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Bon Kyoto

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Preserving the best of yesterday, Bon Kyoto takes old kimono and obi and transforms them into contemporary kimono-style creations. Many of the kimono are hand made from silk dating back to the Taisho and Showa periods of Japanese history. The creative designers also produce some great one-off novelties and souvenirs such as decorative bedroom items and small bags and pouches made from the antique kimonos.

  • Opening Hours: Wed – Mon 10:00 – 18:00
  • Location: 1-38 Donomae-cho, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 711 7095
  • How to get there: Kyoto City bus No.5 to Betto-cho stop.
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Ginkakudo

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Located at the Ginkaku-ji end of the Philosopher’s Walk, Ginkakudo is a good place to pick up some cute Kyoto souvenirs. Much of the product is hand made using Japanese crepe called chirimen, a soft, pliable fiber that is turned into pouches, phone holders, glasses cases and numerous other uses. They also make use of recycled kimono silk and sell Kyoto incense, a wonderful memento of the Philosopher’s Walk.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:30 - 17:00
  • Location: 58 Ishibashi, Jodoji, Sakyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 752 4586
  • How to get there: Kyoto City Bus to Ginkakuji-michi stop
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Miso-an

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It’s the taste of Japan, miso; an essential ingredient for many of the country’s most popular dishes. At Miso-an the miso paste is prepared with methods that date back thousands of years. The miso is only produced once a year for the winter settling and is packaged into different sizes according to needs. A great souvenir for lovers of miso soup!

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 17:00
  • Location: 31 Kusao-cho, Ohara, Sakyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 744 2240
  • How to get there: Kyoto City Bus No. 17 or 18 to Ohara stop
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Tsuji Shibazuke Honpo

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If you have just purchased some authentic miso paste, don’t forget the Japanese pickles to go with it. Tsuji Shibazuke “puts the tickle in every pickle” using only homegrown vegetables, pure salt and traditional pickling processes to create outstanding tsukemono pickles, reputed to be in the top three in Kyoto. Selections vary according to the seasons but expect to find pickled eggplant, ginger, cucumbers and red peppers among other delicious items.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 - 17:00
  • Location: 483 Ueno-cho, Ohara, Sakyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 744 2839
  • How to get there: Kyoto Bus No. 17 or 18 to Ohara stop
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Jakkoin-gama

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This delightful pottery shop hails itself as “hands-on pottery” where you are given the opportunity to design and make your own pottery creations right in the shop. The shop enriches the experience even more by offering a relaxing foot bath and refreshing drink while you wait for your pottery to bake. If you haven’t got the time for the hands-on approach there is a nice range of ceramic products for sale from tea cups and bowls to serving platters, vases and bookends.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 - 17:00
  • Location: 17 Kusao-cho Ohara Sakyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 744 2227
  • How to get there: Kyoto Bus No. 17 or 18 to Ohara stop
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