Shinmonzen-dori Street, Kyoto

Shinmonzen-dori Street, Kyoto

Shinmonzen-dori is a small street in Gion, Kyoto which, together with the neighboring two streets of Furumonzen-dori and Nawate-dori, form an area widely recognized as the city's antiques treasure trove. Lined with two-storied wooden townhouses, Shinmonzen street holds dozens of stores specialized in traditional arts and crafts and equally reputed, at home and abroad, as trustworthy and knowledgeable in the field of antiques, being run by the same family for generations. Among the things sold here are ancient scrolls, netsuke – small carved figurines used as part of traditional Japanese clothing, lacquer ware, bronze, wooden block prints, screens, paintings, ceramic bowls, textiles, scrolls, prints, furniture and more.

One of the best known stores at Shinmonzen is Kawasaki Fine Arts, specialized in folding screens. Available are both expensive antique and budget-friendly, modern-made screens painted by emerging artists. You can also find here hanging scrolls, Edo-period Ukiyo-e prints, ceramics, wooden block prints and lacquer ware. Another prominent store – Ezoshi – sells Ukiyo-e prints, as well as the popular 19th-century Shin Hanga prints. Kaori is the shop specialized in perfumes and incense sticks. The Old Art Kanzando store carries a vast range of period porcelain and Imari-style pottery, as well as ornamental hairpins. Also, at Shinmonzen there is the traditional Ryokan inn with a small garden and tea house where candlelight tea ceremonies are held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Overall, this is a great area to ramble in and browse, be it for the love of antiques or simply out of curiosity.

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Sight Name: Shinmonzen-dori Street
Sight Location: Kyoto, Japan (See walking tours in Kyoto)
Sight Type: Shopping
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