Shimogyō-ku is one of Kyoto’s eleven wards. First established in 1879, it has been merged and split, and took on its present boundaries in 1955, with the establishment of a separate Minami-ku. Its primary attractions include Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Station. Shijō Street on the northern edge of the area, especially around the Shijō Kawaramachi intersection, is the busiest shopping district in the city.