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's also a kimono fashion show several times a 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 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: Daily from 9am to 5pm
- Location: Horikawa- Imadegawa Minami-iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 602-8216 Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 451 9231
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: Daily from 10am to 4pm. Open until 5.30pm on weekdays.
- Location: Nakasuji Omiya Nishi Iru, Kamigyo, Kyoto 602-8449, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 441 0355
Surprise your loved ones at home with a box of colourful Japanese sweets from Shioyoshi-ken. They have been in the Japanese confectionery business for more than a century, producing fine products to accompany traditional tea ceremonies. The products on offer change according to the season, but revolve around authentic flavours like glutinous rice mochi, sweet beans, and sugar. There's usually a sample plate available for you to try some of the sweets before buying. You can find this charming sweet shop by taking the Karasuma line to Imadegawa station.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
- Location: 180 Hidadonocho, Kuromon-dori Nakadachiuri-agaru, Kamigyo, Kyoto, 602-8235, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 441 0803