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Nishijin Textile Center, Kyoto

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  • The center itself was a bit boring to be candid. First floor has a cafeteria and sells traditional sweets. Second floor has souvenirs, nice but expensive. The textile products for sale like scarfs are...  more »
  • Enjoyed the 10 minute kimono fashion show and very small museum. The kimonos are overpriced but interesting things in their gift store. Worth a quick look if in the neighborhood but wouldn't go out of...  more »
  • I had read about this place and went there with a Japanese speaking friend who later said that when he was looking for directions to this place he found it listed under "gift shops" (it's actually not...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A horrible selection of products. Mostly are made in China. With the very poor quality zip. Maybe the small shops near other shrines have better selection and choices. My experiences after living here for 5 months.
  • I've been very impressed with all the cultural institutions in Kyoto except this one. They pretty much cater to tourists - They bus them in every hour. The quality of the fabric and design aren't that remarkable. Compared to other craft places in Kyoto, I wish Nishijin has more integrity. It just feels really touristy. It's still great if you want an overview of the textile history.
  • What an amazing place to visit to learn about the history of textiles in Kyoto, and Japan! The woven displays are exquisite, and the one-on-one sewing experience is well worth the small fee. I will go back for sure
  • It's really fun watching the artists utilize the various types of looms. Such a fun time and incredibly educational. A MUST in Kyoto IMO. After, definitely walk the streets around the center. Incredible local architecture.

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