Karasuma-dori Street (烏丸通)
Karasuma-dori Street is one of the major north-south streets in Kyoto City.
The kanji 烏丸 is originally read as 'Karasumaru,' but the pronunciation has been simplified and now reads 'Karasuma.'
It corresponds to Karasumaru-Koji Street of Heiankyo. In the north it extends to Imamiya-dori Street just north of Kitaoji Bus Terminal (Kitaoji Station). Southward, it is bisected by Kyoto Station but extends to Kuzebashi-dori Street. It is a four-lane street throughout, except for the section north of Kitaoji-dori Street. The area along Karasuma Street, particularly around the Shijo-Karasuma crossing, is known as the business district of Kyoto, where many banks and companies are located. The Karasuma-Sen (Karasuma Line) of Kyoto City Subway runs below the street.
Karasuma-dori Street has been a main street facing Kyoto Station since the station opened in 1877. The street was widened from its origination as a path along which the Emperor would go to Kyoto Gosho (Old Imperial Palace) from Kyoto Station. It has taken the place of Senbon-dori Street, the former Suzakuoji broad avenue of Heiankyo, to become a main street of present-day Kyoto, because it passes the west side of Kyoto Gosho and crosses Kyoto Station north and south. Also, the section between Karasuma-Shichijo-dori Street and Karasuma-Gojo-dori Street belongs to National Highway Route No. 24, and the section between Karasuma-Gojo-dori Street and Karasuma-Kitaoji-dori Street belongs to National Highway Route No. 367.
Crossing Roads and Others
Roads are operated by the local municipalities unless otherwise specified.
Facilities along the street
Kyoto Broadcasting System Company Limited
Kyoto St. Agnes Episcopal Church