Spots in Kawaramachi / Shijokarasuma Area

  • Nijojo Castle
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    4.5
    6976 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto City Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Nijyotoru Horikawa Western Nishi Nijo Castle Town 541
    This fortification was built in 1603 to lodge Tokugawa Ieyasu when he travelled to the capital after his victory at the Battle of Sekigahara. Later, the site was significantly renovated by the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, resulting in its present form. In addition to the entire grounds being a nationally designated Historic Site, the site is dotted with numerous historically valuable structures and beautiful sights, including the Ninomaru Palace, the outer citadel palace (a National Treasure), Honmaru Palace, the inner citadel palace (an Important Cultural Property), and Ninomaru Garden, the outer citadel palace garden (a Special Place of Scenic Beauty).

    The palace was not open due to the New Year holidays but the garden was open. Most of the buildings were being renovated anyways so we wouldn’t have been able to go inside. It would be worth visiting...

  • Nishiki Market
    Shopping
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Nishiki Koji Road Teramachi Takakura
    A shopping arcade filled with shops extending from Nishiki Tenman-gu Shrine one block north of Shijo Street to Karasuma-dori Avenue. Some 400 years have passed since the area was granted the title of fish wholesaler by the Edo shogunate government in 1615, and the arcade is also known as the “Kitchen of Kyoto.” Roughly 390 meters long, a variety of restaurants, cafes, and knickknack shops, and grocery stores line the arcade selling seasonal fresh fish and Kyoto vegetables, Kyoto pickles, tsukudani foods preserved in soy sauce, dried goods, tofu, cookware, and tableware.
  • Kyoto Aquarium
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    4.0
    538 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Kankijichou 35-1 (in Umekoji Park)
    An aquarium a 15 minute walk west from the Chuo exit at Kyoto Station which first opened in 2012. In addition to exhibits presenting the creatures living in the sea near Kyoto, the aquarium also has exhibits recreating the environments of the Kamogawa River and Yura River and the terraced rice fields and water channels at the foot of Kyoto’s mountains. The facility also strives to aid in environmental conservation through such activities as breeding endangered species living in Kyoto and making use of solar power.

    This aquarium has less to see than the Osaka one. However, they have a dolphin show called La La Fin Circus. It was all in Japanese so it was hard for the kids to understand what they were...

  • Shosei-en Garden
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    4.5
    240 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shimogyo-ku, Shima-nakaya-cho Toyonokono cho, Toyotami-cho
    This garden is located in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto. An enclave of Higashi Honganji Temple, known as Ohigashi-san, it was designed by Ishikawa Jozan. You can enjoy the scenery of the four seasons, with irises and water lilies in the summer, and the changing color of leaves in the autumn. Because karatachi (Japanese bitter-orange) trees are planted around it, the garden is also known as Kikoku-tei (house of karatachi).

    Shosei-en is an island of tranquillity in the busy heart of Kyoto. Not just from the traffic but also the crowds. Not many people visit. It has some nice features but its landscaping is more low key...

  • Kyoto Station Building
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Karasumaru Saltwater Road Down Le Higashi Salokoji-machi 901
    This is a large station building with 16 floors over and three floors underground that houses JR Kyoto Station - the entrance to Kyoto. Along with Kyoto Station itself there are a range of facilities including Hotel Granvia Kyoto, Kyoto Theater, Isetan department store, specialist shops, an art gallery, a rooftop garden, and Kyoto ramen alley. The central concourse is a roof-covered atrium, and there is a sky path 45 meters above ground. The famous 30-meter-long 171-step staircase is illuminated at night.

    たこ焼きを食べました。外はカリッと、中はふんわりしている生地でした。ぷりぷりのタコがはいっていておいしかった。

  • Nishiki Tenman-gu Shrine
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    4.0
    238 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nakagyo-ku Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Shinkyogoku communication Nishikikoji
    A Shinto shrine located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City dedicated to the Tenman-Tenjin (Sugawara no Michizane). The shrine is located on the eastern edge of Nishiki Market, considered the “Kitchen of Kyoto,” and attracts worshipers seeking to be blessed by the god of wisdom, scholarship, and business acumen, as well as good luck, warding from evil, and prevention of disaster. There is a mikuji (fortune slip) vending machine called Karakuri mikuji in front of the shrine office – insert a coin and select the type of fortune you would like to receive and the lion-dog statue in the machine will dance to kagura music until your slip is issued. The shrine’s ground span some 660 square meters and contain a spring called the Nishiki no Mizu whose waters remain a cool 18 degrees Celsius even in the middle of summer; many visitors come here just to taste these famous Kyoto waters.

    This small shrine in the shopping district of Kyoto is hard to miss if youre on the shopping trail. It is a very nicely maintained small shrine just of Shinkyogoku.

  • Umekoji Park
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    4.0
    128 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Kankijichou 56-3
    A park located on the former site of the Japan Freight Railway Company Umekoji Station that was built to commemorate the 1,200th anniversary of the foundation of Heiankyo, the ancient capital of Japan. The parks spacious 13.7 hectare grounds include a lawn surrounded by flowers and trees, a riverbed where families can play in the shallow waters, and a forest designed to recreate an animal biotope. The park is also used for a variety of events. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, a nostalgic street car operates in the park between the Hazesaku Yume and Shiden plazas. Kyoto’s first aquarium was opened in the park in 2012, and one of the largest railroad museums in Japan was also opened here in 2016. Walk 15 minutes west from Kyoto Station.

    Local Park, they do like a local market every once in a while, which was incredible. Also has the train history area and the garden within it which is absolutely gorgeous. Loved just walking through...

  • Kyoto Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Karasuma through seven under article le Higashishiokoji-cho 721-1
    A 131-meter-tall tower located in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. Visitors can gaze out over a 360-degree panorama of the streets of the ancient capital of Kyoto from the observation deck 100 meters above the ground. “Tawawa-chan Shrine,” the tower’s cute shrine-cum-mascot, can also be found in the observation deck. The building at the tower’s base contains a hotel, café, restaurants, and sky lounge. There’s also a day trip bath house which opens at 7 am and which is popular with travelers arriving via the night bus. (Note: Due to remodeling, the shops on the first floor are scheduled to be closed until spring 2017.)
  • Kyoto Takabashi Honke Daiichi Asahi
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    4.5
    600 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Higashishiokoujimukaihatachou 845
    "A five-minute walk from Kyoto Station. This ramen restaurant is located a short distance south of the Takakura-dori Street and Shiokoji-dori Street intersection and is open from 5:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. the following morning. So popular lines of customers form outside its door from early in the morning, this long-standing establishment has been in business for more than 50 years. Particularly recommended is the ""Tokusei Ramen"" as well as the menma boiled bamboo shoots ramen, chashu sliced roast pork ramen, yakiton grilled pork, and gyoza pot stickers. The restaurant also offers a reasonably priced student discount ramen for people of high school age and younger. The restaurant's ramen is available for takeout and can also be ordered shipped from the official website."

    It is a famous Ramen restaurant in Kyoto, and to enter inside I had to wait for a while in line. However, I found their Ramen as just average. It is of course not bad. But maybe it doesn’t deserve...

  • Kyoto Railway Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Kankijichou
    A museum dedicated to railways located on the western side of Kyoto Station. The museum features some 31 thousand square meters of exhibition space, which was the largest in Japan when the facility first opened. The facility displays 53 trains which helped lead the modernization of Japan. The museum is full of other interesting sights and activities, as well, including a giant railroad diorama, a train which visitors can ride pulled by a real steam engine, and a train simulator which shows what it's like to drive a train. The museum also provides a variety of cultural activities such as guided tours and workshops conducted by JR West Japan employees. Walk 20 minutes west from the central entrance of JR Kyoto Station.
  • The Cube
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    4.0
    75 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Ward, Karasuma-dori Saltwater Road Down Le Higashi Salinkocho Town 901 Kyoto Station Building
    A shopping mall located inside the Kyoto Station building offering fashionable apparel, gourmet foods, and Kyoto souvenirs. Comprised of the B2 fashion floor, B1 Kyoto souvenir and goods floor, first floor Kyoto sweets floor, and 11th floor restaurant street, the facility is connected directly to Kyoto Station, which serves a variety of JR train lines.

    The Cube, large center, was linked with JR Kyoto Station should be regarded as the hub of activities for visitors both local and overseas when they traveled to Kyoto. It was large and pleasant to...

  • Takashimaya Kyoto Store
    Shopping
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shirokyo-ku Shijyodo Kawaramachi Nishinomicho 52
    Takashimaya Kyoto Store is a department store located in the Kawara-machi area of the city. In addition to the usual fashions and food, it contains an art gallery and an arts and crafts salon. It was reopened after remodeling in 2006. The so-called dining garden, Kyo Kairo, located on the seventh floor, offers a wide selection of eating and drinking establishments, built in the modern Japanese style typical of Kyoto.
  • Daimaru (Kyoto Branch)
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Shijyodong Takakura Nishi Into Shichisho-cho 79
    This veteran department store is located one minute on foot from Karasuma Station on Hankyu Railway's Kyoto Line in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City. It has an array of shops, including those lining the Special Fashion Floor and the Dining Paradise area. Their Daimaru Museum holds exhibits and other events. They also have a popular wedding plan done in collaboration with a famous hotel.

    京都駅周辺はデパートも混雑していますが、河原町周辺は観光客をすこーし目引いて混雑予想できます。昼なら混雑少なく購入しました‼焼き菓子は手土産に最高❗

  • Nishi Hongan-ji Temple
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Horikawa Nagaya-machi Town Down
    The head temple of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji sect of Buddhism believed to have originally been built as the mausoleum of the priest Shinran Shonin in 1272. After repeated relocations including Osaka and Wakayama, the temple was moved to its current location in 1591 with a donation from Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1591. The Nishi Hongwanji Temple (officially Ryukokuzan Hongwanji Temple) is the site of numerous Azuchi-Momoyama period structures designated National Treasures, including the Goei-do hall, Amidado-hall, the Kitano Stage (Japan’s oldest Noh stage), and study. The study’s garden is a traditional dry landscape garden and is designated a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. In 1995, the entire grounds of the shrine were registered as part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” World Heritage listing.

    料理と云っても簡単なものばかりで別に割烹や会席料理がメニューにある訳ではありません。が、カレーライスにしてもピラフにしてもここで食べると「それなりに」美味しいから不思議。落ち着いた雰囲気で座席もゆったり、店員のお嬢さん方の動きもゆ-たり・・・静かなひと時を楽しめる場所です。隣接していろいろな仏教関係や本願寺関係のショップがあります。明らかに本願寺関係の人(ひょっとして僧侶?)も一緒に食事出来る場所...

  • JR Kyoto Isetan
    Shopping
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Karasumaru Saltwater Road Down Le Higashi Salinkochi Town
    A department store connected directly to Kyoto Station. The basement food sales area is host to a variety of shops selling bento box lunches and sweets. There is also a restaurant street on the top floor and a variety of “open view” restaurants from the 7th to the 10th floor giving diners the chance to enjoy super views of Kyoto from large windows installed in the building.
  • Pokémon Center Kyoto
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku 4 Jodori Muromachi Higashiiri Kankobokocho 78 Kyoto Economic Affairs Center SUINA Muromachi 2F

    If you need a stuffed toy Pokémon, you’ll get it here. Also bags, jewelry, socks, phone covers, cosmetics, t-shirts and whatnot.. A Pikachu stuffed toy in Japanese clothing is a nice souvenir for a...

  • Shinsengumi Mibu Tonjo Kyuseki Yagi Family
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Mibunaginomiyachou 24
    This is the old residence of the Yagi family in Mibu village. The residence was the Mibu Tonsho or headquarters of the Shinsengumi shogunate police and the place of origin of this force. It was the place of the Serizawa Kamo assassination and even today the sign of a sword cut remains in the lintel. It is possible to see inside the building. One can also enjoy matcha and Tonsho mochi rice cakes.

    For anyone who is a fan of the stories that abound around the Shinsengumi, that militia that terrorised Kyoto during the Bakamutsu period at the end of the Edo era, this place is a must see. Its...

  • Ryukoku University Ryukoku Museum
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shirokyo-ku Horikawa Dori Front (Nishihonganji Temple in front)
    Ryukoku Museum is dedicated to Buddhism and based on the research of Ryukoku University. Visitors learn about Buddhist thought, history, and culture through easy to understand displays of authentic items. In addition, their special theme-based exhibitions and planned exhibitions held a few times a year are always interesting. The museum's first floor cafe and shop can be used without visiting the museum itself.

    We decided to stop at this Museum as it started to rain very hard after our visit of the Nishi Hongwangi Temple ( on the other side of the street ) .Lots of children around taking classes and...

  • Kyoto International Manga Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Karasuma-ku Ikegami Le, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
    This manga museum in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto, is Japan's largest manga museum. It first opened in 2006. Including valuable works from the Meiji period and the post-WWII period as well as popular modern titles and foreign works, they have almost 300,000 pieces in their collection. One of their showcases is a ''Manga Wall'' with 50,000 volumes of manga arrayed on bookcases that visitors can freely read. The spacious building is the former Tatsuike Elementary School and people can be found everywhere inside or outside on the lawn reading manga. This is a popular location for foreign tourists and couples.
  • Kyoto BAL
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachi-dori Sanjo Shimuru Yamazaki-cho 251
    This building of fashion that opened in 1970 is located on Kawaramachi-dori Street in Kyoto’s shopping district and reopened in 2015 after being remodeled. The luxurious space has broad aisles so visitors with a large amount of luggage can shop with ease. Not only are there fashion-related stores, interior furnishings, books, miscellaneous goods, cosmetics and a café, a cluster of top brands, including some which have opened their first stores in Japan or first stores in the Kansai region here. Day after day it is visited by many shoppers which have made it a place that starts many of Kyoto’s fashion trends. The closest station is Kawaramachi Station.

    Kyoto Bal is a shopping facility on Kawaramachi Avenue. As the majority of its tenants are fashionable boutiques of high standard, it is not really my place. However, I sometimes go there, because...

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