Shijo Street offers a delightful blend of East and West, combining big-brand shopping with traditional Japanese culture.
The central section of the street is home to the Kyoto branch of Daimaru, a Japanese department store specialising in upmarket fashion.
The 6-storey building includes a comprehensive range of watches, cosmetics and designer fashion, with brands including Rolex, Dior and Gucci . Across the street from Daimaru, a large branch of Louis Vuitton can be found.
For those in the market for traditional Japanese clothing, Minoya on Shijo Street is a small boutique dealing in bespoke silk kimonos.
Further east, just before the Kamo River, Tawaraya specialises in modern Japanese-style handbags and accessories made using traditional methods.
If you are in Kyoto in July, be sure not to miss the spectacular Gion Festival which is held in and around Shijo Street each year. The festival is famous for the massive parades, the Yamaboko Junkō (山鉾巡游), held July 17 and July 24.
- Shijo Street, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
- Because of its central location, Shijo Street is served by several over ground and subway stations. Shijo Karasuma Station (Hankyu Kyoto Line) will put you at the centre of the street, close to the Daimaru department store. Arriving at Shijo Subway Station (Karasuma Line) will also put you in the centre of the street. Leave through exit 1 and you will be able to see Shijo Street 20 meters to the north.