Souvenir Shopping Part 2, Kyoto

Souvenir Shopping Part 2, Kyoto
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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.

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


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