The Shijo Kawaramachi intersection is Kyoto’s busiest shopping district. The opulent Takashimaya department store is located on the south west corner on Shijo opposite Kyoto Marui department store (which replaced Hankyu department store) on the south east corner. The Koto+ (Koto Cross) mall with mainly ladies’ fashion is across Shijo on the north east corner. Daimaru department store is located a little way to the west on the south side of Shijo.
Takashimaya is the queen of Kyoto’s department stores and has a wonderful food hall in the basement, a selection of fine restaurants on the seventh floor and Japanese and imported brands including Issey Miyake, Burberry, Chanel, Shiseido, Prada and Louis Vuitton. Kyoto kimono are on the 5th floor.
Marui has six floors with a food hall in the basement. Stores are mainly women’s and men’s fashions.
Fujii Daimaru has seven floors with a food hall in the basement. Brands are aimed at the younger crowd and include Adidas, Beams, Birkenstock, Comme des Garçons, Crocs, Fred Perry, Katharine Hamnett, Paul Smith, Ugg, Vivienne Westwood and The North Face.
Also along Shijo Street west towards Karasuma Station are Louis Vuitton and Armani stores. Heading east from the Marui department store across the Kamo River towards the Minamiza Theater, Yasaka Shrine and Gion the shops are more traditional including tradional Japanese bags, tabi and geta, reflecting the area’s association with geisha.
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