every day. The picture above is a central gate of the station and below is outside overview of the station building.
京都駅前景

The Kyoto station building was built in 1997 by architecture, Hara Hiroshi. The building includes a station, hotel, restaurants, department store, theater, and parking.
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Central Concourse

As you enter the central gate, you would find that you are just in a huge concourse in front of the JR central ticket gate. The stairs there make a letter of V and two ways to go up.
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One way looks packed with people, and other way looks empty. The way with full people looks like having continuous stairs to the sky and would encourage people to go up to see what is on the top.
京都駅中央コンコース

Actually, many people are heading to the information center, cafe, pedestrian walkway (a pass which connents north and south side of the station) on the 2nd floor or daikaidan (Great Staircase) up there.

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Daikaidan (Great Staircase)

Keeping go up the stairs, you would face the big open space with all stairs. This is called daikaidan or Great Staircase.
大階段

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They are real stairs. However, usually they are not used as stairs (There are only few people try to go up these stairs), but used as chairs or seats. Sometimes, especially on weekends, people have some events and the stairs become an open theater which gathers both people in Kyoto and visitors.
大階段4

On other days, people use the stairs to spend some time alone or with friends, just sitting on, reading books, having small lunch, chatting or waiting for next trains. Some people analyze that people fill the stairs from the top, but it is not sure. Men’s group is likely to just pass rather than sit to spend some time. People there are mainly one person (both man and woman), groups of women, family and couples.

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Happii (Happy) Terrace

Going up further,,,
大階段2

On the top of the stairs, there is a small green open space called Happy (Happii: 葉っぴい) Terrace. Some people sit on the chairs to spend time. This place does not always mean a waiting area for trains. People in Kyoto even go up all the long stairs to enjoy some green.
はっぴいテラス

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In a sunny day, small kids run around the lawn.

Happy Terrace 3
He lives in Kyoto and spends some time after his business.

There are big windows around and some people put their face or their camera on the windows. Although the cityview must be beautiful from there (the same height of 12th floor), it is difficult to see. Unfortunately, the windows reflect the sun lights.

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Sky Way

In the middle of daikaidan (Great Staircase), there is an entrance of ramen restaurants (a part of a department store). Going through the restaurants, you would find a narrow path called Skyway.
空中経路

This path is located on the top of the huge concourse. Since it is difficult to find this path, some people in Kyoto never know. Thus, there are always not many people walking pass.
空中経路3

There are a few view points on the way. Although the windows reflect sun lights, you would still see the Kyoto tower and the cityview. At night, the night view of the city is beautiful and the view points are one of secrets dating spots for young couples.
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Sky Way 4

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East Zone

The Skyway ends up to the East side of Kyoto station. It is different from West side which has great staircase and Happii Terrace. The East side has an entrance of the hotel and theater.
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People here wear suits or something neat. There are few students, backpackers or children.

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Path

In both east and west side of the station, there are small paths. Going into those small paths, you would find a small open space looks like below. This is located just above the JR karasuma ticket gate and the south side of the concourse.

南通路3

During a daytime of weekdays, people in Kyoto spend their free time. A few business people have their lunch.
南通路2

As getting dark, the small chairs there become another dating spots. The night view of south side of the city is fairly good. Usually Japanese couples avoid public places to be together. However, since the noise of the station makes unable to hear others’ voice, people seem to be more open-minded.
南通路

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Cafe Terraces

There are cafe terraces inside the concourse. The concourse is high enough to make people feel sitting outside.
カフェテラス
The idea of cafe is influenced by western culture. It seems taking some western culture makes modern Japan. Those cafes use English words (letters) as their design.
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Transportation

Of course, the main use of the station is for transportation. There are some train lines connected in the Kyoto staion, JR line (including shinkansen, Kintetsu line, and Karasuma subway line. You could also access to buses, such as a public bus, a sightseeing bus, and a night bus.

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JR line, karasuma ticket gate

近鉄京都駅
Kintetsu line, ticket gate

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Underground

Under the Kyoto station building, the Kyoto station also has full underground area. It connects JR station (or the Kyoto station building) and a subway station. There are some clothing stores, restaurants and souvenir shops in this area.
地下鉄

ポルタ地下街

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Kyoto Tower

Kyoto tower has a big impact to people though it would never remain us the traditional Kyoto. For people arriving at Kyoto, it is one of the first things come to your eyes after passing the ticket gates.
京都タワー

It is located in front of the central gate of the Kyoto station and encourages people to take photos.
京都タワー2

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Early in the Morning

Early in the morning, the station is quiet. Some business people walking by, a few people collect cans and a few photographers take photos. The long stairs are all closed before 6 am.
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Late at Night

At night, people walk pass the station heading to their hotels or home.

Some Japanese people start to make small circles in front of the ticket gate from around 10 pm. They take time to say goodbye. Especially, they bow, take final photos or swear next meeting each other.
Central Concourse

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Information Center

There is an information center on the 2 nd floor of the station. It is full of visitors all day, especially weekends. Kyoto attracts many people to visit for sightseeing. The staffs there are helpful to foreigners; some English-speaking staffs and English information are available.
観光案内所

Actually, there is another information center in a department store (you could enter there from daikaidan/Great Staircase). However, there are usually only few Japanese visitors.

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Souvenir Shops

There are many souvenirs shops. They often say “Kyoto only” and people get many “Kyoto only” things for their family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and relatives. People in Japan are expected to come home with some souvenirs after their trip. Those souvenirs are sold with nicely rapped so that you do not need extra rapping as you give someone. Even students are busy with getting some souvenirs of their school trip.
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