In Japan, shopping is a national sport with shopping varieties from the high-end brilliant designers to the silliest outfits you will come across. In Kyoto, you can practice best along the Shijo-dori street in the very heart of the city, Teramachi and Shinkyogoku shopping arcades, or the area in and around JR Kyoto Station as the three main shopping hot spots for clothing.
1. DEPARTMENT STORES
Time well spent in Japan, browsing the Kyoto’s major department stores on a lookout for some great pieces. Offer is a wide range of the retail options for all styles and budgets. Shop ‘till you drop in Daimaru Kyoto located 2 min from Shi-jyo station (via underground passage). Eight floors of heaven, 1th to 6th designated for fashion and hosting over 100 brands, domestic and international.
Few minutes away is Takashimaya department store, an elegant higher – end option with Louis Vuitton and similar branded stores. Across the road you will find trendy Kyoto Marui or OIOI, worth checking out.
Address: Japan, 〒600-8511 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward Web:https//www.daimaru.co.jp/kyoto/
2. TERAMACHI & SHINKYOGOKU DISTRICTS
In Japan, shopping arcades are often located close to the main station of the city, so be on the lookout. Teramachi and Shinkyogoku, in downtown Kyoto, are certainly the most popular in Kyoto, essential stops during your shopping spree. The two are huge, typically Japanese shopping arcades crossing the legendary
Nishiki Market and near to the Shijo Dori street. They have become a real attraction for locals and tourists alike. The two streets are parallel to each other and you will find a little bit of everything regardless of your style and preferences.
In the center of Kyoto there is one of the largest railway stations in Japan, and its extraordinary architecture also makes it a worthy place to visit, but it’s the shopping arcades and stores in and around the station that you will want to gallop. The complex houses a large, 10 floors Isetan department store and “The Cube” shopping center. Nearby is Kyoto Yodobashi and five minutes away Aeon Mall Kyoto, an affordable source of Uniqlo and Zara brands.
Address: Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
4. SHIJO – DORI AVENUE
The only area of the city where there are no famous temples to report. This is modern, commercial heart of Kyoto and it’s main street. Dynamic and fascinating contrast to the rest of Kyoto, the present over past. Here you will find the major department stores, boutiques, small shops and shopping arcades. Will probably be your first stop on your Kyoto shopping adventure.
Perfect ‘shopseeing day trip from Kyoto is a visit to the outlet center in Shiga Ryuo in Gamō District, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
There is a direct bus service from Kyoto on weekends and holidays, 50 min. ride. This is Kansai’s region largest outlet mall, offering about 240 stores of Japanese and international brands. Armani, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Puma, Adidas are just some of the brands you can find there.
Address, 1178-694 Sunayama, Kuzushi, Ryuo Town, Gamogun, Shiga. Opening Hours, 10:00 – 20:00.