|Above, a view of Kyoto Tower in the distance from Kiyomizu-dera. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
When traveling overseas, tourists can never get enough information to make their vacations run more smoothly. So, whenever a new service or facility opens with that in mind, it is welcome news.
Such is the case for visitors to Kyoto as a new tourist information center has just opened at Kyoto Tower (just across the street from the massive JR Kyoto Station (featured in Gamera 3)). As many kaiju fans are aware, Kyoto Tower was blasted by Godzilla in 1983's Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II.
According to PR Newswire:
KYOTO, Japan, June 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- JTB Western Japan, Corp. and Keihan Electric Railway Co., Ltd. jointly opened Kansai Tourist Information Center Kyoto (KTIC Kyoto) on June 1, on the third floor of Kyoto Tower. KTIC Kyoto will cater exclusively to overseas visitors to Japan.
JTB Western Japan has been expanding a network of tourist information centers for inbound tourists in the Kansai region and KTIC Kyoto will be the third of its kind after previous openings at Shinsaibashi in Osaka and Kansai International Airport.
The widely diversified Keihan group based in Kyoto is pouring resources into "tourism creation" and aiming to attract more overseas visitors through the establishment of KTIC Kyoto at Kyoto Tower, one of its group companies.
JR Kyoto Station is the gateway for visitors to Kyoto, one of the world's most popular sightseeing destinations, and is expected to attract many more overseas visitors in the future. Kyoto Tower is a landmark located at the north entrance of JR Kyoto Station.To read more, go here.