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  • Seikosha
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Tawarayachou 437
    Seikosha is a small but venerable bookstore located in a remodeled old traditional house. The books are arranged in an unusual way reminiscent of an art space. Unlike most bookstores, it stocks mostly books that might be thought of as luxury items. The shop also has a coffee bar and regularly schedules workshops related to music or books.
  • Hohohoza (Jodoji Branch)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Joudojibambachou 71 High Nest Building 1/2 F
    Hohohoza is a bookstore in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward. It was formerly called Gake Shobo, but it moved and reopened with a new name. The first floor features new publications and miscellaneous times, as well as gallery space for exhibitions. The second floor features used books and miscellaneous items, and it is frequented by booklovers as a place where one may find an exciting rare book.
  • Unsodo Publishing House
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Teramachi-dori Nijo Minami Entrance 459 Maomichi-mae-cho
    Unsodo, founded in 1891, is a venerable publishing house in Kyoto's Nakagyo Ward and the only one in Japan that produces woodblock books. Every step of the process, including carving, pressing the paper onto the plates, and binding, is done by hand according to traditional methods. They also produce art books and woodblock-printed artisan books, and sell and produce small Japanese-style variety goods with original designs.
  • Animate Kyoto
    Shopping
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Shinkyogoku Takoyakushi Sagaru Higashigawacho
  • HMV Kyoto Qanat Rakuhoku
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto Sakyo
  • Koizumi Instruments
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Teramachi Dori Aneyakoji Agaru Shimohonnojimaecho 518
    This world-folk-music instrument specialty shop is on the Teramachi street shopping arcade off Oike-dori street, just two minutes' walk from Karasuma line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station. They have a wide selection of instruments, with stringed instruments like erhu and Mongolian morin khuur; wind instruments like iwabue stone flutes and Andean quena flutes; as well as Tibetan singing bowls and Australian didgeridoos. They also offer enthusiast classes in the harder to start instruments, and the shop is popular as well for its professional guidance in getting closer to these folk instruments. In addition, they bring folk instrument performers from all over the world for concerts, and also offer repairs and maintenance for their instruments.
  • Studio mario Uji Okubo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Uji-shi Hironocho Nishiura 50-9
  • Studio mario Kyoto Shijo Saiin
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Saiinyasuzukacho 22-banchi
  • Studio mario Kyoto Kameoka
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kameoka-shi Shinocho Joboji Nakamura 17-ban 1
  • Studio mario Kyoto Fushimi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Fushimi-ku Fukakusa Fuke no Tsubo Cho 101
  • Studio mario Kyoto Yamashina
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Yamashina-ku Nagitsujihigashiuracho 23
  • Studio mario Yawata Matsui Yamate
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Yawata-shi Kinmeidai Nishi 48
  • Studio mario Joyo Al Plaza Joyo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Joyo-shi Tono Arami Da 112 Al Plaza Joyo 3F
  • Kyoto Maiko Makeover Studio Yume Museum-YUMEYAKATA
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Kameyacho 161-1
  • Ogaki Book Store AEON MALL KYOTO
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Minami-ku Nishikujotoriiguchicho 1 AEON MALL KYOTO 2F [230]
  • Studio Alice AEON MALL KYOTO
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Minami-ku Nishikujotoriiguchicho 1 AEON MALL KYOTO 3F [328]
  • Village Vanguard AEON MALL KYOTO
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Minami-ku Nishikujotoriiguchicho 1 AEON MALL KYOTO 4F [426]
  • Ogaki Book Store AEON MALL Kyoto Katsuragawa
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Minami-ku Kuzetakadacho 376-1 AEON MALL Kyoto Katsuragawa 1F [154]
  • Shimamura Musical Instrument AEON MALL Kyoto Katsuragawa
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Minami-ku Kuzetakadacho 376-1 AEON MALL Kyoto Katsuragawa 3F [322]
  • Ogaki Book Store AEON MALL Kyoto Gojo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Saiinoiwakecho 25-1 AEON MALL Kyoto Gojo 2F [230]

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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