Top Choice Knives in Downtown Kyoto


While you’re in the Nishiki Market, have a look at this store – it’s where you can find some of the best kitchen knives in the world. It also carries a selection of excellent and unique Japanese kitchenware.
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Downtown Kyoto

Wagami no Mise

A short walk from the Shijō-Karasuma crossing, this place sells a fabulous variety of handmade washi (Japanese handmade paper) for reasonable prices. It’s one of our favourite shops in Kyoto for souvenirs.
Tea in Downtown Kyoto

Ippōdō Tea

This old-style tea shop sells the best Japanese tea in Kyoto. Its matcha makes an excellent and lightweight souvenir. Try a 40g container of wa-no-mukashi (meaning ‘old-time Japan’) for ¥1600, which makes 25 cups of…
Top Choice 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…
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 Shopping Centre in Downtown Kyoto


One of Kyoto’s trendiest shopping malls, Mina has branches of two of Japan’s most interesting chains: Uniqlo, a budget clothing brand that has spread overseas, and Loft, a fashionable department store that stocks al…
Top Choice Lacquerware in Downtown Kyoto


Zōhiko is the best place in Kyoto to buy one of Japan's most beguiling art/craft forms: lacquerware. If you aren't familiar with just how beautiful these products can be, you owe it to yourself to make the pilgrimag…
Arts & Crafts in Northern Higashiyama

Kyoto Handicraft Center

The Kyoto Handicraft Center sells a good range of Japanese arts and crafts, such as woodblock prints, Japanese dolls, damascene crafts, pearls, clothing and books. English-speaking staff are on hand and currency exc…
Market in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto

Kōbō-san Market

This market is held at Tō-ji each month to commemorate the death of Kōbō Taishi, who in 823 was appointed abbot of the temple. If you’re after used kimonos, pottery, bric-a-brac, plants, tools and general Japanalia,…
Market in Northwest Kyoto

Tenjin-san Market

This market is held on the 25th of each month at Kitano Tenman-gū and marks the birthday (and coincidentally the death) of the Heian-era statesman Sugawara Michizane (845–903). It’s pleasant to explore the shrine be…