Teramachi Shinkyogoku Shopping Arcade
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Kyoto Shinkyogoku Shopping Street


Kyoto’s Shinkyogoku shopping arcade is the second oldest shopping strip after Asakusa Nakamise in Tokyo which established in 1872. Since Shinkyogoku’s establishment, it was renowned for its many performing arts facilities that lined the arcade such as comedy halls and show theatres, almost like New York’s Broadway. Along with the debut of movie entertainment, the performing arts halls soon became movie theatres solely to project films instead of plays. Downtown Kyoto became “The City of Movie Watching” which kept Shinkyogoku a lively movie entertainment district that attracted widespread popularity to people around neighboring prefectures as well. Restaurants and souvenir shops multiplied around the theatres which attracted even more visitors.
Post 1970, along with the downturn of the movie industry, the number of movie theatres substantially decreased. Kyoto city transitioned from being “The City of Movie Watching” to “The City of Souvenirs” as it turned its attention to target tourism; domestic and overseas visitors.
Not only local specialties such as Japanese sweets and pickles, but T-shirts and Kimono are popular souvenir choices among foreign tourists. Shinkyogoku shopping arcade is the perfect place to find that perfect souvenir! Moreover, you can also find plenty of eateries such as sushi bars, unagi, soba, udon and other Japanese cuisine restaurants, western food, coffee houses and more! A range of clothing boutiques and accessory shops for the younger crowd and various specialty stores selling eyeglasses, knives and swords, cosmetics, etc. Window shopping or not, enjoy a fun-filled day for all!
Another attraction of Shinkyogoku shopping arcade are the 7 temples and 1 shrine that are situated along the strip. Each temple and shrine having its own intriguing history and story which draws many visitors from all over the world. One step into the tranquil precincts of the temple or shrine will instantaneously make you forget where you are and the lively atmosphere outside. A visit to one these temples is surely recommended when you are in Shinkyogoku.


Very popular for locals to shop in this area.
Also when its raining this will be good hang out in this area beside under ground shopping.
There are many fast foods, restaurants/coffee shops and gift shops, many mini malls even Pharmacy on this this street that you will find your gifts on your trip in Kyoto.
Free Wifi provided.

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Address: Shinkyogoku-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City

Train Keihan Line "Sanjo".

Train Hankyu Line "Kawaramachi".

Bus Take the Kyoto city bus number 17, 4, 5 or 205. Get off at [Shijo Kawaramachi] Stop. It is 150m west from there.

Nishiki Market ( Known as Kyoto's Kitchen)

Nishiki Market (錦市場, Nishiki Ichiba) is a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specializes in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi.

Nishiki Market has a pleasant, but busy atmosphere that is inviting to those who want to explore the variety of culinary delights that Kyoto is famous for. The stores found throughout the market range in size from small narrow stalls to larger two story shops. Most specialize in a particular type of food, and almost everything sold at the market is locally produced and procured.

Some of the shops freely give out samples or sell sample dishes and skewers meant to be eaten then and there. There are also a few small restaurants and food stands selling ready made food. A few are sit down establishments, although some consist of no more than a couple of stools and a bar. They usually specialize in one type of food, and are often attached to a store of the same specialty.

The market has a history of several centuries, and many stores have been operated by the same families for generations. It all started as a fish wholesale district, with the first shop opening around 1310. A larger variety of shops moved in later, and the area changed from a wholesale market to retail. Today it remains an important market for Kyoto and is often packed with locals and tourists alike.

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Nishiki Market is a marketplace in downtown Kyoto, located on a road one block north and parallel to Shijō Street and west of Teramachi Street.

Address: Nishiki Koji-dori, Nakagyou-ku, Kyoto
Access: Subway: Shijo Station, 3 minute walk;
Hankyu-line: Karasuma Station, 3 minute

Kawaramachi Station, 4 minute walk;
Bus: Shijo Takakura, 2 minute walk;
Shijo Kawaramachi, 4 minute walk

Hours: Vary by shops. Approximately 9:00 - 17:00 (many close on Wednesday or Sunday)


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Nakagyo Ward
Renge Building 3F 507 Takoyakushi Shinkyougoku Nakagyou Kyoto Japan 604-8046
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