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Teramachi-dori and Shinkyogoku Shopping Streets

Historic commercial district featuring Temple Town Street, with connections to warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Photo of Teramachi-dori and Shinkyogoku Shopping Streets, Japan (寺町通 by kennejima)

Teramachi-dori and Shinkyogoku Shopping Streets are integral to Kyoto’s cultural landscape, offering a rich mix of traditional crafts and modern retail. These streets, home to numerous temples, reflect the city’s historic narrative while serving present-day preferences. Here, visitors can experience the unique fusion of Kyoto’s history and commerce.

About Teramachi-dori and Shinkyogoku Shopping Streets

Teramachi-dori, meaning “Temple Town Street,” originated in the 16th century when warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi reconstructed Kyoto, moving several Buddhist temples to this area. The street extends north-south for about 4.6 kilometers and is on the path of the former Higashi Kyōgoku Ōji in Heian-kyō. Its name stems from the significant number of temples established there. Over time, especially during the Edo period (1603-1868), Teramachi-dori became a hub for shops selling diverse items such as books, Buddhist items, writing brushes, and shamisens.

Shinkyogoku Shopping Street, running parallel to Teramachi-dori, contrasts by offering contemporary boutiques, fashion stores, and various souvenirs, including novelty shirts. Both streets are pedestrian-friendly, providing a relaxed shopping atmosphere.

Teramachi-dori features distinct sections, each with a unique character. The area between Oike Street and Shijō Street is a well-known pedestrian shopping zone with limited vehicle access during the day. Landmarks such as Yatadera, Rozan-ji, Honnō-ji, the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the Kyoto City Library of Historical Documents, and Kyoto City Hall are situated along this historical street.

For a refined shopping experience, Teramachi-dori presents art galleries, bookshops, and clothing stores, with other shops offering religious goods. Shinkyogoku Street, on the other hand, appeals to the younger demographic with its diverse product offerings.

A short distance away lies Nishiki Market, dubbed “Kyoto’s Kitchen.” This narrow food market street is a haven for food lovers wanting to try local specialties. Nishiki Market’s proximity to the shopping streets provides a comprehensive experience of Kyoto’s food scene.

Teramachi-dori and Shinkyogoku Shopping Streets serve as a link between Kyoto’s historical roots and its modern-day pulse, demonstrating the city’s capacity to meld tradition and modernity in an environment that honors its past while embracing the present.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Teramachi-dori and Shinkyogoku Shopping Streets

T 12

Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae
 Kyoto Tozai Line

 5-10 minute walk (500m)
HK 86

Hankyu Kyoto-kawaramachi
 Hankyu Kyoto Main Line + 1 more

 5-10 minute walk (700m)
KH 40

 Keihan Main Line

 5-10 minute walk (700m)
K 08

Karasuma Oike
 Karasuma Line + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.0km)

Around Teramachi-dori and Shinkyogoku Shopping Streets

Teramachi-dori and Shinkyogoku Shopping Streets

Shopping Street in Kyoto

open 9am - 9pm
closed Irregularly


寺町通, 京都

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