The best shopping malls and department stores in Kyoto are found clustered close together along the main shopping street of Karasuma Dori. Take the subway to Karasuma Station or Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station and it’s easy to walk along the sheltered sidewalk from one to the other in any weather.  

    You’ll find an incredible array of items in Kyoto shopping malls, including fashion, sportswear, home furnishings, cosmetics, and excellent food – both groceries and freshly prepared. Kyoto shopping malls stock the best Japanese brands as well as premium products from Europe, U.S. and beyond, meaning you can find just about anything you might need. If you’re buying a gift for a loved one, be sure to tell the staff as most malls offer a wrapping service, complete with pretty little bow.  


    AEON Mall Kyoto

    Gleaming modern mall for shopping and entertainment 

    AEON Mall Kyoto is home to lots of major Japanese brands, from stylish clothes stores like Uniqlo and Mamaikuko to well-known homeware brand Muji. You can browse the latest fashion trends at big international stores like Tommy Hilfiger, Gap and Montbell, or hunt down a bargain at Daiso, a 100-yen store filled with toys, gifts, and bric-a-brac.

    Head to AEON Mall’s downstairs supermarket to stock up on snacks or supplies for a picnic. There are plenty of restaurants and a food court, where you can enjoy bibimbap (Korean mixed rice), Indian curry, barbecued pork ribs, Japanese noodles, and ice cream. The shopping mall has an onsite cinema showing the latest Japanese and international films, as well as a games arcade with video games, prize machines, and a fun photo booth.   

    Location: AEON Mall KYOTO, 1 Nishikujō Toriiguchichō, Minami Ward, Kyoto, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)75-691-1116


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    Takashimaya Department Store

    With many years of experience in retailing, Takashimaya is one of the major department store brands in Japan with 20 stores under its belt, including branches in New York, Singapore, Taiwan and Bangkok. It was actually founded in Kyoto as a kimono shop back in 1831, but Takashimaya later grew into a bigger store with more selections and moved its headquarters to Osaka where it remains to this day. You’ll find a huge selection of clothing here, including some of Japan’s most in trend fashion and brands. The Kyoto store holds regular cultural and art exhibitions. It’s easy to find Takashimaya above Hankyu Kawaramachi Station.

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)75-221-8811


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    Fujii Daimaru Department Store

    Fujii Daimaru is one of Kyoto’s smaller department stores but is still packed with interesting, trendy shops selling unique fashion for young men and women. Rather than rows of restaurants, Fujii buzzes with intimate cafés and bistros – though there is a food court which serves a great variety of dishes. If you’re looking for men’s fashion, head to the excellent Beams outlet on the first floor – it stocks some limited-edition T-shirts you can only find here. It’s easy to find Fuji Daimaru as it’s just a couple of minutes’ walk from Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Line.

    Location: 605 Teramachi-dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto, 600-8031, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10.30 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)75-221-8181


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    Isetan Department Store

    If you need last-minute shopping before leaving town, try the huge department store called Isetan located inside JR Kyoto Station. Isetan features modern and fashionable imported and local-produced clothing, bags, cosmetics and more.

    The top floor has countless beautiful kimonos in many patterns and styles. Down on the food floor in the basement, you won’t believe the variety of displays of delicious Japanese cuisine. If you have children, a cruise through the kids’ section will unearth some excellent toys and dolls. Japan is well known for ‘cute’ characters like Hello Kittie and you'll find a whole range of branded items here.

    Location: JR Kyoto Station, Higashi Shijokoji-cho, Karasuma Shijokoji, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)75-352-1111


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    Daimaru Department Store

    Daimaru is a large chain store with many branches in Japan and even a few overseas, but it’s first branch was actually here in Kyoto. There are currently 3 Daimaru stores in Kyoto. The biggest one is on Shijo Dori, west of Takakura, and has 9 floors with a good range of products such as men’s and women's wear, bedding, local souvenirs, electronic goods, and household goods, including Japanese kitchenware.

    Location: 79 Tachiurinishimachi, Shijo Takakura, Simogyo, Kyoto, 600-8511, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)75-211-8111


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    Kyoto Kawaramachi Garden

    Retail and culinary delights next to Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station

    Kyoto Kawaramachi Garden is among the latest additions to Kyoto’s shopping scene. Within the 8-storey mall, you can find each floor dedicated to different products and needs. These range from toys, mobile goods and electronics to home renovation centres and even tailored suits.

    In between shopping, take a break by heading to Kyoto Kawaramachi Garden’s massive food hall. Whether you’re looking for some light bites and coffee or if you’re hankering for a more lavish unagi kabayaki (broiled eel), there’s a great variety of cuisines to choose from.

    Location: 68 Shincho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8001, Japan

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)7-5255-1911


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    Porta Kyoto

    The place for a shopping spree beneath Kyoto city

    Porta Kyoto greets the city’s arriving and departing visitors as well as shopping locals beneath Kyoto Bus Station. It is connected to Kyoto Subway Station and the strategic, high-traffic spot makes it a perfect place for you to grab some souvenirs before leaving Kyoto.

    Porta Kyoto is separated into east and west neighborhoods, and visitors who are looking for last-minute souvenirs are sure to be satisfied by the east area’s souvenir and food shops. In the west area, you’ll find fashion boutiques and other services. If you want to grab something to eat, head to Porta Dining in the west area for a majority of this underground shopping mall’s restaurants.

    Location: 902 Higashishiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8216, Japan

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)7-5365-7528


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    Kawaramachi Opa

    A cool fashion center in the hip Kawaramachi district

    Kawaramachi Opa is a 9-storey shopping mall with some of the most sought-after fashion brands in Kyoto. It's a big hit with the young crowds who are looking to up their fashion game. You can also find other goods in this mall, though, ranging from books to cosmetics and plenty in between. The mall’s great location, a mere 1-minute walk from Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station’s exit no. 3, only adds to the overall shopping experience.

    Another major plus for Kawaramachi Opa is their telephone translation service with friendly staff who will make sure that you’ll have a pleasant time, even for non-Japanese speakers.

    Location: Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto 604-8505, Japan

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)7-5255-8111


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    Kyoto Avanti

    Shop, play, and eat right outside Kyoto Station

    Kyoto Avanti, only a stone’s throw from Kyoto Station’s south exit, offers a complete range of things to buy and do over 6 floors. It’s easy to see why this mall is popular with visitors of all ages.

    The basement features both casual and proper sit-down restaurants, with stores selling shoes, kimonos, and imported goods just upstairs, and there are various clothing shops on the upper floors. Lovers of manga and anime will find plenty to browse on level 4F, including a game center where you can spend a few hours.

    Location: 31 Higashikujo Nishisannocho, Minami Ward, Kyoto, 601-8003, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)7-5682-5031


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    AEON MALL Kyoto Gojo

    Shopping and dining in Kyoto’s city centre

    AEON MALL Kyoto Gojo is one of the largest malls in Kyoto. It boasts a great selection of shops and is also a go-to spot for locals and travelers looking to try some flavors besides traditional Japanese cuisine. From international brands and local goods to multinational dining options, mall-goers are spoilt for choice here.

    Thanks to its all-under-one-roof nature, many agree that AEON MALL Kyoto Gojo is a great place for last-minute shopping before leaving the city. The fun factor is also cranked up whenever a seasonal event is held. If you’re visiting Kyoto around Christmas or New Year, give this mall a visit.

    Location: 25-1 Saiinoiwakecho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 615-0035, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)7-5326-8701


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