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Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
We arrived quite late in the day (3pm) which was perfectly fine to see most of the museum (it is excellent) however missed the opportunity to do a Shinkansen simulator as we saw it after the last session had started. If you want to do this, head to the 2nd floor and book in for a time soon after you...
This building is quite huge with few station and markets. You will get lost if you did not mark down the location you want to go back.
A lots of coin Locker provided if you need to deposit your luggage before goin to sight seeing place. 300/500/700yen, 24” luggage is just fit for 500yen locker.
Many restaurant and shops.
We visited this temple with a guided cycle tour. There were not many people around. There was some kind of a ceremony going on in one of the buildings. We watched briefly and then we moved on to another building where we sat down and relaxed.
Located just 10 min walk from Kyoto Station, this wooden temple is so huge and beautiful you won't ever want to miss. It is free to enter, expect to spend around 40 - 90 min inside the temple. There are people praying inside the prayer hall. You cannot take pics inside the hall. You also need to put your shoes...
We went here on our first night in Kyoto and loved the quaint feel to it.
The friendly owner was by himself when we arrived and showed us to a table. A waitress and an american waiter arrived some after.
The restaurant is small and the owner cooks the food there and then. The food was delicious and very flavour...
We came here on a friday night early, no booking and it was fully booked out but they accomodated us. The owner served us and he was fabulous!! the pizza was incredible!! as was the lasagna we ordered and the canolli was sooo yummy for dessert.
Such incredible service and food, we will be back for sure!
I’ve seen the rave reviews on Trip Advisor and thought I’d try this out with my family when we were at Kyoto Station for dinner. This was on the 11th floor of The Cube and it took us a while to find it. Luckily, we got there at around 6 to 6.30pm and our party of 4 didn’t have to...
"Best Value, Location, and Ryokan Experience in Kyoto"
reviewed September 10, 2018 by Keira M
Less than 5 minute walk from Kyoto train station. Couldn't be any more convenient. The hospitality was the best I've ever experienced. As soon as you arrive, they make you feel immediately at home. You are welcomed with tea and a traditional sweet. Everything - from the lobby floors to the room to the onsen and shared bathrooms are super...
"We wish we could have stayed longer, Lucky You was a highlight of our trip!"
reviewed 2 weeks ago by HoneymoOoooOoon
The staff were all amazing and gave us great recommendations for local restaurants and shops in the immediate area. They were also very helpful when typhoon Trami hit and let us know about public transit closures. The breakfasts were SO good with much of it sourced by shops in the area.
Very kind English-speaking staff, delicious breakfast, beautiful tatami room and garden, and convenient central location. Nice Japanese and Western bath options (the Japanese bath is my favorite).
They were also really helpful with calling to make restaurant reservations.
I've been to Kyoto multiple times. This place was wonderful in so many ways. The rooms are spacious, clean, PLUS laundry machine. The location is super central but also quiet and it was always a good feeling to reach "home" after a long day of touring. The front desk is helpful and I would stay there again when I go...
We stayed at this hotel for five nights in October 2018. The hotel itself was centrally located near (10 minute walk) Kyoto stations which made travel around the city fairly easy. The room was nice and the tub was amazing! We did eat at the Teppanyaki place one of the nights and our meals and chef were just delightful. Of...