Kyoto Souvenirs 京都のお土産
Fans, souvenir crafts made in Kyoto.
A souvenir shops in Kyoto.
Bon Appetit, or rather Ittadakimasu!
Shopping malls of Demachi Shotengai in Kyoto.
The craftsmanship of Gion in Kyoto.
Window shopping in Kyoto
Kyoto, temples, landscapes ... Yes, but not only that! Make room in your luggage and go shopping.
Shopping for tradition
Choosing which artisan craft to bring back from a trip to Kyoto can be tricky, as there is a wide variety to choose from. Among the most popular are kitchen knives from Aritsugu, a fan from the famous Baisenan, tea from Ippodo , Lisn incense, or a delicate umbrella from Tsujikura . Also, do not miss the handmade hemp bags of Ichizawa Shinzaburo .Once an instituation for geisha and maiko, Chidoriya has a seductive array of cosmetics made with hinoki (Japanese cypress) or camellia, azuki (red beans) - and also colorful tabi (socks where the big toe is separated from the others).
Buds and wardsDuring your stay, you might visit Gekkeikan , the largest sake factory in the region. Preserved in an ancient setting, you can taste the best wines before you buy a bottle.
Keep enjoying your gastronomic journey with Kakigori, shaved ice, in Gion Koishi , whose origins date back to the Heian period, more than 1000 years ago. You will also find the kokutomitsu (black sugar syrup), and a multitude of colorful sweets.
In Kyoto, you can do good business. Basements of department stores such as Isetan , Takashimaya and Daimaru offer food lovers the opportunity to revel cheaply after 19:30. The shopping arcade Demachi Shotengai, located near the Imperial Palace , is full of small shops where you can also taste local specialties like mame-mochi, a pastry with beans, without breaking the bank. There is also a 100 yen shop which offers a wealth of practical and cute items for the equivalent of one dollar. And to follow Japanese fashion without spending too much, go to the amazing thrift store Hanjirô, just across the street from Shinkyogoku .