Exploring Kyoto Station

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After cooling down and stocking up on our beverages (from the nearby convenience store) for the next 5 days, M and I made our way back to Kyoto Station. It was but a short train ride, 1 stop to be exact, from Tofukuji Station to Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station
Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station is huge: so many gates, trains, and exits (not to mention people)! So it took us a while to get our bearings right, which we eventually did on the third day or so as we got more familiar with the area. Getting from one end to the other was very disorientating and maze-like; the distance is not short. 

There are a couple of shopping malls within the station itself: Isetan Department Store, The Cube Shopping Mall, and Porta Underground Shopping Mall, which made it more fun to explore the station. With the shops, restaurants and observatory deck in the station itself, not to mention an arts museum and train museum, there are quite a lot of things to do and see within the station itself without having to walk/get out (if you don’t want to). 

Food shop
There are shops selling local delights all over the station
Exploring Kyoto Station
A clothes shop at the basement
Exploring Kyoto Station
Another shop at the basement specializing in birthday presents

Throughout our time exploring Kyoto Station, we spent our time the most at Isetan Department Store and The Cube Shopping Mall. There are about 11 or so stories for both The Cube and Isetan. That’s a lot of escalators!


The Cube Shopping Mall

The Cube Shopping Mall


The Cube is a shopping mall located at the basement of Kyoto Station offering local souvenirs, fashion and accessories etc… While the prices were not very appealing (it is Japan after all), some window shopping never hurt the eyes. 

The Cube Shopping Mall
Clothes, makeup, umbrellas....
The Cube Shopping Mall
... more clothes
The Cube Shopping Mall
... some souvenirs
... and accessories
Food
Bento sets and all things takeaway~


Isetan Department Store

Although Isetan Department Store has more or less the same items on sale as The Cube, most of the items on sale were pretty high end (at least that was the floor where we also ended up). Think Gucci, Fendi, Prada etc… Like The Cube, most of the restaurants are located on the 11th floor. We did explore the basement as well, which had food (mainly for take-away as well) and fresh groceries, and local delights (e.g. pastries, cakes etc...).

Fresh asparagus and tomatoes anyone?
Fresh asparagus and tomatoes anyone?
Chilled foods section
Chilled foods section
Pastries, cookies, mochi etc...
Pastries, cookies, mochi etc...
Cookies and jellies, Japanese style
Cookies and jellies, Japanese style

The array of food at the basement was an eye-opener and made us all the more hungry as dinner time was soon approaching. However, all the food at the basement is for take away and we wanted to sit down to have a good authentic Japanese dinner. So we decided to head upstairs to "Eat Paradise" on the 11th floor.





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