Shopping in Kyoto

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Shopping in Kyoto

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  • izyphotos
    Mascot, Australia705 contributions
    Running between Teramachi and Shinmachi, one block north of Shijo, Nishiki Market is Kyoto’s largest traditional food market. The market is covered and runs for 6 blocks (400 meters) parallel to Shijo-Dori, a major shopping street in central Kyoto. While modern food shops and souvenir shops are starting to move in, there are still enough traditional shops to give you a glimpse of what a traditional shotengai (shopping street) must have looked like. There is colour and culture and it is a must do while in Kyoto just to experience it.
    The far (eastern) end of the market is opposite Nishiki Tenman-gu shrine.
    Written January 7, 2022
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  • Guillaume A
    Shizuoka, Japan479 contributions
    The design of the building is impressive and beautiful, especially inside. It's also very big. Like any other big train stations in Japan, it's a huge shopping mall with department store many souvenir stores, restaurants and a hotel also
    Written November 28, 2021
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  • William S
    Kobe, Japan1,176 contributions
    We've made this walk many times over the years and enjoy the trip. The walkway is unique in itself and leads to a wonderful temple. There are many shops and restaurants some of which are just souvenirs while others have unique crafts. We've only ever had snacks along the route - rice crackers, ice cream and tea - but there are many options. If it is really crowded I'd suggest staying away. If it is just busy then it's a great walk.
    Written February 28, 2020
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  • Della G
    Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
    Great shopping arcade undercover. Interesting little shops to browse through. Lots of food samples and tasty Japanese skewered food and snacks. Weekends are a bit crowded and you could lose a family member, if they are not following closeby. Best to have a meeting place in case you get separated. Interesting shopping experience.
    Written August 11, 2020
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  • Cityslicker561
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL240 contributions
    This is a nice size mall connected to the underground. It has a variety of stores with reasonable prices. There's even a place to get a foot massage (after long day of shopping). We found interesting Japanese only gifts for friends/family and prices were very reasonable. All salespeople were very helpful and went out of their way to assist.
    Written March 5, 2020
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  • Otfd1
    Wollongong, Australia29 contributions
    My wife was a little disappointed. She was hoping for fabric she couldn't get at home in Australia. Nothing extraordinary.
    Written November 24, 2019
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  • marmie1a
    Crown Point, IN219 contributions
    It was actually pouring down rain the day we went to this flea market but we still had a great time. There were tons of booths with lots of interesting and different things to purchase at a reasonable price. There were also lots of food booths.
    Written November 12, 2019
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  • JameAndDare
    Woodstock, Canada3,930 contributions
    This is located underneath the Kyoto Station Building, however we went out the station building and down another entrance to get into Porta. This place is just huge, with all of the city transport coming together in one place. It's madness. Once you get down to porta though, it is easier to find your way around and grab some food.
    We ate at a place called Japanese Bowl Cafe and it was fantastic! Great food, reasonable price, and we got to sit and rest our feet for awhile.
    I think it's open daily until about 8:30 pm, but we went for lunch.
    Written September 14, 2019
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  • I love travel
    Salt Lake City, UT1,087 contributions
    This place is huge. It's a hub of activity. The subway, shopping, food, escalators. Fun way to spend a couple of hours.
    Written December 6, 2019
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  • islanderbob
    Las Vegas, NV216 contributions
    Excellent salon de thé .Great shave ice dessert with lemon meringue.
    Tea service was great and mochi desserts as well. great location in the Gion district.
    enjoy:)
    Written July 2, 2019
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  • Linda K
    Port Saint Lucie, FL2,354 contributions
    The store is elegant and actually appears to be a composite of several different stores under one roof. Should you need/want books in English, head to the two-story bookstore on the two lowest levels.
    Written August 11, 2019
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  • Melanie E
    Canada1,860 contributions
    I found this handy food court located on B1F after a long day sightseeing. I wanted something quick, inexpensive and tasty.

    After scanning the various food places, I chose the sushi place. They had takeout or sit at the counter. There was a rotating table with assorted coloured dishes, each dish representing a certain price. I highly recommend the duck sirloin sushi.

    There was also a popular bubble tea shop. There was a picture of various drinks you can order as the server didn’t speak English.

    A great place to satisfy everyone’s varying appetite and thirst. There are plenty of tables to sit down and enjoy your meal. It’s across the street from Kyoto train station.

    Kyoto Tower is located above.
    Written June 23, 2019
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  • maryyeo
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1,614 contributions
    Being a major train station's mall, Miyakomichi + Asty Road mall is extremely easy to navigate because it is small, linear and has the right retail mix i.e. shops suitable for travelers and busy office workers. Great for souvenir shopping because they have almost all categories of souvenirs on this one little "street", thus no time wasted here compared to shopping at the large department stores nearby where you'll have to search around for the right products.

    Here are the shops that bring comfort and convenience:

    - MacDonald's right at the beginning of this linear mall is great for tourists who simply need some familiar foods
    - Hoshino cafe is the second shop selling famously fluffy pancakes which customers are queuing hours for at its Singapore's branch
    - Bell mart and another large supermarket which has surprisingly good prices for a wide variety of cooked foods. It was always packed with local office workers buying lunches/dinner home.
    - A classy book store was awesome for stationery and book lovers.
    - Uniqlo and some smaller apparel shops.
    - So many restaurants but we didn't know which are good. There's a Chinese restaurant at the end though. They also have the locally famous 551 Horai meat bun/ siew mai/ Chinese food chain.
    - Shops selling three main kinds of souvenirs:
    1) Craft souvenirs + pre-packaged food souvenirs
    2) Freshly made food souvenirs
    3) Beauty/medicinal products at pharmacies like "Watsons"

    Miyakomichi + Asty Road are two malls separated only by an open area in between that allows commuters to take an escalator up to the Kintetsu train station. Don't really know the difference between the two malls since they just seem like one continuous stretch of shops. Perhaps Miyakomochi feels like it has more higher end restaurants and shops versus Asty Road. But honestly, feels about the same.
    Written July 4, 2019
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  • n111er
    Kyoto, Japan149 contributions
    There is a takeout food shop called, Brand New Laboratory Kouzi in this facility. You can try Japanese taste at this store. I think you can eat in the building, but you can also take out too. You can also buy other Japanese gifts at the store. It is a very stylish atmosphere! お土産も買えて軽食もできる清潔感のある施設です。 その中に Brand New Laboratory Kouzi というお店があったのですが、ちょっと食べてみたいな。 という軽食があっておすすめです。 
    Written September 26, 2018
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  • Bexy1977
    Huddersfield, UK779 contributions
    Great little collection of food and drink stalls with a very chilled vibe.

    Although the stalls aren't the cheapest, the casual informal layout and seating with an open fire at the end lends itself to the cool atmosphere.

    We'll worth a wonder around and a drink or two.
    Written November 8, 2019
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