Shinmonzen-dori, Kyoto

Shinmonzen-dori, Kyoto

The Shinmonzen-dori is regarded as the antique treasure trove of Kyoto. It is a small street with two storied wooden houses in the Gion Dustrict of the City. There are less than 17 stores in the street and each specializes in a well known Kyoto art or craft. The stores have international customers looking for authentic art and crafts and the shopkeepers are known to be trustworthy and knowledgeable.

The Shinmonzen-dori has shops specializing in scrolls, small carved ornaments attached to traditional Japanese clothing called Netsuke, lacquer ware, bronze, wood block prints, screens, paintings, ceramic bowls and antiques.

Well known stores at the Shinmonzen-dori are the Kawasaki Fine Arts store that specializes in selling six panel folding screens. They sell expensive antique screens and budget friendly screens painted by small upcoming artists. Hanging scrolls, Edo period Ukiyo-e prints, ceramics, wood block prints and lacquer ware are available at the store. The Ezoshi store sells both Ukiyo-e prints and the popular 19th century Shin Hanga prints of the new print movement. Kaori the incense shop offers perfumes and incense sticks. The Old Art Kanzando offers a range of porcelain dishes and plates and Imari style of pottery. The shop also sells ornamental hairpins. There is also a government registered Ryokan or traditional inn with a small garden and tea house. Candle lit tea ceremonies are held here on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Sight Name: Shinmonzen-dori
Sight Location: Kyoto, Japan
Sight Type: Shopping
Guide(s) containing this sight: Higashiyama Area Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Kyoto, Japan

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km

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