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One Great Street: Teramachi-dori

Article by Chaney Kwak 06.16.2016 Illustrations by Julia Rothman

The historic thoroughfare of Teramachi-dori is lined with sophisticated galleries, old-time bookshops and cool clothiers. Stroll the stretch between Shijo and Sanjo streets to find an eclectic mix of high-street brands and centuries-old businesses.

Teramachi Dori Street in Kyoto


  • Kamiji Kakimoto: Pick up kizukigami, paper handmade from tree bark, and colorful washi paper, some specifically made for printers.
  • Kyoto Antique Center: (Teramachi Nijo agaru) This cluster of vintage shops brings together curiosities and historic artifacts like netsuke, miniature sculptures traditionally hung from cords on a kimono sash.
  • Unsodo has been sharing the art of woodblock printing and old-fashioned bookbinding with paper lovers since 1891.
  • Kyukyodo: A calligraphy supply specialist with a rich incense selection and super kawaii (cute) stationery made with traditional paper.


  • Ippodo: Taste the subtle flavors and terroirs of green tea at this atmospheric spot.
  • Kameya Yoshinaga: This fifth-generation confectionery is famous for its delicate rice cakes.
  • Smart Coffee: Inside the Teramachi Shopping Arcade, you’ll find this retro-cool kissaten, a Japanese-style café serving egg sandwiches and custardy hotcakes since 1932.
  •  Mishima Tei: For sukiyaki, the sweet stew cooked in a hot pot, this is the destination.


  • Honnoji Temple: Across from City Hall, this temple promises an hour of contemplation.


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