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Kyoto Handicraft Center, Kyoto

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  • This place was promoted as a great place for arts and crafts, including DIY projects and great shopping at very reasonable prices. Turned out that the prices were very much on the high end of the spec...  more »
  • This place had the most extensive selection of souvenirs of anyplace I went in Kyoto OR Tokyo. Also, arguably the nicest. There was several floors of items among 2 buildings. It's worth a look even if...  more »
  • This was the shopping highlight out of 6 cities in Japan! We found beautifully made gifts for family members, young and old, and for our home. You must see this place when you're in Kyoto. There is a ...  more »
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  • Pretty slow on the day we went. Many more European tourists than artisans. Interesting woodblock print collection in the back.
  • Actually, quite a good place to find some good quality souvenirs! You have some examples of pretty much everything you can find in the region.
  • Clearly the kind of tourists trap that tour companies bring bus loads of people to. But it had everything we were looking for. Lots of selection for souvenirs. A craft area that my daughter really enjoyed. And even a halfway decent lunch place.
  • Everything is made in Japan. Good value for the price. The place to get block prints!
  • I really enjoyed the handicraft centre, despite a few other reviews, I found it to have a good range of local products available. Sure, it's got some mass-produced touristy things, but it also stocks quality local wares at pretty competitive prices. The highlights are definitely their woodblock print gallery (prices average 10,000 yen) and their surprisingly large selection of cast iron teapots and kettles (5,000 yen upwards). Also one of the best places to purchase yukata and kimono in Kyoto if you're looking for different prints - cheaper than traditional tourist outlets. Staff are lovely, shop is very clean and large and often quiet. If you're looking for some quality souvenirs or local wares and don't want to hunt all over the city, this is well worth a glance.

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