Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower is a rather dated building that provides a view of Kyoto and its surrounding mountains.  It’s not going to blow you away, but is worth it if you have time.

Budget travel tips

  • Don’t forget to use the coupon for a little discount. Click on the tower pic and print the coupon on the next page.

  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine also offers a great, and free, view of Kyoto from the top of its east-side mountain.

How to get there

Kyoto Tower is just outside Kyoto station central/north exit.  You can’t miss it.


Opening times: 9 AM to 9 PM (entry ends 20 minutes before closing)

Cost: Adults 700 yen, Junior High School Students 550 yen, Younger Children 450 yen (print out this coupon for discount)


Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels


A little bit pricier than the others, but with a more ‘Japanesey’ feel and atmosphere.  It’s also smaller and therefore much quieter than the others. Check prices at

Khaosan Kyoto Guest House and Khaosan Kyoto Theater

Khaosan have a load of hostels in Tokyo, and their Kyoto hostels are solid hostel experiences. Expect polite, excitable staff and really good prices.

Khaosan Kyoto Guest House: Check prices at,

Khaosan Kyoto Theater: Check prices at

More at

Kyoto Accommodation Guide


English Website

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.