Kyoto has been the cultural and spiritual center of Japan for centuries. In this photo series, I will be exploring the architectural landmarks of Kyoto, from ancient temples and shrines to the sleek and contemporary buildings. Join me as we delve into the architectural wonders of Kyoto, a city that continues to captivate and inspire.
Kyoto Tower is the highest structure in Kyoto. It was designed by modernist architect Mamoru Yamada. Although it was originally planned to be completed for the 1964 Olympic Summer Games, it only opened to the public on December 28, 1964.
The Kyoto station building was designed by Hiroshi Hara. With a shopping mall, a hotel, a movie theater, the Isetan department store and several local government facilities, in addition to the railways tracks, it is the second largest station building in Japan. It opened in 1997 to commemorate Kyoto's 1200th anniversary.
The Golden Pavilion is a three-story building inside the Rokuon-ji temple complex. Its top two stories are covered with pure gold leaf. The history of the building goes back to the 14th century, but in 1950 it was burned down by a monk who attempted suicide. It was rebuilt in 1955.