Shijo Dori
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The area
Neighbourhood: City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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AChee74
Kuching, Malaysia1,289 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
what amazed me in the shade that they provide for the mass to walk around, away from the rain and shine.

Lots to see, lots to buy, take your time.
Written 6 June 2024
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DipuKV
Pune, India3,121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Vibrant, and teeming with tourists / locals / shops / restaurants, Shijo Dori is an experience in itself, be it for strolling or shopping or people watching!
Written 1 June 2024
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delagioventu
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg1,506 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Lively area in Kyoto, preferably to be visited at night, many shops still open and many people around. Very safe to walk around.
Written 27 July 2023
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Erico2709
Singapore, Singapore2,403 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Since every big city will surely need a major shopping belt so I guess in Kyoto, this is it. There are also nice restaurants along the way to stop to eat as well.
Written 25 July 2023
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Travelingourworldwithck
Indialantic, FL1,440 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
I love this area because you will find many delicious desserts and restaurants. It’s also very safe and most of them are open till 11pm
Written 4 December 2019
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germipeck
New York City, NY37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Didn't realize one could spend so much time here. So nice, grab a coffee early while they are still setting up, catch every smell and sights that keep you enchanted, then lunch! Where to go? Backnto the main street, or to grab some of the snacks that you cant read the name, or simply get some noodles!? Such a wonderful amount of choices, every aisle, amd corner full of variety. We highly recommend.
Written 8 October 2019
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EarlyRetirementAbroa
Princeton, NJ3,146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Shijo Dori or Fourth Avenue is the main shopping area in Kyoto. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the area. Not sure about the bargains but definitely an entertainment experience.

If you not in a shopping mood then sip a cup of coffee and enjoy the scenery.
Written 11 May 2019
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blackmaxx
Denver, CO62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
There is a tremendous variety of shopping and dining along Shijo-dori roughly between Karasuma-dori on the West (business and banking district) and Higashioji-dori on the East (gateway to Yasaka Shrine). Everything from high-end retailers to small retail shops to traditional goods such as teas, confections, dolls -- all await the tourist and locals along with coffee shops, fast food, and Japanese cuisine. The major department stores Daimaru and Takashimaya are located along Shijo-dori as well as boutique shopping buildings Fuji Daimaru and Marui. Explore upper floors and lower floors for dining and shopping too. Don't forget to look past the arcade covering at the architecture of some of the narrow buildings that have been there since the 1960s. From Kawaramachi-dori to the east, the experience becomes more and more Japanese with food stalls and souvenir shops and mom and pop local shops. Explore and don't forget to look down some of the side streets.
Written 11 December 2018
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lucem808
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Most of my adventures on Shijo Dori are near Kawaramachi Station. This is the best place to be in the afternoon and evening, but you'll definitely arrive here to catch buses to nearly all shrines, temples, and attractions nearby. [One tip, if you're catching a bus, use an app to make sure you're catching the bus in the right direction, and check other buses arriving before it to make sure they also stop by, because you could be on the wrong side of the street heading in the wrong direction. I've wasted many an hour riding the wrong bus in the wrong direction.]

Either way, although most people focus on the expensive shopping. I have to say Nishiki Market is north of Karasuma Station and north-west of Kawaramachi--one of the best places (and crowded) to get fresh fried and cooked street-food. Did I mention it's crowded? It's closest, larger cousin is Kuromon Market in Osaka.

Also, north of Kawaramachi Station on Narayacho is a Book Off Plus, which means it has books, CDs, DVDs, but also used clothing at great deals, and some interesting styles to check out; this location also has a huge collection of Japanese anime figures, gundam, model trains, etc., it's an interesting stop to see a bisection of Japan's used and second-hand market. Also inside Kawaramachi OPA is a Daiso, in case you're looking for a smaller location that isn't as crowded as some of the larger stores. Just south of Kawaramachi Station is the Kyoto Pokemon Store located inside the Takashimaya shopping center.

The Kamo River also cuts through Shijo Dori near here, and you'll find tons of couples and groups sitting along the river bank during the evening. If you're lucky, you'll also find a musician you like--many local performers are here playing various types of music all the way from the Kawaramachi Station area to the Gion-Shijo Station area. It's another interesting slice of Japanese culture worth seeing, although they're mostly modern musicians and singers, it's still something worth witnessing.

Shijo Dori ends it's eastern street with Yasaka Shrine, the main entry point for many people visiting Gion.

And don't get me started on the food--there are so many vendors for food (and food gifts) along these streets. You just need to decide what you like to eat, and search for it. Especially close to Kamo River is the Pontocho area which is full of food and drinks, through tight alleys, for you to explore.

Overall, I'd consider this area to be more of an adult's paradise, for couples and groups of friends. Less for the kids to run around. But it makes for an interesting look at modern-day Kyoto, as you explore the older temples and shrines.
Written 20 November 2018
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Sally O
City of Greater Geelong, Australia62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
Shijo Dori is a great place to spend a shopping day. Situated here are the large Department Stores and on the other side of the street is Teramachi and Shin Kyogoku Shopping Arcades, these arcades are brilliant, quirky and fun, well worth a stroll. There are also lots of restaurants and little cafes along Shijo Dori
Written 9 October 2018
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