Teramachi is a combination of two Japanese words "tera" meaning "temple" and "machi" meaning "town". So Teramachi-Dori means "temple town street". The reason for the street's name is that it used to have many temples along the Eastern side of it (to the left of this photo). There still are some temples remaining on the eastern side, especially south of Shijo-Dori. Along the western side there were many businesses supporting the temples such as shops selling Buddhist rosaries, incense, candles and altars. Now-a-days none of these shops remain on Teramachi-Dori.
The stretch of Teramachi-Dori between Shijo-Dori and Oike-Dori has been mostly covered and turned into a shopping arcade. There are actually two seperate sections of the arcade: a larger southern section between Shijo-Dori to Sanjo-Dori and a smaller northern section between the other side of Sanjo-Dori and Oike-Dori. This photo was taken near Sanjo-Dori looking south along the southern section.
The building to the left of this photo is Mishima Tei a famous Sukiyaki restaurant. This place is so well known, that when I show this photo to my Japanese friends they instantly exclaim "Oh Mishima Tei!". This restaurant is quite expensive, but they do give a small discount to tourists. On the ground floor there is also a butcher's shop selling the famed Mishima beef (Mishima-gyu).
Teramachi Arcade is a popular shopping spot in Kyoto, there are restaurants and shops to suit all tastes and budgets. The nearest train stations are Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae on the Kyoto Municipal Subway's Tozai line and Kawaramachi on Hankyu Railway's Kyoto line.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D300 camera and a Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens. This photo was captured as RAW (.NEF) file and post processed in DxO Optics Pro, I made the following adjustments: Default camera and lens adjustments applied; DxO Smart Lighting (25%); DxO Clear View (50%); Highlights (-25%); Blacks (+10); Contrast (+25%); Microcontrast (+25%); Vibrancy (+25%); and PRIME noise reduction applied.