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Kyoto Handicraft Center

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Address: 17 Shogoin Entomicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8323, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 757618001
10:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Kyoto Handicraft Center is a twin buildings located nearby Heian Shrine,...

Kyoto Handicraft Center is a twin buildings located nearby Heian Shrine, Kyoto. (Some floors are closed in West building, because of preparing renovation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.)

We offer one-stop shopping for Japanese handicrafts and souvenirs, hands-on handicraft workshops, observing crafts studio, and restaurants.

We are dedicated to selling not only traditional handicrafts, but also Japanese accessories and variety goods in a modern style arrangement.

Amita Damascene Studio is always open and you can enjoy craftsmen work in front of your eyes.

At our handicraft workshop, you are able to enjoy making a choice of handicraft out of nine kinds.

We offer great services: English-speaking staffs, duty-free shopping, foreign currency exchange, oversea shipping, tour information desk, internet access, and so on. Over 400 seats are available at our restaurants, we offer Japanese lunch box (Bento) or buffet style lunch by reservation.

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Great for gifts!

You can find a wide range of products. From prints to pottery, sake to books. Really recommend if you need a gift for someone else or for yourself.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can find a wide range of products. From prints to pottery, sake to books. Really recommend if you need a gift for someone else or for yourself.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Much like the bigger department stores in Tokyo or Kyoto, but quieter and with very helpful staff. Very easy to take your time to shop and consider purchases, and have help on hand. Also easy to organise the tax refund at the counter when making purchases. We were able to find similar items in other department stores, with similar price... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We traveled to Kyoto to see the magnificent cherry blossoms ( Sakura) which indeed are breathtaking. Sunrise Tours arranged for us to experience local handicraft center Which was supposed to consist of local crafts as well as experience of being in the workshop studio. Afterward we were to have a show featuring maiko ( young geisha in training ) preform... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Place with good quality Japanese stuff. Quite pricey though. The shop itself is not really special. Better than most souvenir shops, though not a must-see.

Thank Sophie K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were brought here for a lunch stop with Sunrise Tours (full day tour from Osaka to Kyoto). The buffet at the Kakoh Restaurant (which was upstairs) had both Western and Japanese food - variety of choices - and we left satisfied. They had an elevator for those who could not walk up the stairs. The toilets were clean. Afterwards... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This outlet is very well done and the store associates very helpful. It consists of two adjacent shops along a major street and work areas on the floor above. The work areas are open to viewers and it's best to cal, ahead to ask the times. The items offered are fairly expensive, but exquisitely crafted. Not a must see Kyoto... More 

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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

This place ranks high on TA for truly odd reasons. First, the place is in rather remote location. There are two buildings - one with wood block prints and blunt katanas on the bottom floor (there nothing else in this building) and in the building next door 3 floors with other trinkets - postcards, cotton handkerchiefs (used for wrapping) -... More 

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Walkden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 December 2016

Lovely high-quality crafts. More affordable gifts on the top floor. Friendly service. Lots of Japanese books in English and interesting arts & crafts to peruse or buy.

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Reviewed 18 December 2016

I just returned from Japan and this was the best shop I was in. Beautiful and authentic Japanese arts and crafts. Very clean and well organized. Had a wide variety of articles across all price ranges. The staff was very helpful. A must go to for souvenirs.

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Reviewed 11 December 2016

This review is for Kakoh restaurant on 2F. The meal was provided as part of Sunrise 1-day K&N tour. Lunch here, using coupon, is probably for the masses. Desserts (pastries) were not replenished . .

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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