Kyoto exudes the very essence of the Japanese culture and proudly presents its impressive cultural heritage, so naturally, it is the best place in Japan to get an authentic piece of the Japanese fascinating insignia. Prepare to be tempted by the many shopping options in the city, both in large shopping centers and in the most intimate and hidden markets. From the Washi (traditional Japanese paper), Yukata (light summer robes) to the martial art goodies, handmade arts & crafts. Regardless of your preferences, few must haves from Kyoto come in a variety of colours, shapes & sizes supported by the endearing Japanese Irrashaimase (Welcome), right on the doorstep.
1. ORIGAMI & SHODO ACCESSORIES
Reach deep into the Japanese master skill of Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy), the most refined and ancient Japanese calligraphic art. Learning the skill requires somewhat of an effort, but if you are intrigued, all the calligraphy brushes and calligraphy accessories you can hardly imagine existing can be found at the- under the radar – Kyoto Kyukyodo Honten shop on Teramachi. The offer extends beyond the Shodo, with some of the finest postcards & stationary that can be purchased here, luring with the Japanese precision and meaningful signs, creating a picture perfect authentic gift from Japan.
For the famous folding fun of origami and Kami,or Koiy paper (used for Origami) head over to the Morita Washi paper shop, well known shop in Kyoto, sharing the throne with Kamiji Kakimoto in the Downtown area. Washi (Japanese handmade paper), as a perfect giftwrap for your Japanese souvenirs, comes in numerous designs and colours you can choose from.
Name: KYUKYODO HONTEN SHOP
Address: Japan,〒604-8091 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, 520Teramachi Dori
Name: MORITA WASHI
Address: Japan, 〒600-8095Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Ogisakayacho
2. YUKATA (traditional summer robe)
Lighter, on the wallet and otherwise, is a version of kimono called yukata “yu” (bath) and “katabira” (under clothing), a casual garment worn in Japan mostly in Onsens, Ryokans and during the summer time. Made of cotton, as the main difference from the elegant silky Kimono, yukata is a cosy option, easy to wear. No need for an extra pair of hands to put it on, just have in mind to overleap the left side with the right side and secure with the Obi (a broad strip). Available in many kimono shops with the top options you can find here: Shopping for Kimono in Kyoto
Iconic garment of Japan, a certain symbol of the magnificent Edo period, the times of shoguns and geishas, today is a reminder of the ancient traditions still nurtured all over Japan, inseparably linked with the modern lifestyle. Kimono is today used for weddings, festivals, shrine visits and all of the important events in the Japanese life and according to the social status. There is a type of Kimono for every occasion, from the wedding Uchikake to the most famous Furisode, once worn only by the young and single ladies. It is a fascinating piece of Japan you will want to take with you. Find your kimono here: Shopping for Kimono in Kyoto
4. KYO-YAKI, POTTERY FROM KYOTO
Traditional pottery originating from Kyoto, inspired by the Japanese tea ceremony and the rituals around it, is without a doubt, for all those visiting the ancient Japanese capital, a precious option in search of a handmade souvenirs. Small shops in the local markets, especially that of Kobo-san, offer real gems and masterpieces of the handy crafted chinaware with different styles and style fusion. Asahido Honten right next to the gates of Kiyomizu Temple is a store specializing in “Kyoyaki-Kiyomizuyaki and a great place to get your hands on some handmade Japanese ceramics.
Address: 280-1 Kiyomizu,Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
5. WOODBLOCK PRINTS
For all the collectors and curious Daishodo is a must-see store in Kyoto.
Located in the open gallery of Teramachi, the shop, which warmly welcomes it’s visitors with pleasant and warm beige colours has been opened since 1926, and offers an impressive collection ofprints and ancient books of the Edo era (1603-1868), karuta (traditional card game), kyo-hanga (matchboxes with a famous design) and other original impressions on wood.
Address: Japan, 〒604-8045
Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Enpukujimaecho, 274-2
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