Shimei-dori Street (紫明通)
Shimei-dori Street is a street running east-west through the north part of Kita Ward, Kyoto City. It runs west and slightly toward the north from Kamo kaido and turns south to connect to Horikawa-dori Street. There is little traffic because of the short extension.
Originally it was a part of a route for the Lake Biwa Canal, now filled, which went through Horikawa from Keage to Matsugasaki via Shimogamo, and under the Kamo-gawa River using a siphon. Like Horikawa-dori and Gojo-dori Street, its width is wide due to firefighting facilities which were installed to support forced evacuation during World War II.
At present, the water park which uses water divided from Lake Biwa Canal is under construction. The plan is to divert water to Horikawa, thereby reviving it.
Main Facilities on the Street
Kyoto Prefecture Buraku Liberation Center: Torimaru-dori Street kado
Social Insurance Kyoto Hospital
Kamigyo Social Insurance Office: Karasuma-dori Street agaru
Otani Univeristy Ground: Karasuma-dori Street agaru
Kyoto Junior High School Attached to Kyoto University of Education: Shinmachi-dori Street agaru
Kyoto Elementary School Attached to Kyoto University of Education: Shinmachi-dori Street agaru
Tankosha Publishing: a corner of Horikawa-dori Street
Dainippon Screen MFG: a corner of Horikawa-dori Street