Orderly, but crazy busy. Endless shops with Kyoto style mochie, pickle products, green tea ice cream and genuine samurai swords to take back in one's carry-on bag. Worth a slow stroll to look on the way up to the temple….then, on the way down, perhaps purchase.
Lovely very "typical " Japanese street, have a wonderful time just meandering along this street, in fact we were so involved with the place, we spent double the time we had planned, but was well worth it. Lots of stores to see and buy from, and lovely tea/coffee rooms.
Many people are here but you will be able to find your way through the crowd because everybody is moving the same direction. You can actually meet a lot of beautiful Japanese ladies in their kimonos. Many souvenirs stores on both sides. They sell almost the same thing. No bargain. All prices are fixed.