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Shopping Course

If sightseeing with an umbrella isn't your cup of tea, how about shopping along one of the covered shopping arcades? Shopping streets such as Shijo, Nishiki, Teramachi each have their own personality and reveal a different face of this ancient city.
(About 4 hours)

04:00-05:30

Course253a

Shijo Street (Kawabata to Higashioji)

Shijo Street runs through the famous Gion entertainment district. You'll be sure to find plenty of geisha houses and other traditional shops. Explore stores offering macha (bitter green tea) sweets, traditional confectionary, and kimono accessories all concentrated on the one street that truly captures the essence of Kyoto. On the Eastern end of Shijo Street lies Yasaka jinja Shrine, the face of Gion. The arcade continues from Keihan Shijo Station to the western gate of Yasaka jinja Shrine.

06:00-07:00

Course253b

Nishiki Street (Kyoto Nishiki Food Market)

Ever since the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1558-1600), this area has served as the kitchen of Kyoto. During the early morning hours, the lines of shops open their eager doors to sell Kyo-Yasai, tofu, fish, and all sorts of fresh food items. A virtual treasure trove for strolling and eating, you'll find everything from fresh fish and vegetables to soy milk doughnuts here, all of the highest quality.

07:00-07:20

Course253c

Teramachi Shopping arcade

This shopping arcade is chock full of variety, from clothing shops for teenagers, to used books, to ukiyo-e (Edo-period drawings). Many stores specializing in locally produced wares contain unique items like Samurai wigs. The northern section of Sanjo Street is lined with cafes and more traditional shops selling items like tea and Japanese paper.

07:20-08:00

Course253d

Honno-ji Temple

This temple is situated at the northern end of the Teramachi arcade and is famous for being the site where, during the Warring States period (1467 to 1568), military commander Oda Nobunaga went forth to meet his death

Details
Hours:6:00 - 17:00
Address:522-1 Shimohonnojicho Nakagyo-ku,Kyoto
Access:3-min walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station on the Tozai Subway Line

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