It's only natural that photographers visiting Kyoto prioritize temples and shrines such as Kiyomizu, Fushimi Inari and Nanzenji. After all, they're partly what the city is famous for.
For those looking for something different however, you need look no further than the Kyoto Station building.
Completed in 1997, it was built to commemorate Kyoto's 1,200th anniversary. At 70 metres tall and 450 metres from east to west it is the second largest station building in Japan after Nagoya. With its futuristic styling it is also a place that no photographer should miss.
You'll find a host of interesting architectural features throughout the 17 floors.
I've assembled a small collection here of shots taken in, from and around the building. It could take you a couple of hours to fully explore the building and surrounds.
The cavernous interior with glossy marble and glass make for some great reflections.
The gigantic futuristic structure is like nothing else in the city. Locals were divided with many saying it was out of keeping with Kyoto’s traditional cityscape.
25 years on it still attracts criticism, but I've come to really appreciate it.
The giant, 60-metre atrium inside the main exit alone is worth the visit, with most visitors being totally awe-struck.
Even the platforms are a target rich environment.
Two salary men back to back.
This is the Kyoto Kintetsu line platform. Looking south from the Hachijo side.
Going down one of the many escalators.
The view south.
Can't resist a reflection selfie.
Leaving the station. x100s pressed against the glass and resting on a handle.
The flip screen on the x-t20 is handy for shots like this.
A barrier doubles as a handy tripod for this half-second exposure.
Low winter sun...
...and afternoon shadows.
With the sun on my back.
Kyoto Tower, another controversial part of the Kyoto skyline.
And finally in to sci-fi world.
I'm going to leave it at that but there are plenty more. I'm sure you get the picture. If you're heading to Kyoto, make sure to save an afternoon to explore this unique building.