Published On: Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014

Latest Kyoto Shopping Guide

You will need Kyoto shopping guide if you’re planning on traveling to Kyoto. Kyoto has a distinctive mixture of shopping culture, as modern and higher end fashion stores can easily be found side by side stores with that has hundred years of history in offering traditional Kyoto specialty foods or crafts. This is highly shown in Kyoto’s biggest shopping district at Shijo Street in the center of Kyoto.

 

Shijo Street

Shijo Street

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Shijo Street

You’ll be able to find the famous Takashimaya and also Marui department stores on Shijo Street shopping area. Nearby there are high fashion brand such as Louis Vuitton and well known department store, Daimaru. If you go along the Shijo Street just across Kamo River to Yasaka Shrine, you could see how the big stores give opportunities for smaller shops to sell fashion goods or Kyoto crafts and specialty foods. You can also find Shin Kyogoku and Teramachi Shopping Arcades around Kawaramachi intersection, which is the branch off Shijo Street. You may also found Nishiki Market in this particular area, which is a lovely food market road that runs almost one block from the Shijo Street. The second biggest shopping area in Kyoto is near the station of JR Kyoto. This shopping area includes a huge Aeon shopping mall at the south of the JR Kyoto station, also an extensive Porta underground shopping mall. This particular shopping area offer a variety of souvenir shops, restaurants and boutiques.

 

Higashiyama

Higashiyama

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Higashiyama District

Most Kyoto shopping guide emphasizes the importance to experience a traditional Kyoto atmosphere. That is why you should go to the roads at the east of Higashiyama District. Here you can find a broad variety of crafts, specialty foods as well as souvenirs, in addition the well-known Kiyomizu-yaki pottery. The area’s stores and eateries have the experience in serving vacationers and visitors for a few centuries, while the district keeps the traditional touch using the narrow lanes, pebble paved streets as well as wooden buildings.

 

Kyoto Craft Center

Kyoto Craft Center

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Kyoto Craft Center

To get mementos, you can go to one stop craft shopping at Kyoto Craft Center north of the Heian Shrine. You can find high end goods such as folding fans, lacquerwares, swords and armors and damascene jewelry on the first floor of Kyoto Handicraft, as its upper floors there are retailers selling less expensive crafts such as kokeshi dolls, wooden block prints and yukata. Kyoto also has several flea markets which are one of the most visited place by tourists. One flea market is held on 21st of each month at Toji Temple, which is located south of the Kyoto Station, whereas the other flea market is held every month on 25th at Kitano Tenmangu Temple. Both flea markets are full of vendors selling tools, clothes, arts, plants and antiques.

 

Kyoto has a wide variety of lodging for all budgets and preferences. This include Western style hotels, low-budget hostels and historic ryokan. One among the most pleasant districts to lodge is the Kyoto Station area, which is the city center near Shijo Street and also the Higashiyama District. If you want to want to have the best travel experience when visiting Kyoto, then you definitely need a good Kyoto shopping guide.

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