Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Kyoto

It would be a pity to leave Kyoto without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Kyoto, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: Japan » Kyoto (See other walking tours in Kyoto)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 km
Author: Daniel
Kyoto Handicraft Center

1) Kyoto Handicraft Center

What to buy here: Geta (Japanese clogs ) | Kimekomi dolls | Kyo Sensu (Folding Fan) | Kyo Yaki and Kyomizu Yaki | Kyo-shikki (Kyoto lacquerware) | Kyoto Damascene jewelry | Kyoto Handmade Washi Paper | Nishijin Traditional Textiles | Ukiyo-e.

Kyo Yaki and Kyomizu Yaki. The pottery/porcelain made in Kyoto is called Kyo Yaki and Kyomizu Yaki. The origins of Kyoto pottery can be traced to the 5th century in the area around Kyomizu-dera temple in the Higashiyama hills in the eastern part of...   view more

2) Zohiko

What to buy here: Kyo-shikki (Kyoto lacquerware).

Shikki (lacquerware) is a hallmark craft of Japan. Lacquerware has been an art for Japanese tableware for a very long time. Nowadays it is no longer used for the household and it is more of a luxury item. Kyoto lacquerware is known as Kyo-shikki and its history is closely related to the tea ceremonies. Kyoto is recognized as the center of the lacquer industry, because Kyo-shikki has a high quality and is elegant, sophisticated in design and...   view more

3) Ippodo

What to buy here: Uji-cha.

Uji-cha is a rich and aromatic loose green tea originating from Uji, a city on the southern outskirts of Kyoto. It is said that the history of tea in Japan began with master Zen Eisai who brought tea seeds to Kyoto from a trip to China. He shared some of the seeds he brought with the High Priest Myoe of Kozanji Temple at Toganoo. It was Myoe who chose Uji to grow tea trees and manufacture tea. After several innovations in the production of Uji-cha it became...   view more

4) Rokkaku

What to buy here: Kyoto Handmade Washi Paper.

Washi is one of the finest papers in the world in terms of quality and durability - for more than 1,000 years. Washi paper is made with fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, mitsumata shrub, or the paper mulberry. It may also be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat. Washi is made in a similar way to that of ordinary paper, but the process involves less chemicals. The Japanese used and still use washi for all kinds of things: window, door and...   view more
Kyoto International Manga Museum Shop

5) Kyoto International Manga Museum Shop

What to buy here: Manga is the Japanese word for comics and print cartoons. In the West the term manga refers to Japanese comics created by Japanese artists in the Japanese language according to the style developped in the late 19th century. Modern manga appeared shortly after World War II and has been increasingly popular both in Japan and the rest of the world. Manga include a broad range of genres from historical dramas to business and commerce. There are millions of manga fans all over the...   view more
Shoyeido Main Store

6) Shoyeido Main Store

What to buy here: Shoyeido incense.

According to the legend, about 1400 years ago a piece of fragrant wood drifted ashore the Japanese island of Awaji. The locals realized the unique fragrance coming from the wood and made it a present to empress Suiko. This is how the history of fragrance making began. The first incense available to the masses was made in the early 18th century by Rokubei Moritsune Hata. Twelve generations later the incense produced by Shoyeido is considered the most natural...   view more
Nishijin Textile Center

7) Nishijin Textile Center

What to buy here: Nishijin Traditional Textiles.

Nishijin weaving was created approximately 1200 years ago in Kyoto. After Kyoto became the capital in 794 productivity of Nishijin increased in order to provide the Imperial court and aristocracy with the needed materials. Then the need for materials began to decrease reducing productivity. In the Muromachi Period production of Nishijin textiles was at a minimum due to war and the demolition of almost the entire city of Kyoto. After the war...   view more

8) Hiyoshiya

What to buy here: Kyo Wagasa (Traditional Kyoto umbrellas).

Wagasa (Japanese umbrellas) were first introduced to Japan from China at the beginning of the Heian period. Then they were quite different from the ones from today and looked more like a straw hat and cape and were used to protect against the sunlight and evil spirits. The early Wagasa could not be folded. By the second half of the 14th century Japanese umbrellas had changed their appearance up to the way they look like nowadays....   view more

Walking Tours in Kyoto, Japan

Create Your Own Walk in Kyoto

Create Your Own Walk in Kyoto

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kyoto is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Philosopher's Path Area Walk

Philosopher's Path Area Walk

Tetsugaku no Michi, or Philosopher's Walk, is a well-known route in Kyoto which starts at the famous Ginkaku-ji Temple and heads south to the Nanzen-ji Temple. It follows a stone path by a cherry-tree-lined canal that was once walked daily by Nishida Kitaro, a famous philosopher and professor at Kyoto University. The Philosopher's Walk passes by some major shrines and other places of interest of Kyoto making up this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Kyoto without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Kyoto, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 km
Walking Tour in Shimogyo Ward

Walking Tour in Shimogyo Ward

The ancient capital Kyoto embraces several aspects of Japanese culture, being packed with shrines, temples, museums and other interesting spots. Each ward of this city boasts its own cultural heritage, as does the Shimogyo area, located right in the heart of Kyoto. Discover Shimogyo's most popular attractions in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Higashiyama Area Walking Tour

Higashiyama Area Walking Tour

Kyoto is a city made for tourists, especially the ones with love for history, interest in religion and, of course, Japanese culture. Many of Kyoto's attractions are located in the eastern part of the city, which, in turn, is split into wards. One of them is the Higashiyama Ward, home to several famous temples of Kyoto, as well as the popular Gion geisha district. To find out more about Higashiyama, take this walking tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Kyoto Museums Walking Tour

Kyoto Museums Walking Tour

Even though Kyoto is famous for its wide variety of religious sites, this city is the home of several museums as well. The majority of them are dedicated to Japanese culture, ranging from history to fashion and the arts. A large number of Kyoto's museums are located in its eastern areas, where the next self-guided tour is about to take you. Check it out and prepare to get an insight into the culture of one of the most powerful and refined nations of the world.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Central Kyoto Walking Tour

Central Kyoto Walking Tour

They say visiting Japan without seeing Kyoto is worthless, because a visit to Japan will never be complete without knowing Kyoto's treasures. A city of tradition, history, and culture, Kyoto has plenty of touristic spots to offer. The next walking tour takes you to the core of Kyoto and the main attractions of the city that are located in its central area. Enjoy!

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.4 km

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18 Japanese Products To Bring Home from Kyoto

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