All of Japan's major cities have a main central station that serve as a focal point for commerce and the daily activities of the city's residents. In many cases, these stations are also a hub of cultural exchange, which has helped to shape the development of the cities themselves. JR Kyoto Station is no exception. In addition to being the home of Hotel Granvia Kyoto, the JR Kyoto Station complex is well-known for its renowned department store (JR Kyoto Isetan), world-class museum, authentic local restaurants, and various shopping facilities.
Furthermore, Kyoto's own unique sights, sounds, and attractions are just a stone's throw away. For connoisseurs of unique architecture, the JR Kyoto Station Building complex provides a tantalizing contrast with the traditional and ancient buildings of Kyoto's past through a design that attracts architects from around the world.