For the many of us, department stores and malls are a must see landmarks and the favourite sightseeing activity on our travels, with all due respect to the cultural & natural values of the country. Kyoto has it’s fair share of the shopping malls & department stores you can spend exploring pretty much all throughout your stay. Here we will highlight the best ones.
Downtown eight – stories Kyoto giant has various shopping options under one roof. Expertly curated mix of women’s clothing on 1th, 3nd and 4th floor, with “Salon le Chic” for career woman on the 2nd floor, men’s wear on the 4th floor, children, sports and kimono on the 5th floor and lifestyle & art on the 6th floor. The base and top floors are naturally reserved for gastronomy, bars & restaurants. From BABY GAP to BVLGARI & YVES SAINT LAURENT, you will find all the major designer brands here, more high-end than budget.
Address: 52 Shincho, Shijo-dori, Kawaramachi Nishi iru, Shimogyo-ku Web: https://www.takashimaya.co.jp
Located 2 min from the Shi-jyo station, downtown Kyoto, Daimaru has items at every price range from 1th to 6th floor of fashion, 7th furniture, hobbies, gifts and food feast / paradise on the ground floors. Second floor is a luxurious, mesmerising shopping heaven with the names of Prada and Chanel, Shiseido & Clinique on the cosmetics department, and it is difficult to go on, so let’s mention middle range and budget options of the popular Banana Republic, Sisley and many, many more.
〒600-851179 Shijo Street Takakura Nishiiri Tachiurinishimachi, Shimogyo-ku, Web: https://www.daimaru.co.jp.e.md.hp.transer.com/kyoto/
High – end department store is located inside JR Kyoto station building. Its whooping 13 floors accommodate all relevant international and domestic designer brands. If you need help in finding that perfect fit, gift or accessory, product specialists will be keen to guide you along. Worth a mention are two food floors at the basement. Even if shopping here doesn’t tempt you due to the prices, you could still explore and take in the feel of this quintessential option, or simply nibble through the food floors, the offer is delicious.
Address: Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Karasuma-dori, Shiokoji sagaru, Shimogyo-ku Web:http://kyoto.wjr-isetan.co.jp/index.html
Located near Kyoto station Aeon is a five – level mall offering just about everything you’d expect from a mall, including a game center. Open 7 days a week from 10 am till 9 pm for the shops and 10 pm for the restaurants, food court and Kohyo supermarket. Reasonable prices, budget to middle – range, lot’s of entertainment facilities and famous 100-yen shop Daiso with over 140 different shops should keep you busy for a day.
Address: 1 Nishikujo Toriiguchicho, Minami-ku, Shimogyo, Kyoto 601-8417, Kyoto Web: http://kyoto-aeonmall.com/
Underground shopping mall is conveniently located under the Kyoto bus station. Apart from a large selection of inexpensive restaurants this is a popular tourist mall for clothes, cosmetics, souvenirs and accessories. Not many familiar names here, but still a fine selection of budget products. Closes a bit earlier that the rest in Kyoto, but this is a very practical stop for a quick bite, travellers shopping or unmistakable Caffe Mocha at Starbucks.
Address: 902 Higashishiokojimachi Karasumadori Shiokouji Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku Web: http://www.porta.co.jp/
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