Pick up a token of business prosperity at Fukunoya gift store after a visit to Inari Fushimi Shrine, where the god of good business resides. Fukunoya sells a colourful selection of Japanese altar ornaments and good luck charms which make great souvenirs for work colleagues or loved ones at home. The most popular items for foreign visitors include key rings and cute maneki-neko (beckoning cats).
- Opening Hours: Saturday–Thursday from 8.30am to 4.30pm
- Location: 58 Fukakusa Yabunochicho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, 612-0882, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75-641-1253
Antiques Grand Fair at Pulse Plaza
This is the largest antiques fair in Japan and takes place 3 times a year. It's a grand affair, attracting over 300 dealers from across the globe to sell their exquisite and unique antique items.
As admission is free, it is almost as good as visiting a museum for the wealth of historically significant items on display. Even if you don’t have the cash to purchase anything, it's well worth a visit for the experience of being in a room with so many significant antiques.Pulse Plaza is in Takeda, around 10 minutes south of Kyoto station. There's a free shuttle bus from Takeda station on the Karasuma line.
- Opening Hours: Held 3 times a year for 3 days at a time
- Location: 5 Takeda Tobadonocho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, 612-8450, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)77 522 2307
Toji Temple flea market
On the 21st of every month, Toji Temple hosts one of Japan’s oldest and biggest flea markets, known as Kobo-san. The market appeals to bargain hunters and collectors from all over the country, as it is a good place to buy authentic Japanese antique furniture and textiles, jewellery, art, kimonos and unique decorative household items. It's best to get there early as the best items tend to sell quickly. The environment is relaxed and friendly, although you may resort to a lot of pointing and gesturing to communicate.
- Opening Hours: 21st of each month from 7am to 4pm
- Location: 1 Kujocho, Minami Ward, Kyoto, 601-8473, Japan