Kyoto Styudy

Shopping

Some 2.6 million people live in Kyoto.
This guide provides information about shopping options in different areas of the city, covering everything from department stores to boutiques, souvenir shops, well-established food markets, and flea markets opened only periodically.

[Teramachi and Shinkyogoku] 

[Teramachi and Shinkyogoku] 

From used clothing stores oriented towards young people to long-standing traditional shops, this shopping district has it all. With their numerous souvenir stores selling Japanese knickknacks made using traditional techniques and designs, these areas are always bustling with tourists and students on school trips. There are also movie theaters, temples, and shrines.

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[Kawaramachi-dori]

[Kawaramachi-dori]

One of Kyoto’s main streets, running north and south.
In addition to traditional shops special to Kyoto, visitors will find international fashion stores such as H&M and Uniqlo, as well as kitsch shops and other such retail spaces. Students and families also throng to the area for the amusement centers and restaurants.

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[Nishiki Market] 

[Nishiki Market] 

This food market has existed for ages. Consisting of 126 shops on a street 390 m long and ranging from 3.3 m to 5 m wide, Nishiki Market is immensely popular among even tourists.
The market offers distinctly Kyoto foods ranging from Kyoto-grown fresh and pickled vegetables to dried beancurd and other confections. Some shops even offer samples.

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[Shijo-dori]

[Shijo-dori]

One of Kyoto’s main streets, running east and west.
Visitors can shop at department stores such as Takashimaya and Daimaru or a multitude of internationally renowned brand-name stores.
Branches of many of Japan’s major financial institutions are also located here.

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[JR Kyoto Station area]

[JR Kyoto Station area]

A gateway to Kyoto, this area is a hub for bullet trains and numerous local lines. Connected to the station are the Isetan department store and consumer electronics chains such as Bic Camera and Yodobashi Camera. Clothing stores, restaurants, and more can be found underground.

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