Nishijin Textile Center, Kyoto

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  • I recently did a hand weaving class and really enjoyed it. It was great using the tools and learning how to make a little memento from my trip. The Kimono show, while short, is also good to take in an...  more »
  • It was packed full of charm of the town's weaving, Nishijin. Tour of historical exhibits and demonstrations, hand-woven experience free of charge. Kimono show seen in the free thinking time.
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  • Nishijin weaving knowledge and history to touch and also foreign tourists on free kimono show to popular Nishijin textile Center. Beverage and watching-Bon, on the roof. A ticket is required, only the gate way look like the view from the highest rooftop was worked perfectly.
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  • Unfortunately the museum was a bit of a let down. I knew that the museum/educational portion of the space was small but wanted to give it a chance. It really is more of a souvenir shop than anything. The museum portion can be found on the 3rd floor, sharing the space with the stage used for the kimono fashion show. The 2nd floor is devoted to souvenirs with a wide variety from some luxury items to trinkets. The 1st floor contained a public show of submissions from around the world (that was pretty interesting). I'd say if you are visiting, come with realistic expectations. I was hoping for more of a museum experience but didn't get it. However it is free so if you are working on a budget I recommend giving it a shot!
  • You can buy used kimonos here from ¥3240! They're not very bad kimonos but cleaned and not torn, etc. Certainly cheaper than renting one for the day which are also used. Might as well buy your own. Add in the sash (from ¥2000 onwards), coat (¥3240) and maybe their clogs or your own shoes. There's a fashion show at 2pm too each day on the 3rd floor.
  • Fun fashion show, but hard to learn what makes Nushijin style unique. Not much English descriptions and the weaving demonstrator did not speak English. Big store and surprisingly reasonable used kimono store.
  • If you happen to be in the area then definitely worth dropping by. The museum is quite small and looking a bit tired in places, but it is genuinely interesting and the staff are all very pleasant. However, to be honest it does (as others have said) feel like a tourist trap of the "Packaged tour day excursion" type that you get a lot in Spain and Turkey. It's mostly a huge shop with a mixture of some really lovely items and a lot of bog standard souvenirs which you can pick up just about anywhere. Unless you have a LARGE budget don't bother buying yukata here - there are much better quality ones for a lot less elsewhere. We made a special effort to go and see it (it's not especially easy to get to) but in all honesty it was a bit disappointing especially for my wife who has a textile background and was expecting a much more "interactive" experience. We honestly thought we'd see people weaving and perhaps have a go but there were only static exhibits and strictly no touching/photos. Pity really. It feels like it could be so much better.
  • Local artisans making traditional Japanese fabrics. Fabrics and clothing on sale. There is a fashion show held upstairs daily.

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