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Nakagyo Shopping

Where to Shop in Nakagyo - Kyoto

A number of traditional Japanese items can be found in speciality stores throughout Nakagyo. Japanese tea, fans, even samurai swords can be bought and shipped home. The street of Teramachi-dori presents an absorbing stroll through old Kyoto with numerous little shops selling art, antiques and collectables.

For a taste of everyday Kyoto life, head to the Nishiki-koji, a wonderfully chaotic fresh market that has umpteen stalls selling local delicacies such as saké, tofu, fish, Japanese pickles, vegetables, seaweed, traditional sweets and cooked food. The market features more than 100 vending stalls and most are old establishments that have been run by the same family for generations. Products for sale are said to be of better quality than those at average supermarkets in town and prices are accordingly a little higher.

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Ippodo Tea Shop

Ippodo is a Kyoto institution; a nearly 300-year-old tea shop famous for its top-quality teas. Far more than just merchants, they are directly involved in the procurement and blending of carefully selected tea leaves.

Besides being able to shop for top-grade Japanese green tea such as matcha, gyokuro, sencha and bancha, visitors can select many interesting tea utensils such as bamboo whisks (chasen), bamboo tea ladles and traditional teapots. A trip to Ippodo would not be complete without visiting its impressive ‘Kaboku’ tearoom. Here, guests learn to brew tea for themselves.This esteemed shop has expanded from its Kyoto main store on Teramachi-dori and now has branches in Tokyo and New York.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
  • Location: Teramachi-dori Nijo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-0915, Japan
  • Tel: +81 (0)75-211-3421
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Kyoto Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market is a must-visit destination for out-of-town visitors because it’s a real eye opener when it comes to local daily life. Many locals nickname it ‘the kitchen of Kyoto’. It’s where you can find many local delicatessens such as saké, tofu, fish, Japanese pickles, vegetables, seaweed, traditional sweets, cooked food, kitchenware, knives and more.

The market features more than 100 vending stalls and most shops are old establishments that have been run by the same family for generation after generation. Products for sale are said to be of better quality than those at average supermarkets in town and prices are accordingly a little higher.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
  • Location: Nishiki Market, Nakagyo, Kyoto, 604-8054, Japan
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Kuraya Hashimoto

New, antique and decorative swords have been the Hashimoto family’s business for over 50 years. The katana swords sold here have been painstakingly hand-crafted to make genuine replicas of the actual swords that were once brandished by samurai warriors. The collection displayed in store at any one time contains a variety of authentic antiques and some more budget-friendly replicas. Flying home with a samurai sword might be a problem, os the owner, Mr Kuraya Hashimoto, is pleased to offer safe, secure shipment to most countries.

  • Opening Hours: Monday, Thursday, Saturday–Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm. Closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Address: 373-1 Kitagumi, Inokuma-cho, Sanbo, Oikesagaru, Inokuma Dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 821 2791
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Miyawaki Baisen-an

Housed in a vintage building dating back to 1823, Miyawaki Baisen-an presents a gorgeous array of fans and is probably the most famous fan shop in Kyoto. A cultural icon as much as a practical tool, these decorative fans are lacquered, painted, folded or scented into an amazing number of shapes, designs, and sizes. Visit the boutique store on Tominokoji-dori to browse these lovely accessories and pick up a special souvenir of Kyoto.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Tominokoji-dori, Kyoto, 604-8073, Japan
  • Tel: +81 (0)75-221-0181
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Tachikichi of Kyoto

Whether you decide to buy some of the exquisite ceramics for sale at Tachikichi or not, it is well worth a visit just to see the regular exhibitions of international and Japanese ceramic artists or simply experience the scope of 5 floors of contemporary and antique ceramics. Highlights at Tachikichi include dinner sets and sake cups, with styles ranging from traditional to more modern designs, suchas their anime series. The store has been a leader in the ceramics industry in Kyoto since 1752 so the're expertise is assured. 

  • Opening Hours: Thursday – Tuesday from 10.30am to 7pm (closed on Wednesdays)
  • Location: Shijo-dori, Tominokoji, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 211 3143
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