Kyoto shopping

Top Choice Homewares in Downtown Kyoto


While you’re in Nishiki Market, have a look at this store – it has some of the best kitchen knives in the world. Choose your knife – all-rounder, sushi, vegetable – and the staff will show you how to care for it bef…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Downtown Kyoto


Zōhiko is the best place in Kyoto to buy one of Japan's most beguiling art-and-craft forms: lacquerware. If you aren't familiar with just how beautiful these products can be, you owe it to yourself to make the pilgr…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Southern Higashiyama

Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu

This company has been making its canvas bags for over 110 years and the store is often crammed with those in the know picking up a skillfully crafted Kyoto product. Originally designed as ‘tool’ bags for workers to …
Top Choice Tea in Downtown Kyoto

Ippōdō Tea

This old-style tea shop sells some of the best Japanese tea in Kyoto, and you'll be given an English leaflet with prices and descriptions of each one. Its matcha makes an excellent and lightweight souvenir. Ippōdō i…
Top Choice Department Store in Downtown Kyoto


The grande dame of Kyoto department stores, Takashimaya is almost a tourist attraction in its own right, from the mind-boggling riches of the basement food floor to the wonderful selection of lacquerware and ceramic…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Downtown Kyoto

Wagami no Mise

This place sells a fabulous variety of washi for reasonable prices and is a great spot to pick up a gift or souvenir. Look for the Morita Japanese Paper Company sign on the wall out the front.
Department Store in Downtown Kyoto

Tokyu Hands

While the Kyoto branch of Tokyu Hands doesn't have the selection of bigger branches in places like Tokyo, it's still well worth a browse for fans of gadgets and unique homewares. It's a good place for an interesting…
Books in Downtown Kyoto


Occupying two basement floors of the BAL department store, this excellent bookshop has a massive range of English-language books across all subjects, plenty of titles on Kyoto and Japan, a great selection of Japanes…
Arts & Crafts in Downtown Kyoto

Kamiji Kakimoto

This is one of the best places to buy washi (Japanese handmade paper) in Kyoto. It’s got such unusual items as washi computer printer paper and washi wallpaper, along with great letter writing and wrapping paper. Lo…
Arts & Crafts in Downtown Kyoto


This old shop in the Teramachi covered arcade sells a selection of incense, shodō (calligraphy) goods, tea-ceremony supplies and washi. Prices are on the high side but the quality is good. Overall, this is your best…