Kyoto has thousands of shopping options to suit every taste and budget, from designer brand shopping along the central Shijo Street to 100-yen shops and thrift stores in the Teramachi Street arcade. Traditional Japanese attire such as kimonos and yukatas are popular souvenirs for visitors to Kyoto. The city is also renowned for its exquisite lacquerware, decorative umbrellas, and fragrant incense.
Luxury & Grand Recommendations
Teramachi-dori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
One of Kyoto’s best-known and most picturesque roads, Teramachi Street offers a combination of the city’s beautiful architecture with upscale shopping.
Shijo Street, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Shijo Street offers a delightful blend of East and West, combining big-brand shopping with traditional Japanese culture.
North side, Matsubara-Nishi-Iru, Karasuma Street, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8427
Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8555
Occupying 11 floors of Kyoto’s futuristic transport hub, the Isetan Department Store is the perfect place for luxury retail therapy while you wait for your train.
Furumonzen Street, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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.
Mid-range & Affordable Recommendations
902 Higashishiokojimachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8216
Sandwiched between JR Kyoto Station and Kyoto Tower, Porta is an underground shopping mall specialising in Japanese fashion.
Nishiki Market, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
One of the most renowned shopping streets in Kyoto, the bustling Nishiki Market is a covered arcade guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds.
21 Shogoin Entomicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8323
The Kyoto Handicraft Centre is home to a wide range of unique Japanese crafts, from pottery and lacquerware to toy dolls and ornamental swords.
Teramachi Street Nijo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0915
Green tea is an integral part of Japanese culture and Ippodo is the perfect place to learn the art of preparing it – as well as picking up some tea to take home.
27, Miyashiki-cho, Hirano, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8365
Situated in Kyoto’s North West suburbs, Gallery Gado is the home of Ido Masao, a Japanese woodblock artist who has been honing his craft for more than 50 years.
Budget & Economical Recommendations
1 Kujocho, Minami Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-8473
Toji Temple Flea Market has to be one of the few places on the planet where you can browse stacks of bargain used clothes and admire a UNESCO world heritage site at the same time.
297 Miyagawasuji 4-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0801
Nestled at the end of a narrow alley on the bank of the Kamo River, Uragu is a stationery shop offering a unique selection of handmade products which make perfect gifts.
Bakurocho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-8386
With a history stretching back more than 1,000 years, the peaceful Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto's northwestern suburbs is one of the most significant religious sites in the whole of Japan.
258 Teramachi Street, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8061
Situated in Kyoto’s busy Teramachi Street, Chicago Thrift Store stocks an impressive selection of affordable second-hand Japanese garments.
Shikibucho 250, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8061
A step up from Japan’s big 100yen stores, 3 Coins offers a broad range of homeware goods at discount prices.