Modern Kyoto

Now Kyoto is a bustling modern city with a huge number of modern buildings. But at the same time it retained its historical and cultural value. Kyoto is dedicated to preserving Japan’s oldest traditions, yet it is also a dynamic, contemporary city.

For me, one of the symbols of modern Kyoto is the Kyoto Tower (京都タワ), which can be seen from different points of the city. For me, the tower often acts as a landmark during walks around the city. This is the highest building in Kyoto. The tower is a steel structure 131 meters high (spire) and weighs about 800 tons. The tower was built by the architect Makoto Tanahashi. The public opening of the tower was on December 28, 1964.

Kyoto tower  viewing platform is at a height of 100 m
Kyoto tower viewing platform is at a height of 100 m

The station of Kyoto or “Kyoto-kyo” is the main transport hub of the city. All types of transport available in Kyoto come here. The opening of the current building of Kyoto Station was in 1997, and was timed to coincide with the 1200 anniversary of the city. The station building has a very futuristic design.

The station of Kyoto or Kyoto-kyo
The station of Kyoto or Kyoto-kyo

Here I came from Kansai International Airport after my 14 hour flight. It was the fisrst place, which I visited in Kyoto. For me it was unexpectedly, because I represented Kyoto more traditional and fanned by the spirit of antiquity. However, Kyoto combines traditions with ancient cultural and innovations with a modern lifestyle.

Shijou-dori Street (literal translation: “Fourth Heian-kyo Street”) is the central street of Kyoto. It is 7 km long, runs through the whole city, crossing it from east to west. In the east, it rests in Yasaka-jinja, and in the west – in another shrine, Matsuo Tai. In the center, it intersects with the streets of Karasuma, Kavaramati, the Kamogawa River (Shijo Bridge). In the same area are several large department stores (Daimaru, Takasimaya, Koto +, Marui). On this street there is a large number of restaurants, business centers, shops and slot machine centres (pachinko). I really like to walk around the street, especially because next to this street is a geisha quarter and the famous Kiyomizu-dera Temple and in the same time lots of modern interesting things.

shijo-dori
shijo-dori

Also there are galleries. These are covered narrow pedestrian roads, on both sides of which there are an infinite number of shops (some – quite a narrow focus, for example, only toys-Pokémon or only manga comics), snack bars, bars, entertaining and entertainment facilities. Regardless of what the weather is, it’s always crowded. Such galleries are located on Kyogoku-dori, Sinkogoku-dori, between Shizo-dori and Sanjo-dori, and also on Teramati-dori between Shijo-dori and Oike Dori.

Night life in the city center
Night life in the city center

Kyoto is a modern and dynamically developing city. Before coming to Japan, I had a preposition that Kyoto is a traditional city full of cultural and historical monuments, castles and sanctuaries. However, it is also a modern city.

On each street you can see small sanctuaries
On each street you can see small sanctuaries

In Kioto modernity and antiquity are combined, each person can find here something to his liking.

In the next posts I will tell you something else interesting about this wonderful city.

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