Souvenir Shopping Part 2, 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 2 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
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: 7.3 km
Author: Daniel
Kyoto Craft Mart

1) Kyoto Craft Mart

What to buy here: Kyoto Damascene jewelry.

Damascene jewelry is finely handcrafted jewelry with designs composed of gold and silver embedded into base metal, like steel. Damascene-style work is believed to have been practiced by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, but it was brought to a high form of art by the craftsmen from Damascus more than 2000 years ago. From there it got carried along the Silk Road to Japan during the Nara period (710-794). Around the same time the Moors...   view more
Ashida and Nakayama doll shop

2) Ashida and Nakayama doll shop

What to buy here: Kimekomi dolls.

The first Kimekomi dolls were created in 1736 in Kyoto and were called Kamo-ningyou because they were made at the Kami Kamo shrine. The first to make Kimekomi dolls was Takahashi Tadashige. The dolls are made of wood, wood compo, or (in some modern dolls) plastic foam by carving narrow grooves on the doll's body. Different designs using cloth scraps are planned , the cloth is glued and its edges are tucked in the grooves. The head and hands (if any) of...   view more
Ohnishi Tsune Shoten

3) Ohnishi Tsune Shoten

What to buy here: Kyo Sensu (Folding Fan).

The first Kyo-sensu were created more than 1000 years ago and have since been employed in a number of ways, changing to suit the times, and sought after by all manner of people. Sensu are used on formal occasions, for example, in certain ceremonies and at special events. Many visitors to Kyoto regardless of age and sex buy sensu as souvenirs. There are different types of Kyo-sensu used on different occasions such as tea ceremonies, Japanese...   view more
Shinkyogoku Shopping Street

4) Shinkyogoku Shopping Street

What to buy here: Geta (Japanese clogs ).

Geta are a form of traditional Japanese footwear that resemble both clogs and flip-flops worn with traditional Japanese clothing such as kimono or yukata. In Japan they are also worn with Western clothing during summer. Geta are made of one piece of solid wood with two wooden blocks underneath and a fabric thong. There are several styles of Geta differing in shape and design. Geta were the most used type of footwear in Japan before shoes began to be...   view more
Yojiya Main Store

5) Yojiya Main Store

What to buy here: Yojiya Traditional Cosmetics.

Yojiya was founded in 1904 in Kyoto. It all began with a cart from which cosmetic products were sold. Then the founder opened a stor in the center of the city and called it Kunieda-shoten. Later the store was relocated to one of the busiest quarters of the city Shinkyogoku, and the name was changed to Yojiya. This name was previously used as a nickname for the store and it derived from the toothbrushes that were sold in the store. Over the time...   view more
Kyoto Nishiki Food Market

6) Kyoto Nishiki Food Market

What to buy here: Kyotsukemono.

Tsukemono are pickled vegetables from Japan, Kyotsukemono are pickles produced in Kyoto. There are three main kinds of tsukemono in Kyoto: suguki, made of suigukina (a kind of turnip); shibazuke, made of myouga (a kind of ginger), shiso (perilla) and kamonasu (a kind of eggplant grown in Kamigamo in Kyoto); senmaizuke, made of shogoinkabura (the biggest type of turnip grown in Shogoin in Kyoto). Tsukemono is a common food in Japan and is served in many places....   view more

7) Daishodo

What to buy here: Ukio-e are Japanese Woodblock Prints that were popular between the 17th and 20th century. The word Ukiyo-e was Buddhist in origin and meant “sad world”, but by the 17th century the meaning was changed to “floating world”, Ukiyo-e became “pictures of the floating world” due to the images that were depicting a world of transient pleasures and a carefree existence. These paintings were often simple posters advertising theater performances and brothels, or idol...   view more
Nuishou Inagaki

8) Nuishou Inagaki

What to buy here: Kyonui embroidery.

It is considered that embroidery arrived to Japan along the Silk Road from China and India. At first Japanese embroidery consisted of mere reproductions of works from Asia, but by the early Heian period it had evolved into a distinct Japanese style. During the 16th and 17th centuries embroidery was increasingly used for beautiful kimono designs. Gold and silver threads were extensively. Embroidery has become a craft form specific to some regions. One of...   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.
Ukyo-ku Walking Tour

Ukyo-ku Walking Tour

Ukyo-ku is one of the eleven wards of Kyoto and it comprises the northwestern corner of the city. This area contains a large number of important religious complexes, some of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most famous attractions of Ukyo-ku in Kyoto are selected and described in the next walking tour. So check it out and enjoy your Kyoto adventure.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.7 km
Kita-ku Temples and Shrines Tour

Kita-ku Temples and Shrines Tour

Kita-ku is one of Kyoto's wards, located in the northern part of the city. Kita Ward contains some spectacular religious sites, such as the famous Golden Pavilion and the ancient Daitoku-ji Temple, as well as a museum dedicated to world peace. Find them all selected and described in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 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
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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: 6.9 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
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

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18 Japanese Products To Bring Home from Kyoto

18 Japanese Products To Bring Home from Kyoto

The old capital of Japan, the city of Kyoto has once again been the talk of the world lately, thanks to the bestselling "Memoirs of a Geisha" book and the namesake Hollywood blockbuster movie. Renowned for its impeccable craftsmanship, Japan has so much to amaze a foreign eye with. Many of...