Kawaramachi is one of the busiest districts of Kyoto. There is no end to the charm of Kawaramachi by Shijo-dori Street and Gion with Yasaka Shrine and Hanamikoji Street, and these areas are full of shops from souvenirs to places popular with the locals. I’m going to tell you how to fully and efficiently enjoy this area in a day, from the perspective of a Sharing Kyoto writer!
The start of our Kyoto shopping tour is from the lively street of Shijo-dori! We got off at subway Shijo Station and are now heading straight east. There are many famous Japanese department stores by Shijo-dori Street. Let’s stop by these department stores while we head for Kawaramachi!
Daimaru is so famous in Japan that many people think of Daimaru when they hear the word department store. Daimaru’s Kyoto store is directly connected with subway Shijo Station so going there is really easy! A shopping trip to Kyoto has to start with Daimaru.
The first floor is cosmetics, the second floor is fancy brands, and so just looking at all these clothes makes you excited!
If you go to a department store, you of course have to also go see the “depachika” deli floor in the basement. Daimaru’s Kyoto store also has a “Gochiso Paradise” in the basement, where they sell delicious food, bread, and Kyoto’s traditional Japanese sweets among other things. The place is worth a see even if you just pop by for a minute, so I hope you will go see the basement too if you go to a department store.
After shopping at Daimaru Kyoto, you want to head to Fujii Daimaru a 5-minute walk away.
The shops inside Fujii Daimaru are mainly “select shops” and apparel brands popular with twenty- and thirty-somethings. The stores are always lively with friends who have come shopping together and couples. By the way, Daimaru Kyoto and Fujii Daimaru have very similar names but they seem to have no other connection. Daimaru Kyoto is aimed at families and is more expensive, whereas Fujii Daimaru is more casual and aimed at younger people.
After leaving Fujii Daimaru behind, when you head east you will get to a big intersection. In this corner you can see Takashimaya. Takashimaya is one of the most famous department stores of Japan, around neck and neck with Daimaru.
The old established department store of Takashimaya has always been loved by the people of Kyoto. Inside the department store you can also find the old established Japanese sweets café of Tsukigase where you can have a break if you get tired.
|Shiho[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]|