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Kyoto Station (Kyoto-eki), located in Kyoto, is the second-largest train station in Japan and one of the country's largest buildings, incorporating a shopping mall, hotel, movie theater, Isetan department store, and several local government facilities under one 15-story roof.
Opening in 1997, it is 70 meters high and 470 meters from east to west, with a total floor area of 238,000 square meters. Architecturally, it exhibits many characteristics of futurism, with a slightly irregular cubic facade of plate glass over a steel frame. The architect was Hiroshi Hara.
The Kyoto station is based on the real world location in Kyoto.
- Main Article: Kyoto Station
- Kyoto, one of the least modern cities in Japan by virtue of its many cultural heritage sites, was largely reluctant to accept such an ambitious structure in the mid-1990s: The station's completion began a wave of new high-rise developments in the city that culminated in the 20-story Kyocera Building. Hence some criticize the station's design for taking part in breaking down the traditional cityscape.
- The station was designed by former Tokyo University professor, Hiroshi Hara, who won an international competition to decide the design of the station.