Nishijin Textile Center

Nishijin Textile Center, Kyoto: Hours, Address, Nishijin Textile Center Reviews: 3.5/5

Nishijin Textile Center
3.5
Speciality Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Located in Kyoto's weaving district, Nishijin Textile Center has a museum, a shop selling kimono and other textile goods, a kimono fashion show, and a rental kimono shop for strolling around town.
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The area
Neighborhood: Nishijin District
A district with a long textile heritage, ancient Kyoto is still alive in the Nishijin District. Studded with its weaving factories, tea houses, and onsen, the neighborhood is charming and peaceful with a self-possessed air. Less traveled than other parts of the city, it is a district where you can take it at your own pace. Visitors can explore the many weaving and cloth houses, the free kimono shows, and the many shops selling traditional clothing and goods. Showcasing architecture with sloping roofs and wooden reliefs dating to decades past, the streets in the Nishijin District transport you back in time, making them a joy to wander.
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eugenia27
Corpus Christi583 contributions
Sep 2016 • Family
Nishijin Textile Center was a brief one hour stop during my travels. I wanted to check out their textiles because I heard Kyoto was the leading city for kimono manufacturing. I heard that this center had good souvenirs whether you wanted to buy kimonos for discounted prices or scarves and fans made from the same materials.

The store itself felt very much like a museum than a store. I saw a whole bunch of souvenir items but they seemed much more pricier than I expected so I ended up just walking around and browsing for the longest time. I was just about to leave but was surprised that they do amateur kimono fashion shows! It was only 10 minutes but that was the most enjoyable part of my whole visit. I rarely remember anything else.

So just enjoy browsing around until the fashion show starts. It's actually quite nice and the kimonos are gorgeous. I always knew they were so intricate and delicate but they are definitely much more elegant than I imagined. I had a good time. Enjoy!
Written August 8, 2017
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FlyWithKids
San Antonio, TX283 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
The center itself was a bit boring to be candid.
First floor has a cafeteria and sells traditional sweets.
Second floor has souvenirs, nice but expensive. The textile products for sale like scarfs are very nice, but all very expensive. There is one machine that looks awesome, but no explanation in English and nobody there to talk about it, so it's a nice exhibit but no real learning from it. If you are looking to buy a kimono it might be a good option, because they sell high-end second hand items.
Third floor has a small museum with incredible textile pieces of art.
The highlight was the kimono fashion show, which is free and lasts only 10 minutes, so it's great for ladies and doable for the gents (LOL).
Written July 28, 2017
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LondonTravelLady
London141 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
Fabulous place and a must see even if you have no interest in fashion. It is good to see how the making of the silks for kimonos has progressed and if you time it right there is a fashion show lasting 10 minutes which will show off some beautiful textiles and kimonos. Definitely worth a visit while in Kyoto.
Written September 10, 2016
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CorneliaKarlslund
Kyoto, Japan2 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
My partner and I went to Nishijin Textile Center in the hopes of buying a yukata, but it proved harder than it looked. When we asked one of the attendants why all the yukatas were looking slightly funny, she informed us that the models sold were not actual Japanese yukatas, but garments made for foreigners to buy as simplified house robes (some with pockets). She showed us a very small and boring selection of actual yukatas, immensely overpriced. Overall, the souvenirs were below the usual level in the city. Any tempel souvenir shop will provide you with the exact same wares at lower prices.

We stayed long enough to see part of the fashion show. It was interesting and beautiful.
Written May 16, 2014
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Lisa G
Grafton, Australia8 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
We arrived at Textile Centre just in time for the show, it was quite beautiful but not very traditional. The souvenirs are OK and nothing particular special. I was particularly interested in finding a vintage kimono as opposed to a new mass-produced yukata, which is what the textile centre only offers. I asked a staff member if they sold any and she then referred me to an unmarked old shop a few streets away:

Modoribashi Antique Kimono: 237 Yakunin-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/modoribashi?fref=ts

It had a moderate but fantastic choice of kimonos on a rail, all reasonably priced and good quality - some had a few small stains. I ended up buying three different kimonos and several fans then received a nice discount.

Definitely recommend it.
Written April 23, 2014
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Rebew2019
123 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
what a poor display and an even poorer attempt to showcase textile works. stuck in the (not so good) 80’s (trust me i was there, not good!!!!) if you liked this you should see a doctor...... i can’t help
you! couldn’t take photo was chased by sales lady out of the shop......
Written August 26, 2019
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Zapporah
Los Angeles, CA43 contributions
Jul 2019
If you love kimono, this is a great place for you! The fashion show is amazing, there were beautiful examples shown on stage from the super flamboyant and colorful to more subdued, mature beauty. All of them are lovely. I also enjoyed the museum pieces on the history of kimono and kimono creation. The gift shop though is dangerous – I could easily spend $1000 here! I love stores that sell more unique gifts and this was a great example of that.
Written August 6, 2019
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Duckbattle
Canberra28 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This was a pleasant way to fill in an hour, especially if you are interested in weaving. The 101 bus stops right out the front, so visiting is very easy. We went specifically to see the exhibition of Noh costumes in the Centre’s museum. The museum has two rooms: the first houses a permanent exhibition on the introduction of the Jacquard loom to Japan, and the second (I believe) houses temporary exhibitions of the various styles of Nishijin fabric. The Noh costumes and fabric samples ranged in age from 15th century to the 1970s, and the quality was amazingly high. Though we enjoyed the exhibition, it would have been improved by a little more information, such as photos of the costumes being worn or a description of why the motifs in the fabric were appropriate to the character or play.

After that, we took a look at the shop, which has a very large range of items and prices. The lower level has men’s accessories, while the upper level is much more varied - it has the sort of cheap souvenirs you can find anywhere, extremely expensive silk kimono, and all sorts of things in between. Again, the shop would benefit from highlighting the history and special features of the businesses that make these wonderful textiles, so the visitor can gain more of an appreciation of what they are buying. Be aware that waves of people flow through the place as a bus tour arrives or the time for the kimono fashion parade draws near. After a lengthy browse, we ended up buying some silk purses and a fabric sample. The Centre does not do the tax refund for tourists at the point of sale (maybe because of those waves of people), if that is of concern to you.

A fun feature of the shop area was a lady weaving on a Jacquard loom, which was really interesting to see in action. She was very skilled, and happy to explain as best she could what she was doing.
Written June 22, 2019
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DRMster
Europe148 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Not everyone's cup of tea but this is more than a textile factory. There's a real effort in Japan to save the kimono tradition and if you time your visit to catch a floor show you will see why.

Also on of the best souvenir shops we came across with reasonable prices.

The best part was that the owner has a relationship with one of the Geisha houses so he regularly gets a Geisha to perform a few times in the afternoon. It's free and lasts about 15 minutes. You can guarantee a front row seat for 1,000 Yen and get a personal photo with the Geisha afterwards. Really nice way to get the Geisha experience without spending a fortune.
Written March 4, 2017
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hkvisitor1997
Hong Kong, China539 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
My wife was in the fashion trade for a long time, one of the reason we visit this place, you learn some Japanese tradition fashion history and seeing a lady demonstration the weave machine, live silk worn growing in many stages, a free Kimono fashion show with models, afterward we stop by a souvenirs shop and bought many items to our friends, only hand full of people visit the place on the day we were there, my wife find it more interesting.
Written December 11, 2016
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