Ichijo Street is a shopping street haunted by numerous yokai-monsters, just south of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Ichijo Shopping Street is located in northern Kyoto, close to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and only a two-kilometer walk away from Kinkaku-ji Temple. But the easiest way to see the yokai-monsters is probably by taking the Randen tramline to the last station on the Kitano-Line, Kitano Hakubai-cho, and then walking toward the east from there for about six minutes. The shopping street of Taishogun was originally just a normal, traditional Japanese shopping street, but as traditional shopping streets in Japan are not doing that well lately, they decided to do something different. So now the shopping street is full of yokais, these Japanese monsters that are not necessarily evil, some of them are just mischievous.
Yokai’s guarding the shops
You can see all kinds of yokai monsters in front of the shops, all of them handmade. So naturally, some of them are crafted masterfully, while others look rather, well, not so well made.
This one is in front of a Japanese cookie, or sembei, shop called Saito. And the name of this yokai also seems to be Saito. He has a unique look on his face, and the cookies sold in the shop start at 100 yen, so why not take a picture of Saito and also buy some souvenirs from the cookie shop, Saito?
This ramen is the specialty of Inoue, a Japanese restaurant located on Yokai Street. The ramen noodles are violet and there is a piece of century egg on top of it, looking like an eyeball. The taste of the ramen itself is rather good! The black color of the soup comes from black sesame seeds. Closed on Tuesdays.
Korokke is a Japanese staple made out of meat and mashed potatoes. The origin of this dish is in the French croquette, but Japanese people have been enjoying their version for around a hundred years already. Yamada Deep-Fry Shop offers three different types of Yokai Korokkes, the matcha flavored green one, a red kimchi one, and a brown curry one with cheese in the middle. The breadcrumbs on all of these are black! Closed on Sundays.
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Ichijo Yokai Street / 一条妖怪ストリート
|Address||Ichijo Street, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture|
|Directions||A 6-minute walk east from Randen Kitano Hakubai-cho Station.|
|Open Hours||The hours change depending on the shop, but the office of Yokai Street is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.|
|Closed||Changes depending on the shop or restaurant.|
Free, unless you want to buy or eat something.
|Credit cards||Most shops don’t accept credit cards but there are exceptions.|
The people of the shops and restaurants may not speak English, but some of them have English menus and explanations in English and Chinese.
|Information||Japanese, partially also in English and Chinese.|
|Lanuages spoken||Mainly Japanese, though some shopkeepers may be able to speak some English.|