Spots in City Center Area

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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❗

  • 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...

  • 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.
  • Museum of Kyoto
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Sanjoutakakura
    This museum introduces the history and traditions of Kyoto via a variety of means, providing visitors with a comprehensive understanding of Kyoto culture. The permanent exhibit presents the history of Kyoto from the Heian period to the Showa period via three zones, with a focus on fascinating actual Kyoto artifacts such as cultural properties and costumes used in the Gion Festival. The multiple special exhibits held each year are also popular with visitors. The museum’s theater presents masterworks of film relating to Kyoto. The red brick Annex building, an Important Cultural Property constructed in 1906, was originally the Kyoto branch office of the Bank of Japan. The museum’s Roji Tempo area recreates an Edo period street lined with Kyoto merchants’ homes, and here visitors can enjoy dining and shopping at numerous restaurants and shops. Karasuma Oike Station is the closest station to the museum.
  • Mibu Onsen Hana no Yu
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Mibumatsubarachou 15-3
    Mibu Onsen Hana no Yu is a hot spring facility located in Kyoto's Nakagyo Ward. It has an open-air bath with water from the natural spring Hotaru no Yu in the town of Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture and a bath with skin-purifying properties from 1,300 meters underground that passes through the Hira Mountains, the Suzuka Mountains, and the former lakebed of Lake Biwa. Both of these baths are available to customers. A sauna with raised benches, a bath with carbonated water, and jet baths are just a few of the kinds of facilities that customers can enjoy. The onsite restaurant, Sakura-tei, makes its own highly regarded soba noodles out of pure buckwheat.

    This place is a very nice, local onsen and I was the only non-Japanese person there (as its in a quiet part of town). There is an outdoor and and indoor part and the place is very clean and the...

  • Kyukyodo
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    4.5
    34 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Teramachi Tsutomu Hanakoji Le Honno-ji Temple 520
    This venerable shop located in Teramachi in Kyoto City sells calligraphy supplies and incense and was founded in 1663. Originally opened as a pharmacy, the shop sold folk remedies; gradually, however, it came to sell incense and stationary. The shop sells Japanese and Western incenses in easy to use forms. The Japanese incense is made with natural ingredients according to a method unchanged since the days of the Heian dynasty. The Western incense is made primarily of perfumes and fragrances and is distinguished by its slightly florid scent. The shop sells some 10 thousand items, of which around four to five thousand are kept in ready stock at any one time.

    Amazing place for paper and writing goods, boxes, souvenirs, and for good range of incense products. recommended.

  • Shimogoryo Shrine
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    3.5
    38 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Teramachi Tsumarutacho Shimolu Shimoreimeimaecho
    "A one-minute walk from the ""Kawaramachi Marutamachi"" bus stop and a seven-minute walk from Marutamachi Station. This Shinto shrine can be reached by heading east from the Kyoto Imperial Palace on Marutamachi-dori Street and taking a left at Teramachi-dori Street. The shrine is believed to have been established in the early Heian period to enshrine Hasho Goryo. The shrine was moved to its current location in 1590 per the organization of shrines and temples implemented by the mighty samurai lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. During the Kankosai festival held from mid- to late May each year, a portable shrine and carriage called a ""shinkoretsu"" tour the area; on the festival eve the day before, the portable shrine is also excitingly carried by some 300 local elementary school students. During the Umenagomi festival in March, visitors can enjoy the sight of double-flowering plum trees blooming on the grounds."

    In Kyoto there are several shrines which are dedicated to revengeful sprites (Tenmangu for Sugawarano Michizane, Shiramine Shrine for Emperor Sutoku, etc.). This is one of them, and to distinguish it...

  • Honno-ji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Teramachi-dori Oimachiro Down Shimotsunagae-cho 522
    Located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, this is the head temple of Hokke Honmon Buddhism. The temple is famous as being the site where Oda Nobunaga was defeated by Akechi Mitsuhide. The temple was originally located at Horigawa Shijo, but was rebuilt at its current location by Toyotomi Hideyoshi after the Oda Nobunaga incident. A memorial tower stands on the grounds that is believed to have once housed Nobunaga’s longsword. In memory of the Nobunaga incident (June in 1582), the Nobunaga Festival is held each year at the temple on the first Saturday and Sunday of June.
  • Kamogawa River
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Ohashichou Sanjo Ohashi Bottom
    This river flows about 23 kilometers through Kyoto City. In spring and summer, restaurants along its west bank open a riverside dining area called the Noryo-yuka which is a sign of the season in Kyoto. The river's a well-known walking course, and it's a popular spot with locals and tourists alike for a relaxing stroll.
  • Nijo Jinya (Ogawa Residence)
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Omiya-dori Oike Sagaru Sanboomiyacho 137
    This old manor belonged to a wealthy merchant in the Edo period, and served as lodging for Daimyos who came to visit Kyoto and didn't have manors of their own. The outside walls are earthen to prevent fires, and the ceilings have mushakakushi warrior hiding spaces, as well as hanging stairs, hidden stairs, and other anti-enemy fittings. Tours require reservations.

    Nijo Jinya was a traditional house during samurai period and had been converted into an inn for residing and viewing by visitors. Nonetheless during our visit there by early April, we were a bit...

  • Inoda Coffee main shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Sakaicho-dori Sanjo Down Le Dogusa cho 140
    A venerable coffee shop located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture that was established in 1940. Outside, the shop looks like a Kyoto merchant’s house; inside, the Western-style, retro atmosphere resembles the lounge of a high-class hotel and looks like a scene out of a movie. The fragrant, nel drip brewed coffee is a point of pride for the café. On request, the shop’s popular Arabian Pearl blend can be served with the perfect amount of sugar and milk. Open from 7 am, the Kyoto Breakfast served until 11 is one of the shop’s specialties and attracts many a repeat customer.
  • Takenobu Inari-jinja Shrine
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Sanjouomiya West two steps down
    Takenobu Inari-jinja Shrine is located a five-minute walk from Omiya Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Main Line in Kyoto's Nakagyo Ward. Uga-no-Mitamawa-no-Okami is the principal god enshrined there. Its fame as a shrine for everything having to do with names, from naming children to telling fortunes based on a person's name, draws many visitors from far and wide. In addition, girls and women who visit may enjoy paying to dress as and experience the life of a miko (shrine maiden) for a brief time.

    It is a great place but it is hard to take photos without any people in it. Climbing the mountain is a good challenge and the view is fantastic up there.

  • Sanjo-ohashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Nakajimachou Ohashi Town Higashiyama ku
    This bridge is in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. It was the westernmost of the 53 stages of the Tokaido Highway, one of the Gokaido, or five main roads during the Edo period. Today the bridge is made of concrete and consists of two traffic lanes and a sidewalk. Beside the bridge there are statues of Yajirobei and Kitahachi, the main characters from Tokaidochu Hizakurige (Sahnk's Mare). There's also an ekiden monument marking the spot that was the start of Japan's first ekiden relay walking race.
  • Ippodo Tea (Kyoto flagship shop)
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    4.5
    76 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Teramachi-dori Nijo Le Ru
    A venerable Japanese tea specialty shop founded in 1717 facing Teramach-dori Street in Kyoto City. The shop mainly carries renowned Kyoto teas characterized by a delicate fragrance, refined sweetness, and mild flavor. From teas which require a whisk and teapot to teabags, the shop carries a wide array of products, and customers can taste before they buy. The shop also provides a takeout service, making it the perfect place to stop by while strolling along Teramachi-dori Street of the Kamo River on a sunny day. You can also enjoy making your own tea in the adjoining Kaboku tea room.

    For tea lovers this is the place to go. You can experience a wide range of excellent teas and have them prepared in traditional styles. Their staff is very gracious and friendly. You can sit in or...

  • Kyoto Orthodox Church (Kyoto Cathedral of the Annunciation)
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Yanagi Baba Tousu Nijo climb 6-283
    The Kyoto Eastern Orthodox Church is located in a quiet residential area coming out of Yanaginobanba-dori Street from Oike-dori Street. As the center for the propagation of the Greek Orthodox Church across western Japan it was completed in 1903 and as a genuine Russian / Byzantine construction church it is has been designated one of Kyoto’s Important Cultural Properties. The highlight is the cathedral’s iconostasis inlayed with 30 icons made in the era of the Russian Empire. However, to see it one must arrange in advance.

    This 100 years building, located on Yanaginobanba Street, is an Orthodox Church, which is not common in Japan. So, it is quite appealing. By making a previous arrangement, you can visit the...

  • Sanjo-Honke Misuyabari
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Sanjodori Kawaramachi Nishi Iru
    A needle specialty shop with a large signboard announcing its location on Sanjo-dori Street just off of Kawaramachi-dori Street. The store itself is just along a narrow alley. Misuyabari needles, created as if they were little katana swords, are set apart by the lack of resistance you'll feel when sewing. By adding a small angle to the tip of the needle too small to be seen with the naked eye as well as vertical streaks during the polishing process they create needles that pass through the fabric without cutting the threads. It's also fun to look at their array of needles that you wouldn't normally see including American needles, silk needles, and pongee needles.

    It may be a little difficult to find actually being behind the arcade shops in its own private courtyard. This shop is famous among embroiderers after fine quality handmade needles. The shop has...

  • Honke Owariya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Kurumayachou Junichiro Niro
    Honke Owariya is a soba (buckwheat) confectionery shop located north of Kurumayacho-dori Street from Karasuma Oike Station. It has a long history dating back from the Muromachi period, and in 1465 moved from Owari to Kyoto as a confectionery shop. The shop is built with a charming wooden construction from the early Meiji period, and as it is in a place removed from the hustle and bustle one can enjoy a relaxing moment here. The signature dishes are “Hourai  Soba” made in the spirit of “buckwheat is a fortuitous food” and “Soba Mochi” which is a sweet made with soba flour.
  • Wajo Ryomen Sugari
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Kannondouchou 471-1
    Wajo Ryomen Sugari, about two minutes' walk from Shijo Station on the Kyoto Metro Karasuma Line, serves a much-talked-about tsukemen (noodles with dipping sauce). The restaurant looks like an insignificant traditional machiya-style house from the outside, but inside, it has spacious counter seating. Whole wheat noodles, good sources of vitamins and dietary fiber, are dipped in savory broth made with pork bones and seafood and no chemical additives. The concept underlying the restaurant is three benefits. The use of natural ingredients insures peace of mind, safety, and cleanliness, so it benefits the buyer. Warm-hearted customer service benefits the seller. Rehabilitating an old machiya townhouse benefits the community.

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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