Kyoto Station is one of the largest railway stations in the world and certainly one of the most striking. It is the largest railway station in Japan. This futuristic glass structure replaced old Kyoto station, which burned down in 1952. The new Kyoto Station building was designed by the architect Hiroshi Hara and the completion of the new Kyoto Station marked the beginning of a new era of modern architectural developments in the city. The enormity of the construction is undescored by the giant escalator system that takes the passenger up nine storeys up to the roof, where there is a spectacular view over the city from the observation deck. Besides all this, the station hosts events and activities as a multi-functional space.