55 Standard Kyoto Souvenir Shops and New Stores! KYOTO TOWER SANDO All Set to Open in Front of Kyoto Station

The commercial zone from the first basement floor up to the second floor of Kyoto Tower Building that rises in front of JR Kyoto Station, the gateway to sightseeing in the Kyoto region, has been completely renovated. It will be reborn into KYOTO TOWER SANDO on April 14 (Friday) this year.

KYOTO TOWER SANDO was renovated with this concept in mind: “Toward the third option, next to street and station. Kyoto like never before and Kyoto for the future.” It will have a different theme per floor. A total of 55 shops are set to open on three floors, from the standard shops for Kyoto souvenirs, up to the hidden gems in the region.

The first basement floor is the dining floor, designed to be an area where people can enjoy walking and eating Kyoto food. It has different restaurants from local favorites to trendy new hot spots. It houses 19 shops, including KYOTO TOWER SANDO Bar that serves Kyoto’s local sake, Kyoto wines and craft beers, along with the popular new yakiniku (barbecue) restaurant “Kyo no Yakinikudokoro Hiro”, and “Gihan Hajimedo,” a Chinese cuisine restaurant that is run by “Sosaku Chukai Ichi no Hunairi.” About 400 seats will be available inside this floor, including the counter seats inside the restaurants, and guests can freely eat and drink at this floor.

The first floor in this commercial complex has been designated as the product sale floor that is designed to be a market where Kyoto’s excellent products are gathered. It is lined with 31 shops that can satisfy adults who love Kyoto, including shops selling Kyoto-style Japanese sweets, pickled vegetables and cosmetics, and cafes. Here, you can also buy the “Namacha no Ka Ice Bar” (raw tea ice cream bar), an exceptionally dark green tea ice cream bar inspired by a tea plantation that will debut as a flagship product of the famous dessert shop Kyoto Kitayama Malebranche, and will only be available at TOWER SANDO.

Kyoto Shabonya, which has been enjoying rave reviews for its handmade soaps and cosmetics, will be selling lip creams with a new sensation that were created in collaboration with the famous stores Gion Tsujiri, which is popular for Uji matcha, and Dari K, which is known for its chocolates. This floor is also packed with shops that will draw a lot of attention, such as “UCHU wagashi” that is very famous for creating and selling modern rakugan (hard candy), and Toshoan, which focuses on promoting anko (red bean paste).

The second floor has five shops that have to do with Kyoto-like Japanese culture. It is designed with the theme “workshop for creating memories through experience.”

Kyoto Tower is an incredibly well known landmark of Kyoto. Now, the attention is going to shift to a new famous spot where you can enjoy a wide range of activities, including shopping, relaxing and experiencing things.


721-1 Higashishiokoji-cho, Karasuma-dori Shichijo-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 04.04.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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