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“Best place for souvenirs!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kyoto Handicraft Center

Kyoto Handicraft Center
17 Heian Jingu kita, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8323, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-761-7000
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Kyoto Handicraft Center is a twin buildings located nearby Heian Shrine, Kyoto. (Some floors are closed in West building, because of preparing renovation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.) We offer one-stop shopping for Japanese handicrafts and souvenirs, hands-on handicraft workshops, observing crafts studio, and restaurants. We are dedicated to selling not only traditional handicrafts, but also Japanese accessories and variety goods in a modern style arrangement. Amita Damascene Studio is always open and you can enjoy craftsmen work in front of your eyes. At our handicraft workshop, you are able to enjoy making a choice of handicraft out of nine kinds. We offer great services: English-speaking staffs, duty-free shopping, foreign currency exchange, oversea shipping, tour information desk, internet access, and so on. Over 400 seats are available at our restaurants, we offer Japanese lunch box (Bento) or buffet style lunch by reservation.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage
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“Best place for souvenirs!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

This multi-level store was awesome - especially if you're looking for art/prints, etc. for your home. We were pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of the souvenirs here. Be sure to leave plenty of time to shop - and room in your suitcase.

Visited July 2010
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“Spend your time somewhere else”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2009

Only visit this place if you want to buy overpriced boring souveniers. Seriously I was so annoyed after I went to this place, couldn't believe I wasted my time to go there. No atmostphere, no customers and overpriced items on sale.

You can find much better souveniers if you walk around the areas near the major temples.

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“handicrafts ala kyoto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2005

A definite place to be. Before making a purchase, I advise peeping all the floors for your viewing pleasure. A few things cost a pretty penny, but well worth it. The stamp collections on the third floor are quite exquisite.

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