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219 Kajiyacho Nishikikojidori Gokomachi Nishi Iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8052, Kyoto Prefecture
Shinkyogoku Shopping District
+81 75-221-1091
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I collect different cooking knives from around the world as memories but also to use daily and I have been waiting a long time to go to Japan to buy a Hocho or traditional Japanese cooking knife. I found it and I’m so happy! The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I'm sure if you shop around you could find many examples of cooking knives. I just wanted a vegetable knife and a sturdy Santoku. Found both here. Staff was very attentive. I love my two new knives!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Chris V
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

Famous brand among chefs throughout the world and the store is beautiful. You can have your initials engraved on the spot! Sounds good but I was shocked that all transactions were cash only. With a street that is crowded with tourists I found this to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

I bought two knives from Aritsugu and they are without a doubt the nicest and sharpest knives I have ever purchased. I was looking forward to purchasing a knife from Aritsugu when I visited Kyoto, and the knives did not disappoint! My knife cost per...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank JordanG2009
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

I hate to write negative reviews but I feel compelled to write this to let my fellow travelers know. It just pains me to watch you guys pay 2-3x the amount that other authentic Japanese knife shops charge in the Kyoto area. I, myself also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank jtran53
Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

Visited looking for a kitchen knife, but was informed all the blades were carbon steel. That’s a non-starter for me since I know myself and I wouldn’t dry them fully (causing them to rust). Just a heads up for anyone else looking at this store....More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Footprints748612
Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

If you looking for a Japanese cooking knife, this is the place to go. My Japanese friend to go here and I found the knife for my husband as a gift. Staff speaks English very well and they make sure you know about handle and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Faith C
Reviewed July 13, 2018

I was waiting for this gift to myself for a long time. I went to the Tokyo store at the beginning of the trip but decided to wait to see the Kyoto store to buy my knife. With the possibility to return to Tokyo in...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank coteriopel
Reviewed June 25, 2018

The souvenir I wanted the most from my trip to Japan was a knife with my name engraved on it. I love to cook and I love Japanese knives...up until now, all purchased in the U.S. The store assistant was very helpful and quickly explained...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Wxgirl2013
Reviewed June 19, 2018

During my first time in Japan I wanted to buy a quality but daily use knife. A friend took me there and they showed me several, and I picked one that I love, it was engraved immediately.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Shinkyogoku Shopping District
Those who delight in shopping and cuisine will find
themselves at home in Shinkyogoku. Lauded and visited
by locals for its Nishiki Market, where baskets of
fragrant spices, dried fish, and just-fried foods are
piled high along the snaking streets of its enclosed
outdoor shopping spaces, Shinkyogoku is not only a hub
for fresh fare, but also for fast fashion fixes.
Trends-in-the-making can be spotted in the tall
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Montreal, Canada
Bringing back a kitchen knife from Japan (7 Replies)
I want to buy a kitchen knife from the Aritsugu knife shop in Kyoto. I know enough not to pack it in my carry-on coming back from Japan to go back to Canada, but what else do I need to do to make sure it's not confiscated? Is there a form I need to fill? Thanks for sharing any info you have!
April 23, 2009|
Response fromMacsubi|
The only way is to check it in to baggage. If you can, call your carrier to confirm. You can always mail it home.
Kyoto Day tour coming from Osaka (2 Replies)
Hi, can someone help me arrange our schedule? These are the places we wanted to go and I don't know which one should we go first according to it's locations. Hoping to get some help :) Thank you xx KYOTO ◦ Tenryuji Temple/Togetsukyo Bridge/Iwatayama Monkey Park ◦ Arashiyama Bamboo Groves ◦ Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion)/Ginkaku-ji (The Silver Pavilion) ◦ Kiyomizu-dera Temple ◦ Chio-in Temple ◦ Nishiki Market (for lunch maybe and get some Aritsugu knives) ◦ Fushimi Inari...More
April 23, 2017|
Response fromandreyt59|
This is WAY too packed. You echnically could do this all in a day, but you'd have to spend about 10 minutes at each place, as they are all very spread out, and you'd spend more time in transit between them. As a geeral suggection, drop the bamboo grove — it's very overrated. Also note that despite their names, Kikakuji and Ginkakuji are in different parts of Kyoto. Otherwise, the usual way is to start early in the morning from Kyoto station to Fushimi Inari station on Keihan line, then...More
Bergen, Norway
Best place to buy Japanese chef knife (6 Replies)
Hi, What would the best place to buy Japanese chef knifes in Kyoto, I have read about stores called Shigeharu (重春), Kikuichimonji (菊一文字) and Aritsugu. Are these still operating and what would be best place be to buy knifes? All the best Terje
July 11, 2015|
Response fromShibuyakko|
Try their nail clippers, too. They are amazingly sharp. Once you use them, you can't settle for others.