On the northern edge of Gion, Kyoto’s geisha district, Furumonzen Street is home to dozens of shops and galleries dealing in high-end crafts and antiques.
Catering primarily to serious collectors, the street is the city’s traditional arts hub, with more than 20 specialist stores to be found within a stretch of 150 meters.
At the western end of the street, Gallery Yasuhara specialises in pottery crafted during the first half of the Edo period (1600 to 1750).
Heading east, Sokyo Gallery deals in contemporary art and ceramics from the more recent Meiji era (1868 to 1912).
Just next door, Tessaido sells tea sets and early modern paintings, and approximately 20 meters to the east, Imadegawa specialises in Buddhist art.
The street’s other stores stock everything from lacquerware and antique masks to traditional woodblock prints and Japanese folding screens.
The neighbouring Shinmonzen Street is also home to a large number of antique dealers.
- (+81) 98-951-3300
- Furumonzen Street, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
- From Sanjo Subway Station (Keihan Line and Tozai Line), take Exit 2 and walk south. The western end of Furumonzen Street is less than 1 minute away. From Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Kyoto Line), leave through exit 1A and cross the river. The western end of Furumonzen Street can be reached within 5 minutes on foot.