Kyoto’s Stunning Railway Station

“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

Kyoto Station 京都駅

Kyoto Station is one of the largest railway stations in the world. It opened in 1997 commemorating Kyoto’s 1,200th anniversary. The architecture is stunning, mixing a futurist style with traditional Japanese elements.

You can spend hours strolling inside and around the 70 meters high and 470 meters long railway station. Glass plates over steel frames cover most of the building. The 15 storey building incorporates a shopping mall, hotel, movie theater, restaurants, government facilities and more.

“This project is gigantic.” – Hiroshi Hara, Kyoto Station architect

Kyoto Railway Station

Kyoto Railway Station

Kyoto Station entrance

The entrance

The interior of the station is enormous: 238,000 square meters!

The atrium “is like a traditional Kyoto home in that nearly all the visual interest is focused inward, with a simpler face directed to the world.” – Hiroshi Hara

Kyoto station interior

Kyoto station interior

On the rooftop of the station is the “Happy Terrace” – an open space surrounded by bamboo trees. A grandiose staircase of 171 steps and a series of escalators take the visitors to the top.

171 steps staircase reflection

171 steps staircase reflection

Happy Terrace art

Happy Terrace art

Children visiting the Kyoto Station

Children in a trip to the station posing for the photographer

Kyoto Station religious ceremony place

Kyoto Station religious ceremony place

Kyoto Hotel Granvia interior court

Kyoto Hotel Granvia interior court

Kyoto Station balconies

Arches and balconies

Kyoto Station railways

The railways

Architectural Elements

“Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.” – Le Corbusier

Kyoto Station facade

Kyoto Station facade

Kyoto Station elements

Geometrical shapes

Clean architecture

Clean design

Kyoto Station interior court detail

Interior court detail

Overpass

Overpass

Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower view from Kyoto Railway Station

All photos have been taken with Sigma DP series camera.

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4 Comments on “Kyoto’s Stunning Railway Station

  1. Gorgeous photos of the train station. This is what I love about Japan, their modern and ancient architecture combo is really unique.

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