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Higashiyama Shopping

Where to Shop in Higashiyama - Kyoto

With its ancient history and plethora of iconic attractions Higashiyama is the place to find unique souvenirs of your visit to Kyoto. The area of Gion is the best place to find such traditional items as kimonos and the exquisite accessories that complete them; combs, fans, umbrellas, or the garb of the samurai including the sword.

Don’t be surprised if your bill for such products is in excess of $30,000. You will also find some beautiful ceramics and porcelain in the pottery district located outside Kiyomizu Temple.

Art and antique collectors will be enthralled by Shinmonzen-dori, an unpretentious row of modest two-storey shop houses that focus on authentic wood block prints, bronze works, lacquerware, scrolls, paintings and antiques.

Higashiyama has wonderful shopping opportunities amongst its historic cobble-stone streets just waiting to be found.

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Monju

This shop sells authentic Japanese lacquerware items including soup bowls, plates, platters, chopstick holders, incense holders and even chopstick cases. The shop is proud to not offer the inferior plastic versions sold at many other Kyoto souvenir stores. Made from the Asian sumac wood the lacquer is painstakingly applied one coat at a time to achieve the high-gloss strength of genuine Japanese lacquerware.

  • Opening Hours: Fri - Wed 10:30 - 19:30
  • Location: Hanamikoji Higashi-iru, Shijo-dori, Higashiyama-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 525 1617
  • How to get there: City Bus 206 or 100 to Gion bus stop / Train: Keihan Line, Shijo Station; Hankyu Line, Kawaramachi Station

Kyoningyo Kimura Oshido (Japanese Dolls)

Kyoningyo Kimura Oshido is a shop that specializes in traditional Japanese dolls, especially dolls from Kyoto, and their various accessories. To find the shop just go to the magnificent Kiyomizu Temple and 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 the daughters will grow up joyfully. Baby dolls are for wishing the recipient to have many more healthy children. The 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 09:00 – 17:00
  • Location: 1-263 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-Ku, next to the Kiyomizu Temple
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 541 7326
  • How to get there: City Bus 206 or 100 to Gion bus stop / Train: Keihan Line, Shijo Station; Hankyu Line, Kawaramachi Station
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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.

  • Opening Hours: Wed – Mon 09:00 - 18:00
  • Location: Higashioji-dori Komon-mae Kita, Higashi-ku
  • How to get there: City Bus 206 or 100 to Gion bus stop. / Train: Keihan Line, Shijo Station; Hankyu Line, Kawaramachi Station
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Kasagen

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, 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.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 21:00
  • Location: 284 Gion-machi, Kita-gawa, Higashiyama-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 561 2832
  • How to get there: City Bus 206 or 100 to Gion bus stop / Train: Keihan Line, Shijo Station; Hankyu Line, Kawaramachi Station
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Asahi-do

Kyoto porcelain is renowned for its fine durable quality and right in the heart of the pottery district you’ll find Asahi-do specializing in beautiful hand-painted Kyoto porcelain. Crockery, vases, decorative items are all available among this wide variety of fine porcelain.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 16:00
  • Location: 1-280 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 531 2181
  • How to get there: City Bus 206 or 100 to Gion bus stop. / Train: Keihan Line, Shijo Station; Hankyu Line, Kawaramachi Station
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