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Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Downtown Kyoto

Zōhiko

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 Arts & Crafts in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square

Supported by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, this is as much a showroom as a shop, exhibiting a broad range of traditional crafts from around Japan, including lacquerwork boxes, woodwork, cut g…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Ginza & Tsukiji

Itōya

Nine floors (plus several more in the nearby annex) of stationery-shop love await at this famed, century-old Ginza establishment. There are everyday items (such as notebooks and greeting cards) and luxuries (such as…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Ginza & Tsukiji

Takumi

You're unlikely to find a more elegant selection of traditional folk crafts, including toys, textiles and ceramics from around Japan. Ever thoughtful, this shop also encloses information detailing the origin and bac…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Downtown Kyoto

Wagami no Mise

This place sells a fabulous variety of washi (Japanese handmade paper) 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 fro…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Odaiba & Tokyo Bay

Pigment

This is an art supply store to make you go weak in the knees: the walls are lined with vials of pigments – including the crushed mineral pigments used in traditional Japanese painting – in shades from vermilion to m…
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Nipponichi

From humble beginnings as a linen merchant in 1716, this retailer has evolved to repurpose traditional craft-making (clothing, towels, housewares and accessories) for the 21st century in Japan's sweet spot of cool, …
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

Kyūkyo-dō

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…
Arts & Crafts in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

This ace arcade under the JR tracks (its name refers to the distance from Tokyo Station) offers an eclectic range of stores selling Japanese-made goods – everything from pottery and leatherwork to cute aliens, a nod…