Specialty Shops in Kyoto

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Gift & Specialty Shops in Kyoto

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  • Tracey B
    Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
    Best thing to do in Kyoto, especially
    If you have kids (from young kids to teens). The experience was authentic, fun and interesting - highly recommend it!
    Written December 30, 2022
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  • Kumi
    Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
    Putting on a Kimono is not easy and many Japanese people usually go to a class to learn it, or ask someone to put it on for them. But all the Kimonos and Yukatas they sell are easy-to-put-on style, it comes in two pieces and you can easily put it on by yourself. Even a non-Japanese person should be able to do it, just need to read the instructions that comes with it carefully.
    Price is reasonable for quality products with great selections, but the best of all is the customer service. I'm sure the friendly staff will help you to pick the best items to suit your needs with the world-famous amazing Japanese customer services.
    I'm a Japanese person who lives overseas and had the most impressive experience with them. I'm extremely happy with the Kimono, Obi and all other accessories that they have selected for me to go with the Kimono. Thank you, Manabe-san!
    Written April 4, 2022
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  • mike d
    Mexico City, Mexico83 contributions
    I always come here to stock up on fine green tea products and supplies. an amazing establishment with knowledgeable courteous and helpful staff and a great tradition.
    Written September 18, 2020
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  • Emma K
    Newcastle, Australia25 contributions
    The Shibori workshop was a highlight of my trip. I arrived at 10 am and was able to immediately attend a Shibori workshop with an instructor who spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable. As I was the only English speaker there I got a private class. It was great to be able to try my hand at this ancient craft. Following the class I got a private tour of the small museum, I did not realise there were so many techniques. If you enjoy craft I highly recommend doing a class.
    Written January 14, 2020
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  • Becky
    Spencers Wood, UK2 contributions
    My boyfriend and I visited today and made some beautiful trays. We were seated in the traditional workshop, and made our trays alongside the 4th generation family who run the shop, and have been making their artwork for over 100 years. Nick also showed us some of the beautiful pieces his grandfather had made which were exquisite, alongside all the beautiful newer pieces in the store! Nick was an incredible host, and very informative and accommodating, with excellent English. If you are in Kyoto, would highly recommend this class, it’s easy to book on the website and is only a 5 min walk from the bamboo forest and temples. Thank you again, Nick!
    Written November 11, 2019
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  • lindsayshen
    Los Angeles, CA9 contributions
    This small store has such a friendly vibe. The owner spent time with me, considering the best item for my needs. Very personable, good quality. Definitely worth the trip - the store is on the second floor of a building in a small lane but an online map can find it.
    Written October 21, 2019
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  • jmrs7
    Marietta, GA13 contributions
    8 of us rented kimonos and had a great experience. The ladies collection was not as extensive as I have seen in some of the other shops but the location is fantastic and the women working in the shop, dressing us and doing our hair were lovely and our experience was great fun and very positive. I did not give it a 5 based on the selection but we all looked amazing and I would rent from them again.
    Written August 6, 2019
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  • Adrian N
    3 contributions
    When I travel to a different city in Japan, i always do my research on which cutlery shops are the best. Who makes their own knives? Who is well known? Do they have what I'm looking for? Shigeharu caught my attention simply for two reasons, they were the oldest in Kyoto and (best part) you buy the knives from the blacksmith himself! Aritsugu knives have a great selection of handmade knives and are known throughout the world but their knives arent made in kyoto, theyre made in Sakai. Shigeharu knives may not have the luxury look and feel as Aritsugu knives but they DEFINITELY have more character than their respected competitors at Aritsugu. I myself have bought knives from these two sources (1 honyaki from Aritsugu and 2 santouku from Shigeharu) and I cant really say which one is better. Yes Aritsugu knives look more luxurious if that's what you're into, but Shigeharu puts more character into their work. The knives really give off a tough, working knife look to it, but performs just as good as any high priced knife out there. The shop owner at Shigeharu will come out and talk to you about his work and the history if you're willing to have a chat. The guy is really cool and very helpful. Theyll engrave your name on the knife as well.
    Written November 28, 2020
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  • Marius P
    Oslo, Norway1,701 contributions
    Rented a kimono for my wife. Great selection, but the bow in the back was not pretty. No line or reservation necessary, but recommended.
    Written June 29, 2019
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  • menibonsignore
    Buenos Aires19 contributions
    Absolutely in love with this small place. I loved every single thing from it. I’m a ceramist also, so i just stopped for a visit and to play with clay for a little bit. He was so kind and patience.
    It was magic. Go to this place, you’re gonna love it.
    Written May 7, 2020
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  • Craig Farmer
    Sydney, Australia9 contributions
    The owner is a knife sharpener who sells knives from Osaka & surrounding prefectures. He speaks very little English but enough to assist you. The knives are labeled with a code system so you know what steel they are made from. There a a good range of blade shapes & sizes. The service is very warm & helpful. Prices are very reasonable and certainly cheaper then the Nishiki Market and Tokyo. You will need to allow some time for the knives to be sharpened, and engraved if you choose the option. For us it was 2 hours.
    Written February 13, 2020
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  • AraleMelbourne
    Melbourne, Australia368 contributions
    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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  • Cwatsonandtravel
    Tweed Heads, Australia29 contributions
    We found this little shop by accident and what a lovely surprise.
    Filled with Japanese antiques and collectables.
    Quirky music added to the experience.
    Written November 14, 2019
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  • Simone
    Tokyo, Japan5 contributions
    If you‘re looking for a memorable kimono shooting with different styles and settings to chose from and stunning photos I highly recommend booking with Esperanto Kokoro Kyoto Okazaki Studio.

    I booked only two days in advance and was on a tight schedule too but the staff was very kind and helpful.
    I chose the Oiran makeover plan A which includes 3 prints in the end and I opted for the data as well.

    I could choose the kimono, hairstyle, make-up style and colors and the hair accessories. The transformation was amazing and I absolutely loved the result. During the shooting the photographer helps you with the poses so you don’t have to worry about it. After the shooting you can take some selfies too in a dedicated booth.

    I wasn’t sure if a kimono shooting was something I would enjoy but I‘m so happy that I did it.
    Written May 31, 2022
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  • Adrian N
    3 contributions
    Aritsugu sells great product. Though they are known for their cutlery, they also sell other cooking essentials like pots. The best thing about their product, its all handmade. Their knives are very well crafted and respected around the world. They are arguably the most well known cutlery shop in Kyoto. Their showroom of knives is like walking through an art gallery, beautifully represented.

    The reason why I give it 4 out of 5 is because of one minor but 'personal' detail. Their knives aren't made in their shop, nor in Kyoto. They are made in Sakai. The knives are definitely made with exquisite craftsmanship though. I don't know if they have their own workshop in Sakai, or if they contract a team of blacksmiths to do their work, but their knives definitely are some of the best. If I simply had to put review their knives alone I would give them a 5 out of 5.

    If youre in Kyoto looking into purchasing a knife straight from the source and blacksmith, I recommend visiting shigeharu. They are found a block away from Nijo Castle.
    Written November 28, 2020
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