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Nakagyo Shopping

Where to Shop in Nakagyo - Kyoto

A number of traditional Japanese items can be found in specialty stores throughout Nakagyo. Japanese tea, fans, even samurai swords can be bought and shipped home. The street of Tera-machi-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. According to their website Ippodo is a multi-faceted tea company 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 (or ‘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.

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 09:00 – 19:00, Sun & holidays 09:00 – 18:00. Kaboku Tea Room daily 11:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Teramachi-dori Nijo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 211 3421
  • How to get there: Tozai Subway Line, Nijo-jo Mae Station
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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 experts nickname it ‘the kitchen of Kyoto’. It is 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: 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Downtown Kyoto
  • Type: Local delicatessen and more
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Tsunoki Sake Shop

Tsunoki is an old shop that deals mainly with saké and other Japanese alcoholic drinks including shochu (a traditional Japanese distilled spirit) and whisky. Ask for Teruo Fujii, an eighth-generation store owner and who is usually there to assist foreign customers to understand the depth of the world of sake.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00, closed on the second Wednesday of each month.
  • Location: 194 Tominokoji, Higashi-iru, Nishiki Ichiba, Nakagyo-ku. Centrally located in Nishiki Market
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 221 2441
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Kuraya Hashimoto

New, antique and decorative swords have been the Hashimoto family’s business for over fifty years. The katana are painstakingly hand-crafted to make genuine replicas of the actual swords that were once brandished by samurai warriors. Flying home with a samurai sword might be a problem, thus Kuraya Hashimoto is pleased to offer safe, secure shipment to most countries.

  • Opening Hours: Thu – Tue 10:00 – 18:00
  • Location: 373-1 Kitagumi, Inokuma-cho, Sanbo, Oikesagaru, Inokuma Dori, Nakagyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 821 2791
  • How to get there: Tozai Subway Line, Nijo-jo Mae Station
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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 the most famous fan shop in Kyoto. A cultural icon as much as a practical tool these fans are lacquered, painted, folded or scented into an amazing number of designs. Visit to browse these lovely accessories and pick up a special souvenir of Kyoto.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Tominokoji Nishi-Iru, Rokkaku-dori, Nakagyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 221 0181
  • How to get there: Tozai Subway Line, Nijo-jo Mae Station
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Tachikichi

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 five floors of contemporary and antique ceramics. The store has been a leader in the ceramics industry in Kyoto since 1872.

  • Opening Hours: Thu – Tue 10:00 – 19:00
  • Location: Shijo-dori, Tominokoji, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 211 3143
  • How to get there: Tozai Subway Line, Nijo-jo Mae Station
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