Observation Deck

The 100-meter observation deck is the highest in the city of Kyoto and provides picturesque panoramic views of the former capital.
Enjoy the changing scenery with the four seasons and different times of day that offers something new with each visit.

Facility information

  • Free telescopes

    The telescopes set up on the 5th floor observation deck of Kyoto Tower are available for your use free-of-charge. Looking through them affords a view of Kyoto's famous charms from 100 meters up. There are lots of historical sites to see, and on clear days you can even get a glimpse of Osaka in the distance!
    Enjoy spectacular views you can't get anywhere else at Kyoto Tower.

  • Tourist information touch panels

    There are 8 touch-panel tourist information monitors available on the 5th floor observation deck of Kyoto Tower. In addition to searching for information about famous sightseeing spots, they can also be used to download this information to your personal smartphone by simply reading moving QR codes. These devices are the first in Japan to use this technology.

World Heritage sites and National Treasures
visible from Kyoto Tower

World Heritage Sites and National Treasures seen from 100 meters up
Kiyomizu-dera Temple, To-ji Temple, Chion-in Temple... many of Japan's most famous temples and shrines are located here in Kyoto. Looking down from the 100-meter observation deck lets you view familiar sites like these from a new perspective. Enjoy some of the World Heritage sites and National Treasures visible from Kyoto Tower!

World Heritage sites visible from Kyoto Tower
  • Toji

    Toji is the head temple of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. It was built to the east of the Rajomon Gate in 796 as a spiritual protection for the nation. The five-storied pagoda (National Treasure) within the Toji Temple grounds was built by Tokugawa Iemitsu, and at 55 meters is known as the tallest pagoda in Japan.

  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple

    One of Kyoto's most famous tourist attractions, alongside the likes of Arashiyama. The main building (National Treasure), also known as the "Kiyomizu Stage," is perched 18 meters up on a cliff and is clearly visible from Kyoto Tower.

  • Hongwanji (World Heritage Site)

    Headquarters of the Hongwanji denomination of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism (Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha). There are a number of buildings expressing Momoyama period culture that are designated National Treasures within the grounds, such as the Hongwanji North Stage, the oldest surviving Noh performance stage in Japan, and the Karamon Gate. Since the temple is only about 15 minutes away from Kyoto Tower on foot, you can easily walk there for a visit.

National Treasures visible from Kyoto Tower
  • Tofukuji The Sanmon gate

    This structure inside the Tofukuji grounds is a National Treasure built in the Muromachi period (14th century). It incorporates architectural elements of Zenshuyo (Chinese), Wayo (Japanese), and Daibutsuyo (Indian) styles and is the oldest and largest National Treasure found at any Zen Buddhist temple. Looking down from Kyoto Tower, you can even see the Rakunan area of Kyoto through the second floor of the gate structure (normally closed to the public).

  • Sanjusangendo

    Sanjusangendo is famous for the 1,001 statues of Kannon, the 1,000-armed goddess of mercy. It was built in 1164 by Taira no Kiyomori in a corner of the grounds of Hojuji-dono Palace, the seat of the imperial government under Emperor Go-Shirakawa, which was located at the foot of Mt. Toribe (now known as Amidagamine). This historical building has been preserved for over 700 years, with four major renovations, first in the Muromachi period (14th century), then in the Momoyama (16th century), Edo (1603 - 1868), and Showa (1926 - 1989) periods. *Image provided by: Myoho-in Temple

  • Chion-in Sanmon

    "Chion-in" is the head temple of the Pure Land sect of Buddhism and is located in the Higashiyama Ward in the city of Kyoto. The Sanmon Gate is said to be the largest surviving wooden structure of its kind in Japan.
    In addition to the Sanmon Gate, there are also many other buildings in the temple that are designated as National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, such as the Mieido, Seishido, Shuedo, and Daishoro structures.

Enjoy Kyoto Tower even more

Kyoto Tower offers so much more than just taking in the views from the observation deck!

Visit the Tawawa-chan Shrine!

The Tawawa-chan Shrine is the highest shrine in all of Kyoto. The mascot of Kyoto Tower, Tawawa-chan, prays for all of the visitors to the building, hoping everyone will achieve fulfilling relationships and even greater blessings in their lives.

The highest spiritual energy spot in all of Kyoto!
Tawawa-chan Shrine is located 100 meters up, on the observation deck of Kyoto Tower. This shrine in the sky is a popular spot!

The enshrined relic is... a golden Tawawa-chan!
Of course Tawawa-chan is enshrined in the Tawawa-chan Shrine! This sparkling, golden figure is here to help all of you achieve fulfilling relationships. There are also mythical three-legged "Ah Un" crows depicted beside Tawawa-chan.

Only at Kyoto Tower! Super cute ema plaques and fortunes
These "Tawawa-chan Ema" plaques shaped like the tower mascot's face are available for 300 yen, and also "Tawamikuji" Tawawa-chan fortunes for 100 yen! Both are only available at the shrine, so how about buying some as a memento of your trip?
*Prayer and purification rituals for "Tawawa-chan Ema" and "Tawamikuji" are performed at Kamomioya Shrine (Shimogamo Shrine).
A portion of the proceeds from these ema plaque and fortune product purchases will be donated to the Tadasu no Mori Foundation for environmental preservation activities at "Tadasu no Mori" (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

The connection of fate for 5 yen! Tawawa-chan's red thread
Tie a 5-yen coin to your Tawawa-chan Ema plaque with special red thread, praying for a connection and giving your wish special power.
After praying, the ema plaques will be presented to Shimogamo Shrine.

There are also fun events held often!
No matter how many times you visit Tawawa-chan Shrine, it's always fun, so stop by and see for yourself!