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Kyoto Station Building
Kyoto's new source of information
Commemorating Kyoto's 1200th anniversary, the building was rebuilt in 1997. It is an entire complex, one of the biggest station buildings in Japan, containing a station, a hotel, department stores, theaters, museums, a tourist information center and other various facilities. There is also Kyoto Ramen Koji, where you can savor the ramens from across Japan. Furthermore, the Ozora Hiroba is an expansive space where panoramic views of Kyoto city can be enjoyed. (Photo:JNTO)
●Tel/075-361-4401(Station Information Plaza)
◆Access/JR Line Kyoto Station
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Gion Area
The red-light district that represent Kyoto
This large area is surrounded by the Yasaka Shrine (east side), the Kenninji Temple (south side), the Kamogawa River (west side) and Shinbashi-dori (north side). This is an amusement area including Minamiza, which is the oldest theater in Japan and is famous for "Kaomise" in which all-star Kabuki actors line up on the stage. Ryotei (traditional Japanese restaurants) and other restaurants line the street, and Geiko and Maiko can also be seen. The Miyako Odori, Kyoto style dance performance performed by Geiko and Maiko is held every April.
●Tel/075-752-0227(Kyoto City Tourism Association)
◆Access/A short walk from Keihan Gion Shijo Stn. or Gion bus stop by city bus from JR Kyoto Stn.Gion Area
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Nishiki Market
Kyoto's Kitchen with a tradition of 400 years
Known as the Kitchen of Kyoto. Some 130 food stores line a 400 m long, 4 m wide lane running east to west between Teramachi-dori and Takakura-dori on Nishikikoji-dori. The market boasts a large selection which covers almost everyone's needs from fresh food to ingredients for traditional Kyoto cuisine. Packed throughout the day with chefs and Okami-san from Ryokans (traditional Japanese inns), as well as local shoppers and of course, out-of-town visitors.
●Closed/Open all-year round (Several stores close on Wed. or Sun.)  ●Tel/075-211-3882(Nishiki Market Association)
◆Access/5 min. walk from Hankyu Karasuma Stn. or Subway Shijo Stn.
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Sannenzaka (Important Traditional Building Preservation Area)
Streets lined with old fashioned townhouses of Kyoto
The gentle stone slope from Yasaka to Kiyomizudera Temple is called Sanneizaka. The area is designated as a Preservation District for Groups of Important Historic Buildings. Kiyomizu-yaki ceramics, Nishijin-ori textiles and other souvenir shops line the street and attract many visitors. There is a superstition which says those who falls down the stone steps will pass away in three years; that's why the slope is also called Sannenzaka. This is a wonderful walk towards Ishibe-koji via Ninenzaka and Nene-no-michi.
●Tel/075-752-0227(Kyoto City Tourism Association)
◆Access/6 min. walk from Kiyomizu-michi bus stop by city bus from JR Kyoto Stn.
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Sake Breweries in Fushimi Area
The home of Sake with a concentration of Japanese Sake breweries
The area of Fushimi is famous for sake breweries. A row of willows and breweries with plastered walls line the street and make the scenery attractive. This is a typical view in Kyoto. There are a lot of places to visit including Gekkeikan Okura Memorial Museum. During the brewing season in winter, the whole area is filled with the favorable smell of maturing sake to give the impression as sake breweries.
●Open/[Gekkeikan Okura Memorial Museum] 9:30-16:30
●Closed/[Gekkeikan Okura Memorial Museum] Aug. 13-16, the beginning and the end of year  ●Fare/[Gekkeikan Okura Memorial Museum]300  ●Tel/075-623-2056
◆Access/5 min. walk from Keihan Chushojima Stn.
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Kurokabe Square
Nostalgic-looking square
The intersection where Kitakuni Kaido and Otemondori meet in the center of Nagahama is called Kurokabe Square, and its beautiful streets are popular among tourists. Nearby is Nagahama Castle, which was reconstructed in 1983, where you can have a commanding view of Lake Biwa from its Panorama Observation Deck.
●Open/10:00-18:00 (Until 17:00 in winter)
●Closed/[Kurokabe Square] 
The end of year  ●Tel/0749-65-8055
◆Access/5 min. walk from JR Nagahama Stn.
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