Nishijin Textile Center, Kyoto

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  • Nishijin Hotel consists of three individual floor coating, kimono display area, kimono try wearing Stadium experimental and various kind of Nishijin gifts products and highlight souvenirs 販 sale. Day 2 little free Hin 賞 kimono show of approximately 10 minutes, still full wonderful person is worth. Yes Japanese kimono Hobby Council friends built this game in the future.
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  • A centre which is rather mini Museum and souvenir shop. But you can see craftsmen at work on pieces of embroidery on silk, weaving of silk for kimono, Painter on silk, breeder of silkworms. Also defilie of the different types of kimonos every hour. For lovers of Japanese textiles and kimonos but not a real Museum in itself.
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  • We went there mainly to see the parade of kimonos, which takes place every hour (when we enter the building the hostess gives us time for the next show be there 10 minutes before minimum) and we discovered how to make one Kimono of weaving until the patterns painted by hand as well as a gift shop. It was beautiful! the parade does not last long, but it's to see there is also a museum that traces the history of the kimono.
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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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