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True Beauty Reveals at Night! 4 Easy-To-Access Night Views in Kyoto

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Things To Do In Kyoto At Night…?

Kyoto is very famous for temples and shrines, beautiful, historical city that everyone should go… BUT… what do you do after all the temples and shrines are closed???

GO BACK TO HOTEL AND PREPARE FOR THE NEXT DAY? SLEEP?

NO NO NO NO NO..!

You are missing the real charm in Kyoto, Night Views! Even Night Views in Kyoto are very beautiful and different from other cities.

However, for most of the night views, it is not easy to access without a car… So this time I will showcase you the easy-to-access ones ; just for you! Here are the 4 easy-to-access night view spot. 

1.  Kyoto Station Building / SKY WAY

Kyoto Station is beautiful at night as well, while night view of the city from Kyoto Station Building is indeed an heart-warming experience . There is a place called SKY WAY in the Kyoto Station Building, which you can walk through relish the night view of Kyoto City. As many of you might already know, Kyoto Station is located in front of Kyoto Tower, which makes the Kyoto Tower look fabulous from the SKY WAY. The SKY WAY is located at 10th floor of the building. The good thing is, its entree free ! You should really check this out.

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(looking up from Kyoto station, there is the sky way right there connecting two buildings)

Location: 10th floor of Kyoto Station Building

Hours: 10am~10pm

Admission Fee: Free

 

2. Kodaiji Parking Lot

This is where you can go after you enjoy temples around the area. The place is located in front of the Kodai-ji Temple. It is not well known place to for night visit but you will be able to see Kyoto Tower and Yasaka shrines Pagoda (5-storied pagoda of Hogan-ji temple). Yes, it is also free fo cost  for people without cars (parking costs money) but its still a parking lot, so just be careful with cars.

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(Stunning view of Kyoto city, Yasaka Pagoda and little bit of Kyoto tower from Kodai-ji Temple, imagine if its at night…!)

Location: In front of Kodai-ji Temple

Access to Kodai-ji Temple: From Kyoto Station,
Kyoto city bus 206 → Get off at Higashiyama Yasui and walk towards east for approx. 5 min.

From Hankyu Kawaramachi Station,

Kyoto city bus 207 → Get off at Higashiyama Yasui and walk towards east for approx. 5 min.

Admission Fee: Free for the parking lot / 600 JPY (adults) for the Kodai-ji temple (Hours: 9am ~ 5pm)

 

3.  Funaokayama Park

It is  located in North of the Kyoto city, near Kitaoji. This is a little mountain called Funaokayama, which you can hike up easily. And if you go up the mountain for about 5-10 minutes, there is a park and from the park you can see the view of Kyoto City. Its very quiet and dark at night but the view is very pretty you do not want to miss it! Even when the time of Gozan no Okuribi, the great bonfire event at 5 mountains in Kyoto during mid-August, you will be able to see the bonfire from the park! And yes, of course it is free entree!

Access: From Kyoto Station,

Kyoto City Bus 205 or 206 → Get off at Funaokayama

From Hankyu Kawaramachi Station,

Kyoto City Bus 12 → Get off at Funaokayama

From Subway Kitaoji Station / Kitaoji Bus Terminal,

Kyoto City Bus 1, 204, 205 or 206 → Get off at Funaokayama

Admission Fee: Free

 

4.  Ryozen Gokoku shirine

This place is only for the time of special night visits. However, the night view from the observation deck is just gorgeous. You can see the city of Kyoto including temples, Yasaka shrines Pagoda and Kyoto Tower. The special night visits are held 4 times (spring, summer, fall and winter) in a year.

 

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(A view of Kyoto city from Ryozen Gokoku Shrine)

Access: From Kyoto Station,

Kyoto City Bus 206 → Get off at Higashiyama Yasui, walk for approx. 10 minutes.

From Hankyu Kawaramachi Station,

Kyoto city bus 207 → Get off at Higashiyama Yasui and walk towards east for approx. 5 min.

Hours: 9am ~ 5pm

Admission Fee: 300 JPY for Adults / 200 JPY for Primary and Junior High school students.

 

 

Just imagine how all of those turns at night and you should definitely include them in your Kyoto trip bucket list!!

 

 

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