Higashinotoin-dori Street (東洞院通)

The Higashinotoin-dori Street is a street which runs north-south in Kyoto City.

It extends from Marutamachi-dori Street in the north to Kyoto Station in the south. Takeda-kaido Road runs as if it extends on the opposite side--northern side-- of Kyoto Station.

It corresponds to Higashinotoin-no-Oji / Higashinotoin-Oji Street of Heiankyo. Toin' refers to the residence of the Retired Emperor (Daijo-tenno), Cloistered Emperor, and there were many residences of many nobility were located along the road during the Heian period. During the Edo period, the road became a primary highway connected to Takeda-kaido Road, and became so busy that one-way northbound traffic was imposed during the Kyoho era. It is said to be Japan's oldest one-way road.

Current status
The role of primary highway was taken over by Karasuma-dori Street, when it was widened in a road widening project designed to open the Municipal Streetcar system in the Meiji period.

It is a narrow one-way street excluding the section between Shichijo-dori Street and Shiokoji-dori Street which consist of two-lanes on each side.

Main facilities along the street

Kyoto Gyoen, Marutamachi

Nakagyo Post Office, Sanjo-kado (at the crossing of Sanjo)

Kyoto office, NTT West, Sanjo-kado

Kyoto Municipal Women's Center, Rokkaku Sagaru (to the south of Rokkaku)

Kodomo Patona (Kyoto Counseling Center for Children), Sanjo-Sagaru (to the south of Sanjo)

Daimaru Kyoto, Shijo Agaru (to the north of Shijo), Shijo-dori Street

Hankyu Kyoto Main Line, Karasuma Station

Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto

Kyoto Century Hotel

Kyoto Station

[Original Japanese]