Souvenirs Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Saga Tenryuji temple 20-2
    A tourist and shopping facility located in Arashiyama Station filled with souvenir shops and restaurants selling sweets, Kyoto knickknacks, and Kyoto pickles. The facility is also famous for its atmospheric, Kyoto-esque design. Some of the visual highlights of the facility include the concourse lined with 3,000 bamboo plants; a garden where visitors can relax while looking at cherry blossoms and fall foliage; Ryu no Atago Pond; and the Kimono Forest, a path lined with 600 poles decorated with yuzen-dyed kimono fabric. At night, the Kimono Forest and other areas are lit up, creating a magical atmosphere.
  • Kazurasei Roho
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Shijyodori Gion Town North 285
    The flagship Gion location of this shop founded in 1865 selling women’s haircare products, kanzashi hairpins, and hair ornaments. The shop carries hand carved Japanese box tree combs, ornate hairpins designed with seasonal motifs changed out monthly, and haircare products made with camellia oil gathered on the Goto Archipelago.

    I got into this shop as I was lost around Kyoto’s market. Got 2 items from there, even I do not speak/read one word in Japanese. Products were so good, so pleasant, effective and of good quality, I...

  • Kisen Chaya
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    3.0
    23 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Tougawa 13
    Kisen Chaya offers original products only available there, including sweets packed with Uji tea from Kyoto's own Uji City. Their matcha soft serve ice cream and chadango dumplings are popular. The second floor offers sit-down meals of seasonal cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. They also rent kimono.

    どちらか云うと団体客向きの店でした。コロナ禍で大変な時期でしたが、何とか頑張って継続しているみたいです。入り易い店なので宇治へ行った時にはいつも立ち寄ります。

  • Sanjo-Honke Misuyabari
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Sanjodori Kawaramachi Nishi Iru
    A needle specialty shop with a large signboard announcing its location on Sanjo-dori Street just off of Kawaramachi-dori Street. The store itself is just along a narrow alley. Misuyabari needles, created as if they were little katana swords, are set apart by the lack of resistance you'll feel when sewing. By adding a small angle to the tip of the needle too small to be seen with the naked eye as well as vertical streaks during the polishing process they create needles that pass through the fabric without cutting the threads. It's also fun to look at their array of needles that you wouldn't normally see including American needles, silk needles, and pongee needles.

    A lovely, lovely shop for handmade needles. A single tiny needle, a work of true craftsmanship, can cost more than 12 USD, the quality is outstanding and the garden in front of the shop, which is not...

  • Kyoto Ceramic Center
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Higashiyama Gojo Agaru Yugyomaecho 583-1
    This gallery is ten minutes' walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station or ten minutes' drive from Kyoto station. It's at the entrance of Gojozaka, known as the origin of Kiyomizu ware, and displays new pieces from workshops with long years of experience at the traditional development and young potters active in Kyoto. The naturally lit interior and chance to get a feel for the various facets of Kyo ware and Kiyomizu ware make this gallery quite attractive. They also have regular solo and special exhibits, carry out Kyo ware manufacture demonstrations, and can be used as a base for educating new, young potters and raising successors.

    Started the morning here because it was right where the bus dropped us off... Nice stuff if you like ceramic collectables

  • Maizuru Red Brick Park Building 3 Maizuru Chiezo (Wisdom Warehouse)
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
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    Kyoto Maizuru-shi Kitasui 1039-12 Maizuru Red Brick Park
    This is the Building 3 of the collection of red brick buildings of the Maizuru Brick Park, highly valued as national Important Cultural Assets. The buildings were built from the Meiji into the Taisho periods. This building was built as a warehouse for the former Imperial Navy in 1902 and used to store munitions and small arms until after the war. After World War II, it was used by a private warehousing company. The tile roof and wood-framed windows have been restored as per the original plans. In 2007, it was reopened as a place to encourage education, and now it has shops selling souvenirs of Maizuru and the surrounding area, as well as hosting exhibitions regarding the former Imperial Navy.

    舞鶴の赤レンガ倉庫群の3号棟。国の重要文化財です。こちらにはお土産屋さんが入っていますが、見所はその奥です。以前この舞鶴港まで走っていた列車が展示されています。

  • Lier Ban Main Shop
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kizugawa-shi Kunimidai 5-22
    This is the main shop of Ban Inoue, hemp and flax fabric goods maker, which takes its name from the special banner used at temples for memorial services. They sell hemp and linen accessories and tableware, hand-made in Japan and full of detail. The shop has a hidden health-oriented cafe to sit and relax as you enjoy their handmade meals and desserts. Everything, from the sweet bean paste to the syrup, jams, and dressing, is hand-made. Their lunch which uses only select ingredients and even tableware and interiors are chosen with the greatest care is for a limited number a day of popular menu.

    自然を感じる空間でランチ。 光を取り入れると同時に、景色を眺めることができる大きめの窓?が印象的でした。 ゆっくりとした時間で、旬の野菜を食べれて健康に良いなと思います。

  • Mori-Toki-Kan
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2-254
    "A boutique pottery, souvenir, and gift shop located a six-minute walk from the ""Kiyomizu-michi"" bus stop. The shop carries original pottery creations and Kyoto goods and also offers fun and casual ceramics classes in a pottery studio which makes famous Kyoto Kiyomizu ware. Classes include making a mug by hand using a hand-turned wheel, and decorating an unglazed piece of pottery such as a yunomi teacup, mug, or rice bowl. The shop also sells cute Kyoto knickknacks and accessories as well as its own original ceramic lampshades which shine with the traditions of Kiyomizu ware and the skills of master artisans."

    清水坂途中にある陶器のお店。坂沿いにあるショーケースには、清水焼の照明陶器が、可愛かった。更にこのお店は、うさぎデザインに力を入れているようで、うさぎ柄の沢山のお土産が売られている。

  • Kani Ichiban (Kizu Branch)
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Aminochoukitsu 376
    Located in the city of Kyotango in Kyoto Prefecture, Kani Ichiban is a souvenir shop marked by a distinctive sign featuring a giant crab. Customers can buy crabs, lobsters and other seafood caught in nearby fishing grounds, as well as other locally produced products. It is a favorite spot for tourists, who come in great numbers during the crab season in particular. The shop also has a foot bath, fed by a natural hot spring, that customers may use free of charge.

    京丹後鉄道の夕日ヶ浦木津温泉駅から徒歩圏内です。大きな蟹の看板が目印です。店内は広く、生け簀では蟹が脚を動かしています。大きさも多様です。蟹の他にも、丹後の地酒や海産物など、お土産物がずらりと並んでいます。

  • Jusanya
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku 4 Jodori Teramachi Higashi Iru 13
    The only manufacturer of traditional boxwood combs in Kyoto. This over 100-year-old shop continues to make wooden combs using the same techniques handed down over the generations. Products for sale are made from domestic Japanese boxwood dried for over ten years and include carefully made travel sized combs and hand engraved hairpin combs. They also sell more affordable combs made with imported boxwood.
  • Miyawaki Baisenan
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Roktondori Alley Higashiiruru Ogurocho 80-3
    A seven-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station and a 10 minute walk from Shijo Station, Karasuma Station, and Kawaramachi Station. This shop, located close to the intersection between Rokkaku-dori Street and Tominokoji-dori Street, makes and sells Japanese sensu folding fans. The long-standing shop was established in 1823 and carries a wide selection of products, including not just maiogi dancer's fans and summer fans, still used widely in Japan today; but also hiogi formal hinoki cypress folding fans and kazariogi decorative fans. Exquisite examples are on display in the shop and the ceiling is decorated with designs based on those used on fans. The shop sells men's and women's fans, fan cases, and fan stands.
  • Iura Ningyo-ten (Doll shop)
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Sagaogurayamacho 2
    A doll shop featuring a wide selection of Saga earthenware bells.
  • Itotsune Arashimaya Branch
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Sagatenryujitsukurimichicho 20-38
    This shop specializing in folding fans offers more than 1000 different products from practical use summer fans to decorative fans, dancing prop fans, ceremonial fans, and plane white fans. With prior reservation you can even try making your own fan. You can paint your own design onto a blank white surface and then it will be applied to a died black bamboo frame and the finished fan will be sent to you in around one month's time.
  • Mingei Teika
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Saganisoninmonzenchojincho 15-5
    A souvenir shop offering a selection of light yet robust bamboo lifestyle products including teacups, cutlery, and handicrafts. The shop stays open into the evening hours during the yearly winter Arashiyama Hanatouro lantern event where the Saga Arashiyama area takes on a fantasy appearance under the glow of nearly 2500 lanterns. Here you can feel the natural warmth offered by bamboo.
  • Doi Shibazuke Honpo Porta Branch
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Karasuma-dori Shiokoji Sagaru Higashi-shiokojicho Kyoto Ekimae Underground shopping center Porta
    A famous shop for pickled items in the Porta shopping area most well known for their Shibazuke Pickles, an authorized Kyoto food specialty. The shop is conveniently located nearby the Karasuma Higashi ticket gate exit at JR Kytoto Station making this the perfect place to pick up a souvenir. Other recommended products are their Suguki pickled turnips and Senmaizuke pickled radishes.
  • Torii Kanaami
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Takatsujidori Yanaginobanba Nishiiru Senshojicho 452
    A wire netting industrial arts shop and workshop located near Bukkoji Temple. While the wire netting craft was first used on the outsides of shrines and temples as bird repellant and for lanterns it's long association with shrines and temples led to an increase in the art. The beauty and warmth of the art can be felt in the hexagonal patterns of the tea strainers and tofu scoops that are handmade, one by one.
  • Kyoto Sanjo Takematsu
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Sanjodori Ohashi Higashi Iru 3-39
    This bamboo craft specialist shop was founded in 1943. They offer a wide variety of products including chopsticks, baskets, bags, and other made from bamboo strips. Every product is a shining example of craftsmanship, and is sure to keep its freshness even with daily use. Bamboo crafts have a light, easy feel and are a great accent for a variety of scenes, not only in traditional Japanese restaurants and gardens, but also fit in western style cafes and restaurants. The chopsticks are perfect to help evoke the feeling and view of the seasons at the dinner table, with fine tips and deep functionality.
  • Mori Toki-kan Minami shop
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2-246-11
    This is a Kyoto souvenir selection shop on Kiyomizu Saka, the pilgrimage route to Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto's Higashiyama district. The main shop has original porcelain, and Kyoto-only knickknacks on display and sale, and the shop across the street offers a range of edible treats, including snacks to take on your stroll like boten fried fishcake on a stick or steamed hokamanju buns. They also sell Kyoto pickles and treats, Uji tea, yatsuhashi cookies, and other Kyoto specialties. In summer they have smoothies and frozen fruit treats to cool you down on your trek to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. The shop also has a dining area so you can sit and enjoy your purchases indoors.
  • Tanka
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 22-504
    This historical potter is about five minutes' walk from Inari station, and is marked by the red noren curtain. It was founded about 1750, and continues to produce the same clay toys and Fushimi dolls as it did in its late-Edo period height. Fushimi dolls are said to be the origins of all the 90 varieties of ceramic doll in Japan. There are about 2,000 varieties of prototype and mold, and most of them preserve the style and tradition of their age. Each face is filled with character, ranging from humor to charm, and each exudes naive artlessness that makes them popular with people from all over the world.
  • Kungyokudo
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    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto shi, Kamigyo-ku Horikawa dori Nishi Honganji temple
    This long-established store of incense near Nishi Honganji Temple is a 15 minute walk from JR Kyoto Station. The inside of the shop is large, and soft light creates a quiet atmosphere. The shop conveys one of Japan’s three largest forms of art, Kodo (traditional incense-smelling ceremony) to the present age. On the first floor of the store you can find gifts and items for the home, and on the second floor aroma bags and incense burners that can be enjoyed easily everyday are sold. Of course not only items for gifts but also able to be used for various purposes such as a room decoration and wearing. In Kungyokudo there is a fragrance seat facing the courtyard, and classes to experience incense smelling are held.

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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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