One in eight tourists to Kyoto from overseas visits this six-storey emporium, which opened in 1967. Many tour buses make a ... More
Kyoto Handicraft Center
One in eight tourists to Kyoto from overseas visits this six-storey emporium, which opened in 1967. Many tour buses make a stop here. Overseas residents also find souvenirs here, which can be gifted to near and dear ones. A great range of goods is for sale: damascene, cloisonne, swords, kimonos, fans, Noh masks, antique and contemporary woodblock prints, lacquerware, pearls, pottery, cameras, books, dolls, multi-system video recorders, silk, kites and gold-leaf goods. There is even a handicraft school on the sixth floor. Free simple maps of the city are available.
The place was very nice and very visitor friendly with English speaking staff and many handicrafts for the tourist who would want to show off the fact that they have been to Japan. However if you want real Japanese crafts (i.e. fans, fabrics, saki or a saki set, carvings, art blocks, green tea or a green tea set, insencse, etc.) then this is the wrong place for you. I had a Japanese friend who got me all of these things for much cheaper with a much higher quality from various stores and merchants. There is a pagoda temple, whose name I don't recall that has an arts and crafts fair once a month. Go there. They can make anything for you. Its authentic, can fit any budget, is the best price you can get for any level of quality, and has everything customizeable to your tastes.
This is an excellent place for visitors to purchase Japanese artisan works and souvenirs. Every store space is well stocked and the store personnel are very helpful. Many employees speak multiple languages and if not, seek someone who can help. The cafe and buffet are also very good to enjoy a mid-day snack or lunch. Having visited there twice in two years it is my first stop to shop and spend yen. With the nearby temple, this is a recommended stop.
Budget Business Hotel occupying upper floors of a commercial building opposite train station. Amenities:Air Conditioning (In Room). Refrigerator. Telephone. Television
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