The Sanjo Meiten-gai is located on the west side Kawaramachi. The area is close to Sanjo Bridge, which is the end of the Old Tokaido Highway that linked the imperial capital of Kyoto to the military capital of Edo (Tokyo).
The arcade has a dome style roof with a fine cupola on top and mosaic work in the pavement. There are 30 different patterns built into the pavement using different shades of granite in round and square shapes. It is the only arcade in Japan that has such a beautiful pavement.
The Sanjo Meiten-gai, one of Kyoto’s oldest shopping arcades, is a fun shopping zone full of very old shops and structures along side a world of modern buildings and boutiques.