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Kyoto’s craftsmanship is still the best in Japan. Shining lacquerware, silk, kimonos, and delicate gold fans are still made and sold here – many have jaw-dropping price tags, but more reasonably priced alternatives are also available.

Shopping in Kyoto


Antique-lovers will be satisfied with what Kyoto’s Shinmonzen-dori neighborhood has to offer. Specialty shops each tend to have their own focus, allowing visitors to browse extensive selections of items like tea sets, dolls, or Buddhist art.

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If wandering around tiny craft shops is your idea of heaven, head for the intersection of Kawaramachi-dori and Shijo-dori. You can browse through lacquerware, tea ceremony items, and fans.

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Flea Market

Flea markets are very popular in Kyoto. The top spot for bagging bargains is at Toji Temple, which hosts a lively market on the 21st of each month.

Toji Temple; 1 Kujo-cho, Minami-ku, 011-81-75-691-3325
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Japanese department stores sell reasonably priced craft goods and typically have their own kimono departments. Isetan department store in Kyoto station is a great place to start.

Karasuma-dori, 011-81-75-352-1111, (Japanese only)
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Kyoto Ceramics Center

The road approaching Kiyomizu Temple is full of quality pottery shops. None, however, matches the selection at the two-story Kyoto Ceramics Center, walking distance from the temple.

Gojo-dori Higashi-oji Higashi-Iru, Higashiyama-ku, 011-81-75-541-1103
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Wagashi (Japanese candy) is as beautifully presented as any Kyoto cuisine. There are shops scattered throughout Kyoto, but at Toraya there is a tearoom 65-feet away where you can taste before you buy.

Karasuma-Nishi-iru; Ichijo-dori; Kamigyo-ku, 011-81-75-441-3113,
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