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Teramachi Street


Mix sightseeing and shopping on Kyoto’s Teramachi Street

One of Kyoto’s best-known and most picturesque roads, Teramachi Street offers a combination of the city’s beautiful architecture with upscale shopping.
The main section of the street runs approximately 1.5 kilometres from Kyoto’s Imperial Palace in the north to Kawaramachi Station in the south.
The southern section of Teramachi Street runs parallel to the busy covered arcade in Shinkyogoku Street, but the northern part, above Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station, is home to many upmarket art galleries, crafts stores and antique stores specialising in items from both Japan and Europe.
Just south of the Imperial Palace on Teramachi Street, Ryushido deals in artisan calligraphy supplies, including paper, brushes and inks.
Crafts and artwork produced by Japanese artists are on display and available to buy at Gallery Hitamuki, just north of Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station.
The traditional Japanese architecture and range of items on display along Teramachi Street make for an enjoyable time window shopping even if you're not looking to buy.


  • Teramachi-dori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station (Tozai Line) is the closest subway stop to the northern section of Teramachi Street. After exiting the station, the street to the west of the City Hall building is Teramachi Street. If you would prefer a longer walk, you can alight at Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Kyoto Line). Exit 9 will bring out 1 block east of Teramachi Street.