Ogawa-dori runs north-south through the city of Kyoto, from Nishikikoji-dori in the south to Shimei-dori in the north. The area from Teranouchi-dori to Kamigoryo-dori, in particular, is paved with stone pavement and has the atmosphere of Kyoto with its machiya houses and the gates of temples and tea ceremony houses. People who enjoy tea ceremonies come and go wearing kimonos, adding color to the quiet street.
The area stretching from Kamigyo-ku to Kita-ku in Kyoto City is known as Nishijin, named after the Western army led by Yamana Sozen who set up camp there during the Onin War in 1467. (Nishi means "West" and Jin means "Camp") This is a town of craftsmen, where the production of Nishijin textiles, one of Kyoto's leading traditional industries, is still active. As you walk through the charming streets lined with old-fashioned machiya houses, you will be able to enjoy the soothing scenery typical of Kyoto.