Downtown Area

Downtown Kyoto

Gion District

From left to right, the pictures of Tatsumi Shrine, Tatsumi Bridge, and a geisha house in Gion District. Tatsumi Shrine is worshiped by many geishas in Gion.

Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine is located in the Gion district. This Shinto shrine enshrines Susano'o-no-mikoto, or a god of the sea in the Japanese mythology. The origin of this shrine is not certain. There are several different theories about when and who built this shrine. The current buildings of the shrine were rebuilt in 1654. Today, the shrine is famous for the Gion festival, one of the Three Great Festival of Kyoto.

Kodaiji Area

From left to right, Inoda Coffee near Kiyomizu Temple, old Japanese style window, and Ikkyu-An.

Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market is located on Nishiki St. between Teramachi and Higashi-no-tohin St. There are over one hundred of shops and restaurants. You can buy various kinds of food. Thus, Nishiki is called "Kyo-No-Daidokoro" (Kichen of Kyoto).

Teramachi St. between Marutamachi St. and Nijō St.

Tramachi St. (between Marutamachi St. and Nijō St.) is one of the must-go shopping districts in Kyoto. There are various antique shops, restaurants, and coffee shops. On a sunny day, take a walk on Teramachi St. You will find a relaxing time there.

Karasuma Sanjo Area

From left to right, the picture of two barrels of sake, Shin-puh-kan's rooftop, and Shin-puh-kan. Shin-puh-kan is a outside shopping mall, which is located on Karasuma St. and Oike St, and a popular place among teenagers.

Inoda Coffee

Big Red Coffee Mill is Sign for Good Coffee

Since 1940, Inoda Coffee has been serving the best coffee in Kyoto. Currently, there are six locations in Kyoto and six other locations outside of Kyoto. You can drink their original House Blend and six different types of coffee from all over the world.

Inoda Coffee Sanjo(near the corner of Sanjo St. and Sakaimachi St.)

Museum of Kyoto

On the left, the sing of the Museum of Kyoto. On the right,the former Bank of Japan Kyoto (currentlly, a part of the Museum of Kyoto).

The former Bank of Japan Kyoto is a part of the Museum of Kyoto today. The building was designed by architect Kingo Tatsuno and his student Uheiji Nagano and built in 1906.

The permanent exhibitions of the Museum of Kyoto is open from 10:00 to 19:30. You can see Kyoto's rich history and culture through these exhibitions.

Museum of Kyoto
On the corner of Sanjo St. and Takakura St.
10:00-19:30 (Monday is close)

Sanjo St. & Teramachi St.

On the corner of Sanjo and Kawaramachi St. (left) A small shopping mall on the corner of Sanjo and Gokomachi St.(right)

Tully's Coffee on the corner of Sanjo and Gokomachi St.(left) Mishima-Tei, the most famous sukiyaki restaurant in Kyoto, on the corner of Sanjo and Teramachi St.(right)

Kani-Dohraku, a crab restaurant, on Sanjo and Teramachi (left) A "ukiyoe" shop next to a sukiyaki restaurant, Mishima-Tei. Ukiyoe is an antique wood print.

Koromo is a boutique, which sells modern design clothes made by Japanese traditional fabric. It's located on Teramachi and Takoyakushi St.(left) Some casual clothes shop on Teramachi and Nishiki(right)

Daitsuru is a good, old soba (buckwheat) shop on Sanjo and Takakura (left) A Cafe in front of the Museum of Kyoto (right)

Yumekichi is a used kimono shop near Shijo and Teramachi St. Also, they can teach you how to wear kimono.