Kimura Oshido is a shop that specialises in traditional Japanese dolls – especially dolls from Kyoto – and their various accessories. To find the shop, just go to the magnificent Kiyomizu Temple. It’s just next door. Each of the dolls have their own meaning. For example, hinaningyo dolls are placed in the house to pray that daughters will grow up joyfully. Baby dolls are for wishing the recipient to have many more healthy children. Lucky cat dolls are commonly known as a traditional Japanese symbol and each nuance means something different. Make sure you visit this shop to learn more about traditional Japanese dolls.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
- Location: 1-263 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto, 605-0862, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 541 7326
Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu (Handmade cotton bags)
Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu is a local Kyoto brand featuring mainly handmade cotton bags in various styles and colours. Other popular items include aprons, hats, writing utensils, bags and letter organizers. The shop has a repair section, too. The products from Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu are functional, everyday items and highly regarded by locals. In fact, several Kyoto hotels use these products. Find this boutique shop just south of Higashiyama subway station.
- Opening Hours: Wednesday–Monday from 9am to 6pm (closed on Tuesdays)
- Address: 602 Takabatake-cho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto, Japan 605-0017
- Tel: +81 (0)75-541-0436
With a beautiful range of stunning oiled-paper umbrellas, Kasagen is a good place to pick up an authentic memento of Kyoto. All throughout the city’s famous Gion district, the majestic geisha protect their priceless kimono with these umbrellas, and they also provide portable shade from the sun. In business for more than 140 years, Kasagen stands by the durability of its umbrellas offering a guarantee your products will last for years. Kasagen also makes umbrellas on behlaf of the Imperial Household Agency – an incredibly high honour.
- Opening Hours: Thursday–Tuesday from 10am to 7pm (closed on Wednesdays)
- Location: 284 Gion-machi, Kita-gawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75-561-2832