Sanjo Dori

Connecting Edo and Kyoto, beginning and end of the journey Kyoto has a distinct character among the nation. One of the factors differentiating the city is the 'Tori (Dori in some cases, (street)'. People understand the location by the 'Tori' that is built in a matrix in the City of Kyoto. Each Tori has their own color based on their own history. This is why BEACON KYOTO is featuring on some major 'Tori' to make an archive of their information. We will start by Sanjo Dori. Long time ago, people used to walk about 490km between Edo (today's Tokyo) and Kyoto. Sanjo Dori had been organized under Hideyoshi Toyotomi's (one of Japan's Three Unifiers) reconstruction plan. It has been an important street before and after that work. Sanjo Ohashi is the end point of Tokaido Goju Santsugi (53 Stations of the Tokaido) and was the starting and finishing point for the people. Sanjo Dori is still a critical street that points out the east-west direction at the middle of Kyoto City. It has been the Sanjo Oji during the Heiankyo period (one of several former names for Kyoto when it was the capital of Japan, from 794 to 1868 with an interruption in 1180). It stretches to Keage in the east and Arashiyama area in Ukyo-ku in the west. Even today, it is clear that it had been the main street of Japan from how posh western architectures representing the Meiji period (1868-1912) stands by, and that there are Kyoto's longest 800m shopping arcade .