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Kamigyo Shopping

Where to Shop in Kamigyo - Kyoto

Shopping in Kamigyo is dominated by the wonderful Tenjin-san flea market held on the 25th of every month at the Kitano Tenman-gu Temple. With over 1000 stalls, the market fills three sides of the temple compound and its surrounding streets with a fantastic array of handmade Japanese crafts, antiques and collectables. Several merchants sell vintage textiles, silk and pre-loved kimonos. There is also a whole section devoted to cooked foods, Japanese tea, pickles and condiments also Japanese sweets.

In addition to the flea market many Kamigyo shops specialize in traditional Japanese products such as calligraphy supplies, confectionery, textiles and kimono. Get off the main roads and stroll through the Kamigyo side streets to find little commercial gems.

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Nishijin Textiles Centre

This famous textiles centre is the pride of Kyoto. With its long history of surviving many setbacks, including wars, the centre has a reputation of being a ‘tough guy’ and has a good name all over the country. When visiting Nishijin, visitors will have the chance to try on kimonos and experience weaving by traditional methods. There is also a kimono fashion show several times per day. Call the centre for more information beforehand as certain activities need advance booking. Before leaving the centre, don’t forget to check out the onsite shop which features a good variety of beautiful items such as kimonos, obi, ties, gold brocade, fabrics, woven small goods and household goods.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 -17:00
  • Location: Horikawa- Imadegawa Minami-iru Kamigyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 451 9231
  • How to get there: City Bus Stop Horikawa-Imadegawa
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Aizen Kobo

Entering Aizen Kobo is like walking into a family home. The Utsuki family have been in the weaving business for generations and their hand-woven and hand-dyed indigo textiles are the finest in Kyoto, perhaps all of Japan. The owner Utsuki-san, is considered a master at his craft and his dyed textile is guaranteed never to fade. Utsuki-san will be happy to show you many samples of the dyed and woven goods including the articles of clothing designed by his wife Hisako.

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
  • Location: Omiya Nishi-Iru, Nakasuji-dori, Kamigyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 441 0355
  • How to get there: Karasuma Line, Imadegawa Station
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Ryushido

Artists and appreciators of Japanese calligraphy and sumi-e (ink wash painting) should definitely visit Ryushido to browse through their stacks of beautiful handmade papers and scrolls. Find excellent quality writing brushes, ink stones and ink sticks. Unique paperweights are a practical gift for anyone with a desk or select from a range of striking block prints, paintings and scrolls.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Nijo-agaru, Tera-machi-dori, Kamigyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 252 4120
  • How to get there: JR Line, Nijo Station
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Matsumoto Mokei

Train and model enthusiasts shouldn’t miss this lovely little shop full of model trains, real train engines and parts and engine lamps. The shop has a scale model of the 70000 Britannia train. The selection of model trains kits is dominated by Japanese electric and steam locomotives however there are some international models.

  • Opening Hours: Tue - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
  • Location: Teramachi Imadegawa agaru
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 231 5437
  • How to get there: JR Line, Nijo Station
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Shioyoshi-ken

Surprise your loved ones at home with a box of colourful Japanese sweets. Shioyoshi-ken has been in the Japanese confectionery business for more than a century, producing fine products to accompany the tea ceremony. There is usually a sample plate available for you to try some of the sweets before buying.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Nakadachiuri agaru, Kuromon dori Kamigyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 441 0803
  • How to get there: Karasuma Line, Imadegawa Station
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