Kyoto Handicraft Center

Kyoto Handicraft Center: Hours, Address, Kyoto Handicraft Center Reviews: 4/5

Kyoto Handicraft Center
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Speciality & Gift Shops • Lessons & Workshops
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Kyoto's largest souvenir and craft store, Kyoto Handicraft Center sells lacquerware, sake cups, kimono, pottery, pearls, dolls, cosmetics, and more in two buildings. It also offers craft-making workshops.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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4.0
231 reviews
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Very good
68
Average
38
Poor
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Terrible
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Stephen B
1 contribution
Online purchase
Aug 2021
I bought a CherryWood bark chop stick holder online. The product was sent DHL and I received it in 2 days. Amazing service and top quality!
Written August 21, 2021
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Dear Stephen B sama, Thank you very much for purchasing at the online shop. We are glad to hear that you receive the package in a safe way. We are always trying to respond promptly to every order. We hope you are enjoying the Cherry wood bark chopstick holder! Best Regards, Kyoto Handicraft Center EC team
Written October 6, 2021
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NewStar31
Kingston upon Thames, UK13 contributions
Wow! What a fantastic store!
Sep 2020 • Solo
I visited the store when I was in Kyoto a little while ago. It was an absolute delight to visit and I bought some things when I was there.

However when I returned home to the UK I realise there were other things I should’ve bought too. So I contacted them by email and bought some items online which they shipped over to me in the UK. From start to finish the customer service was excellent and I cannot praise them highly enough. The items I bought are also absolutely lovely. Thank you so much to everyone at the store, particularly Maiko who dealt with the online purchase and shipping.
Written September 14, 2020
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Dear NewStar31 San, Thank you very much for taking your precious time to share your recent experience at Kyoto Handicraft Center. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed shopping at our center and our online shopping. Maiko also happy to hear the items arrived safety. Hope it will be a good memory of Japan trip. We are looking forward to see you in the future!! Once again, thank you very much!! Arigato: ) Sincerely yours, Kyoto Handicraft Center
Written October 15, 2020
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KongHans1
Kristiansand, Norway376 contributions
Quality merchandise, do it yourself if you like
Mar 2020
Two floors with a lot of souvenirs or useful items. You can attend different workshops, and learn how to do Japanese handicraft. Or you can have a meal later on inside the building. Great for kids.
Written March 14, 2020
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KongHans1 san, Thank you very much for your wonderful review regarding the services we offer at Kyoto Handicraft Center. Currently we have minimized the number of staff members to prevent the spread of coronavirus, hence we will not be able to give the usual services you have mentioned in your review, unfortunately. (The workshops will be closed and the restaurant will be open only for short hours until March 31st 2020, as of right now.) However we have been patiently waiting and hoping to give the enjoyable experiences again soon. We hope to see you again when we do! Best regards, Kyoto Handicraft Center
Written March 20, 2020
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AraleMelbourne
Melbourne, Australia326 contributions
Upgraded
Jan 2020
This has upgraded quite a bit since the last time i visited which was 8 years ago. Back then the place was smaller and sold a lot more smaller inexpensive handcraft. this time, my impression is that it has become very commercial. Some of the items can be found cheaper in shops around Kyoto (i couldn't tell the difference between their quality but it could be better quality in this centre).

However, a number of positive improvements:
Firstly, I found items made by intellectually disabled people available. This I appreciate very much that the underprivileged are given exposure and rights. Needless to say I did purchase a few to support them.

Secondly, craft workshop which wasn't available previously is a very good addition. Both my mum and my children joined a workshop and enjoyed making different crafts. They were very satisfied with the experience. If you are able to book ahead, this is highly recommended. We had to wait till 4pm to get into the workshop.

Thirdly, the staff can speak a number of different language. They are so polite and very friendly. They also allow you time to browse and consider and never once rushed us. I spent some time browsing their Akoya pearls and I didn't feel pressured by them. .they only approached when they saw I was ready to ask to see something I really appreciate the space and freedom to think and consider.
The centre also have resting area for shopping companions who do not like to shop.
Written January 18, 2020
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Dear AraleMelbourne san, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We were very happy to hear your opinion. About 8 years ago, it was just after big earthquake hit Japan so it was very difficult to open whole floor for us. Now we are getting better and make effort to be a pleasant store for all tourist. Your review really encourage us so thank you very much again! For joining craft making workshop, we do accept on the day but advanced reservation is recommended since we sometime have group reservation. Hope your craft work will be good memories of Kyoto trip! We look forward to meeting you again. Sincerely yours, Kyoto Handicraft Center
Written January 19, 2020
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slg
7 contributions
Stopped in for a quick visit
Oct 2019
I really enjoyed stopping by this Center. It is a little like a museum gift shop. I liked the information about how some of the crafts are made. I bought a beautiful doll and it was shipped to my house in the US. It arrived in perfect condition on the day after I arrived home. I was very pleased with that purchase.
Written December 10, 2019
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Dear lovestrumpsall san, Thank you for your wonderful review regarding your recent visit! We are very happy to hear that your doll arrived safely. Hope it will be a good memory of Japan trip. Once again, thank you very much!! Kyoto Handicraft Center
Written December 11, 2019
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Paola_sydney
Sydney23 contributions
Interesting place to visit to see a variety of quality crafts
Dec 2019 • Family
There are two buildings crammed full of a variety of quality crafts, food and drinks. My daughter loved the books' section and bought an origami book. They have a large selection of kimonos and yukatas. Yes it is a souvenir shop but you can easily spend an hour or two just browsing. Stuff speak English and are very helpful. The website says they run some workshops but I didn't do any as I didn't have the time but would have loved to.
Written December 4, 2019
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Dear Paola_sydney San, Thank you very much for your recent visit Kyoto Handicraft Center and appreciated to take your valuable time to share your experience reflecting your last visit. We are very happy to hear that your daughter enjoyed the books section and she got Origami book :) We are looking forward to see you in next time. If you have chance to come again please enjoy our workshop too!! Best regards, Kyoto Handicraft Center
Written December 5, 2019
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NewcastleKiwigirl
Newcastle, Australia93 contributions
Pleasant unhurried shopping
Oct 2019
This shop is beautifully laid out with plenty of high quality items. I bought several things here for myself and others. I visited on my own (caught the bus) and at no time felt pressured to buy. They had a range of yukatas and I bought one for the equivalent of A$60 so very reasonable prices. It makes a lovely souvenir of Japan. I also found a woodblock print that I love and small gifts for family such as handkerchiefs, compact mirror and coasters. Take your passport and they will deal with the duty free very efficiently.
Written December 3, 2019
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Dear NewcastleKiwigirl San, Thank you so much for taking your precious time to post such a wonderful comment regarding your recent visit. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed shopping at Kyoto Handicraft Center. We look forward to meeting you again. Best regards, Kyoto Handicraft Center
Written December 4, 2019
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vichy
NYC500 contributions
MUST visit if you are a fan of crafting
Oct 2019
This was one of the best and most unique experiences I had during the entirety of my trip to Japan. If you are into crafting, I would highly, highly recommend you check out this center and see if you would be interested in the activities that they have on offer.

The star of it isn't necessarily all the local craft items they have on sale (though they do have plenty), but that they offer classes for you to experience how to create the local handicrafts themselves, everything from block printing to cloissone to clay bell painting. Check the time schedule and what specific classes they have on offer, but it's not very expensive and loads of fun. I did the block printing and had such a wonderful time.

Also as an FYI, with regards to shopping - note that in addition to the 2 floors available in the main building, there is another floor of items also available in the separate building next door where they hold the actual handicraft classes. Don't miss out.
Written October 20, 2019
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Dear vichy san, Thank you so much for taking your precious time to post such a wonderful comment regarding your recent visit. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed wood block printing class!! We hope to have another opportunity of welcoming you back in the future. Thank you very much again!! Best regards, Kyoto Handicraft Center
Written October 22, 2019
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Alan V
Beerwah, Australia152 contributions
The best of wonderful local crafts
Oct 2019 • Couples
This is the best collection of locally crafted items in Kyoto. Laquerware, fans, fukushiki, jewellery, woodblock prints, paintings, books, ceramics and others. The prices are varied but this is fine art so don't expect cheap.

We were happy with our purchases and would recomnend this to friends.
Written October 12, 2019
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Dear 524alanv san, Thank you very much for your recent visit Kyoto Handicraft Center and appreciated to take your valuable time to share your experience reflecting your last visit. We are very happy to hear from you that you enjoyed shopping in our shop!! We are looking forward to see you in next time. Best regards, Kyoto Handicraft Center
Written October 19, 2019
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virginiacurry
Dallas, TX24 contributions
Real traditional crafts at affordable prices
Sep 2019
Be patient! You are the one who does not speak Japanese (unless you're luck and you do. Do not go here with a bogus tour group. Go on your own and have a ball! The ladies are extremely helpful and speak a little of a LOT of languages. There are videotapes shown which demonstrate the artists doing their work, from demasciado gold work to pearls. There is absolutely something for everyone. I would suggest making a pile of everything you want since over $50. it's all duty free---on ONE SALE. unless you have multiples objects over 50$ (5K yen)
We actually stopped, went for a bite around the block and came back to shop more. Very sweet helpful ladies with a ton of patience.; This is the kind of visit that folks charge you for as a tour and you can either find it one your own or just show the taxi the address. Nice neighborhood, clean, helpful, reasonable. What more could you want??
Written September 17, 2019
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Dear virginiacurry san, Thank you very much for your visit and wonderful review regarding your recent visit. Your comment cannot be more perfect, and we are truly pleased to hear that we were able to provide the service that you feel happy! I hope you found your own nice Yukata/Kimono. We are looking forward to have another opportunity to welcome you back in near future! Once again, thank you very much. Sincerely yours, Kyoto Handicraft Center
Written September 19, 2019
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