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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Narrow Kyoto Lane

Very narrow lane Kyoto狭い京都路地

Just north of Shijo-Kawaramachi - the main intersection in downtown Kyoto - is the Opa department store. This is a casual version of Takashimaya, Daimaru, Marui, Isetan - all of which are delightful and expensive and marketed to a well heeled crowd.

Opa aims lower and younger and less expensive.

Behind it are temples, shops, and other diversions.

In addition, there is perhaps the only street in this area of Kyoto that snakes ever so slightly.

It is lined with small shops and restaurants, including some traditional okonomiyaki joints, and as best as we can figure has no name.

The area is a stone's throw from the most crowded part of Kyoto city, yet is oddly quiet.

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