There are many gift shops in the Shinkyogoku shopping district, which is right next to the theater. Walk another five minutes, and you will find Nishiki Market, known as the "Kitchen of Kyoto." This always-bustling market is home to various shops offering products such as Kyo-yasai (heirloom vegetables from Kyoto Prefecture), Japanese pickled vegetables, tofu and tofu skins, and confectionery. The Kamo River, which flows through the heart of Kyoto, is also a five-minute walk for the theater. This is a popular date destination. From May to September, visitors can enjoy "noryo yuka," riverside terraces, which are a highlight of the season.
Located about a 20-minute walk from the theater, you can enjoy a promenade through Gion. Gion is Kyoto's foremost geisha district, having developed as the street outside the gate of Yasaka Shrine, itself famous for its role in the Gion Festival. Gion is also increasingly popular as a sightseeing area. Walk a little further, and you can see Kiyomizu-dera, the most-visited World Heritage site in Kyoto, as well as Chion-in Temple. Chion-in is famous for the Sanmon gate, the largest structure of its kind in Japan, and the greatest surviving example of Japanese wood architecture. Even if you only have a short time, you can get have a full experience of Kyoto's unique sights.
A trip of about 30 minutes by train and foot leads to this area, with some of Kyoto's best sightseeing spots. Here you can enjoy sights including cherry blossoms in the spring, brilliant autumn colors, and the fantastic Bamboo Grove. The Togetsukyo bridge offers a great view of the beautiful scenery of each season. The Arashiyama area hosts not only nature, but also many World Heritage sites and cultural landmarks such as Tenryu-ji, famous for the paintings "Daruma-zu" and "Unryu-zu."
In this area, about 30 minutes from the theater by train and foot, you can find Fushimi Inari-taisha, a shrine that has become popular among tourists not only from Japan, but from around the world. The highlight here is the shrine's thousands of torii gates, a must-have for the photo album of your visit to Kyoto. Blessed with an abundance of pristine water, this area is also famous for its production of fine sake.