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Style / Fashion Spots in Kawaramachi / Shijokarasuma Area

  • Zohiko (Kyoto Teramachi location)
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Teramachi-dori Nijo Railway Le Rue West Side Shinjuku Temple 719-1
    A venerable Kyoto lacquerware shop established in 1661 located in Teramachi, Kyoto City. In order to explore new possibilities while continuing to respect over 350 years of history, the shop has recently begun actively collaborating with international companies and creators to produce products that meet the needs of today. The shop moved to its current location in 2014 and offers an extensive range of products such as everyday articles for the current season, gifts, and exquisite pieces which shine with the skills of the craftsmen who produced them. A five-minute walk from Exit 11 of Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station on the Tozai Line subway.

    If you want to have a piece of real Japanese art go to Zohiko. World best class of lacquer. Just perfect and displayed with a lot of taste. Very friendly and professional staff!

  • Rakushikan
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Sanjoutakakura Kyoto Bunka Museum 1F
    A small museum dedicated to paper located on the first floor of the Museum of Kyoto in Karasuma Oike, Kyoto City. The museum was established with the aim of presenting the wonders of paper, a product closely connecting with Japanese culture and ways of life. The museum sells a variety of unique paper goods created throughout Japan as well as original handmade washi paper products dyed according to methods dating to the Heian period. The museum also presents paper products according to the ways in which it is used such as stationary, envelopes, origami, and seals, as well as introducing how paper is connected to and enriches human life.
  • Inobun Shijo Main Shop
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Shijo Kawaramachi Nishi Iru Otabi Cho 26
    A five-minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station. This lifestyle goods shop is located close to the number six exit of Kawaramachi Station. Consisting of four floors above ground and one below, the shop also holds events such as exhibitions and workshops. The selection and atmosphere of each floor differs, such as clocks and accessory cases on floor B1 and accessories and the 1st floor, and customers can just have fun walking through the establishment. The shop also carries unusual items such as Buncho Bunko books which are no longer than 16 pages.
  • Yojiya Main Store
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    Shinkyo Gokubanakoji, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
    This oil blotting paper shop is located a two minute walk from the Kayu-koji Shopping Arcade traveling from Kawaramachi Station's number nine exit. The long-standing shop was established in 1904. Originally specializing in the sale of tooth brushes, the shop adopted its current name from a nickname based on the slang for toothbrush used at the time and has been known by this name ever since. In addition to its signature oil blotting papers, the shop also carries matched mirror pairs for applying makeup, an original product; as well as small makeup bags and other products. Many of the shop's products bear its distinctive logo. The store offers original product sets filled with your choice of products, perfect for giving as gifts.
  • The Museum of Kyoto: Museum Shop Kyoto Benrido
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Takakuradori Sanjo Agaru Higashikatacho 623-1
    A three-minute walk from the number five exit of subway Karasuma Oike Station. This museum shop is located on the first floor of the Museum of Kyoto, a cultural facility which introduces the history and culture of Kyoto. The shop is filled with unique, traditional Kyoto crafts, including art postcards with Japanese paintings of famous Kyoto sights, traditional bird and wildlife comic merchandise, and hand-printed Yuzen fabric goods. The shop carries 200 art postcards at any given time. Its gifts and souvenirs to commemorate your visit to the museum, such as original tote bags and ippitsusen stationary. There are also a wide variety of products featuring images from the famous National Treasure-designated Choju-jinbutsu-giga picture scroll, including stamps and folding fans.
  • lisn Kyoto
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Karasuma-dori Shijo Sagaru COCONKARASUMA 1F
    This scent shop offers new incenses every year stemming from a design concept of Resonate. Their scents, designed to casually slip into the rhythm of everyday life, are incredibly popular for everyone from beginners to experts. The Kyoto location has a refined decor with curvaceous designs of plaster and glass that resembles the flicker of fragrance and smoke arrayed over a monochrome pattern of square tiles.
  • Kousaido Main Store
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Karasuma-dori Bukkoji Higashi Iru Kamiyanagicho 3351F
    A shop dealing in a variety of fragrances from traditional incense to cosmetics and room fragrances. You can explore the classic traditions of Kyoto fragrance in a variety of ways. Popular items include perfume creams and incense stick holders. Special monthly recommended selections and seasonal items are also popular, especially amongst women.

    四条通の南側の落ち着いた通り沿いにお店があります。香りのグッズのお店です。お香、お線香、ルームフレグランス、におい袋、入浴剤など。丁寧に接客されていて、荷物置き場もあり、ゆっくり商品を見ることができます。テスターで香りも確認できます。数点購入しました。使うのが楽しみです。

  • Tanji Renshodo
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku 7 Jodori Karasuma Nishiiru Nakaicho 114
    A handmade Japanese candle shop first founded in 1938. They serve as a purveyor for the Higashi-Honganji Temple and its branch temples as well as a number of other famous temples and shrines throughout Japan. They only use wax from domestic wax trees and are concentrated on creative originality. Their Kigake candles are made using traditional methods that take over one week to make and are masterpieces that will bring you a sense of inner calm.
  • Hakofuji Shoten
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Horikawa-dori Gojo Sagaru West side
    A shop specializing in paulownia wood that first opened in 1891. Since their founding they've served as a sort of unassuming supporting-actor for the traditional Kyoto industrial sector creating all sorts of high-class wares for customers including kimono fabrics and Nishijin obi belts, Kiyomizu pottery, masks and costumes for Noh performances, and Buddhist ritual implements and scriptures. Nowadays they've earned a reputation for their wooden paulownia boxes that fit into modern lifestyles.
  • Shoyeido Incense Co. Kyoto Main Store
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Karasuma-dori Nijo Agaru East side
    A long-standing store with a long history as a leader of fragrance culture since its founding in 1705. They manufacture and sell all sorts of fragrances including incense for religious use, incense sticks for tatami rooms, informal incenses, incense for tea ceremonies, and incense pastilles. The shop interior feels like a room used for tea ceremonies and it's fun to search the shop for a scent that fits your lifestyle. Popular purchases for those looking for Kyoto souvenirs are their Hourin incenses, a traditional scent used in traditional Japanese restaurants and inns, and their popular XiangDo Series, a pure fragrance with scents of rose and lavender.

    My friend and I absolutely had the most fascinating visit to the Karasuma Nijo store where Ryoko-San introduced us to the traditional way of making incense in their fragrance factory tour. Ryoko-San...

  • Kazariya Ryo
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Oshikojidori Fuyacho Nishiiru Tachibanacho 621
    A silverwork showroom for parent company Chikueido, a metal jewelry artisan with a history dating back to the mid-Edo Period. A shop and workshop operating out of a classic Kyoto townhouse which is over 100 years old. They manufacture and sell subdued silver products that can be used every day. The shop is lined with accessories including netsuke miniature sculptures with seasonal images, straps, necklaces and hair combs and you can even try copper engraving (reservation required). You can also order original products, of course from your own design but you can also bring in a vague idea and work on it with a craftsman to create your own one of a kind item.
  • Yamato Mingei-ten
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachidori Takoyakushi Agaru
    Founded in 1946 this shop was a trailblazer in Kyoto folk craft shops. The shop, located in Kawaramachi smack dab in between Sanjo-dori Street and Shijo-dori Street, offers a wide variety of folk crafts. From Okinawa Ryukyu glass cups from the south to Iwate Nanbu Ironwork tea pots from the north everything they sell will bring a small measure of happiness to your daily life. They don't only offer folk crafts from around Japan but also ethnic apparel. Their child's jinbei summer clothes that they receive in May is well known to be moisture absorbing and quick drying and very pleasant to wear.
  • Hayashi-Ryushodo
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Sanjodori Horikawa Higashi Iru Hashihigashizumecho 15
    A fragrance specialty shop founded in 1834 at the end of the Edo period. They manufacture and sell a variety of incenses focusing on their raw ingredients individually. Offering a variety including Koboku (fragrant wood), incense pastille, incense sticks and Shoko (incense powder), and offering incense has allowed this long-standing shop to offer support to all customers including temples for every sect of Buddhism, those participating in traditional incense-smelling ceremonies, and those participating in tea ceremonies. You can enjoy their incense with all five senses, from the color and shape of the incense, to the billowing rising smoke, and the spreading scent. The shop faces Sanjo-dori Street and is a seven-minute walk from Nijo Castle. It's marked by a large wooden sign on the second floor of the building.
  • Ishiguro-Kouho
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Sanjodori Yanaginobanba Nishi Iru
    This is the only shop in Japan that specializes in Nihohibukuro scented sachets. It has designed and sold its versatile original Nihohibukuro since its founding in 1855. Naturally these sachets, patterned on seasonal flowers, zodiac signs, and animals, can be used as scents, but also as interior designs. You can choose from different fabrics like Yuzen printed silk, and Nishijin brocade, with four different scents, to create your own original Nihohibukuro.

    Adorable hand made crafts! Some of there products are cellphone case, jewelry box/container(see picture) and decorations to give as gifts and/or souvenirs. It was also nice to see the staff make...

  • ichi man ben
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Sanjodori Yanaginobanba Nishi Iru Masu Ya Cho 75 Keio Kyoto Sanjo Building 1F
    This antique kimono shop is located inside the Nihon Seimei Building (previously the Kyoto Branch of Nippon Life Insurance Co.) on Sanjo-dori Street about an eight-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station. It shop sells antique and recycled kimonos inside an imposing building designated as a registered tangible cultural asset. Antique kimonos have a certain refined charm that a brand new kimono cannot match that comes from having once belonged to someone. The shop also carries a full selection of obi, the sash needed to wear a kimono, as well as a full range of stylish accessories such as obidome (sash clips) and obihimo (sash cords). We recommend that you ask the shop's highly experienced staff for advice if you need any advice.

    If you are looking for a reasonably priced kimono superior in quality to what you find in the standard tourist shops then this place is worth a visit. About 5 mins walk from Teramachi street. Inside...

  • Wright Shokai Sanjo Branch
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Teramachi
    "This retro cafe is a place where people can encounter cats and curios. It is located about a five-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station in an alley between Shinkyogoku Street and Teramachi Street. Look for the black sign with the word ""coffee"" in Chinese characters. The interior of the cafe is so relaxed and quiet you will have a hard time believing you are in a business district. The cafe is filled with light fixtures, furniture, tableware, dolls, and other antiques from as far back as the late 1800s. The coffee served at the first-floor cafe and bar has a pronounced sourness that makes it well suited for cafe au lait. The second floor is a rental gallery used as a venue for a variety of events including concerts and exhibitions. Whether the cafe's impish cat comes out to play depends on her ever-changing mood, however!"

    地震が来たらすべての商品が倒れてきそうな店内でした。ほこりをかぶったものもありお世辞にもキレイとは言いがたいのですがアンティークが好きな人にはきっと楽しいはず。一匹の猫ちゃんが店内を好きなように歩いていたかと思えば客席でくつろぎ始めかわいかったです

  • Kyoto Antiques Center
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Teramachi Nijo Agaru East side
    "This antique mall, which opened in 1996 features several tenant shops that sell artwork, calligraphy, ceramics, bronze, lacquerware, and other antiques from around Japan and the world. There is also a good selection of clocks, netsuke (carved toggles), obidome (sash clips), and other accessories, making the mall a fun place to visit even if you are not knowledgeable about antiques. Unlike most antique shops, which have a reputation for high prices, the mall has an appealing selection of reasonably priced items. The mall sees many foreign visitors and has even been featured in the free English-language ""KYOTO VISITORS GUIDE"" magazine. Look for the green window shades."
  • Hidari-uma Main Shop
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Shinkyogoku Dori Nishikikoji Agaru
    "The name of this cosmetics shop comes from the backwards ""horse"" shogi piece, which is considered a lucky charm due to a saying that horses never fall to the left. It connotes the good fortune to ""never fall down in life."" The shop is located in Shinkyogoku, which was once lined with countless entertainment halls and playhouses, making it the biggest entertainment district in Kyoto. The venerable shop gained recognition as the purveyor of cosmetics for many of Kyoto's maiko. The shop offers cosmetics for everyday use such as lipstick blotting paper and paper with face powder as well as skin care products such as cleansing oil and face wash. Their famous Hidariuma oil blotting paper, a popular Kyoto souvenir, is noted for its soft and silky-smooth feel."
  • Japo-Rhythm Uta no Koji shop
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Shinkyogoku Dori Sanjo Sagaru Sakuranocho
    This apparel shop on the 2nd floor of the fashion building Uta no Koji, known affectionately as Utako by Kyoto's young people for over 30 years. This is the origin of the brand Japo-Rhythm, which creates traditional Japanese styling. They offer knickknacks with design motifs like Zen, scrolls, and dragons, as well as t-shirts, tote bags, and Kyoto-only goods. They can also write your name on a T-shirt in seal script, an increasingly popular service that is drawing customers from inside and outside Japan.

    I visited Kyoto in 2017. It is a little shop in the Kyoto market, place in the 2nd plane of a little palace between the market banks. The owner is a really fine person and sell high quality things...

  • Kyogoku Iwai
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Shinkyogoku Dori Shijo Agaru Nakanocho 556
    This shop specializes in colorful Kyoto-style knickknacks made using elegant Nishijin silk brocade. The historic-feeling Kyoto townhouse is filled with craft products like incense, washi paper, fans, and aromatic sachets. The incense-scented shop is a pleasure just to browse through. The coin purses, hair scrunchies, and pouches made with gold-shot Nishijin brocade are a hit with overseas tourists. They also offer a wide variety of traditionally Japanese style small goods for men, as well.

    京都土産はここで揃える。一昔前の賑わいがなくなった新京極だけど、井和井さんに行けば京都のお土産がすべて揃うので、ここはお勧めの場所だ。センスのいい小物を選べば、もらう側の人も喜んでくれると思う。

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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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