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Kyoto Handicraft Center

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Address: 17 Shogoin Entomicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8323, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number:
+81 757618001
10:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Kyoto Handicraft Center is a twin buildings located nearby Heian Shrine,...

Kyoto Handicraft Center is a twin buildings located nearby Heian Shrine, Kyoto. (Some floors are closed in West building, because of preparing renovation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.)

We offer one-stop shopping for Japanese handicrafts and souvenirs, hands-on handicraft workshops, observing crafts studio, and restaurants.

We are dedicated to selling not only traditional handicrafts, but also Japanese accessories and variety goods in a modern style arrangement.

Amita Damascene Studio is always open and you can enjoy craftsmen work in front of your eyes.

At our handicraft workshop, you are able to enjoy making a choice of handicraft out of nine kinds.

We offer great services: English-speaking staffs, duty-free shopping, foreign currency exchange, oversea shipping, tour information desk, internet access, and so on. Over 400 seats are available at our restaurants, we offer Japanese lunch box (Bento) or buffet style lunch by reservation.

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Great place to buy your souvenirs

Lovely high-quality crafts. More affordable gifts on the top floor. Friendly service. Lots of Japanese books in English and interesting arts & crafts to peruse or buy.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 December 2016
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Walkden, United Kingdom
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Walkden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

Lovely high-quality crafts. More affordable gifts on the top floor. Friendly service. Lots of Japanese books in English and interesting arts & crafts to peruse or buy.

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Nashville, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

I just returned from Japan and this was the best shop I was in. Beautiful and authentic Japanese arts and crafts. Very clean and well organized. Had a wide variety of articles across all price ranges. The staff was very helpful. A must go to for souvenirs.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

This review is for Kakoh restaurant on 2F. The meal was provided as part of Sunrise 1-day K&N tour. Lunch here, using coupon, is probably for the masses. Desserts (pastries) were not replenished . .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We arrived early at the Handicraft Centre - it does not open on Sunday until 10.30am. Wandered around the Heian Shrine area, which is nearby, for a while. The Handicraft Centre has an impressive range of books (my wife bought a beautiful book on Kyoto), and on a different floor, kimonos, lacquer ware, Japanese swords and generally all sorts of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

We went in May and one of the stores that we had to visit in Kyoto Japan was The Handicraft Store .. This is real Authentic Japanese Crafts .. The employees are extremely nice and helpful .. We bought a amazing Samurai Sword Set .. Beautiful set .. it's a decorative set but a real Samurai sword set .. Authentic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

The shops of Kyoto are full of cheap souvenirs and most of them are low quality. If you want to buy high quality traditional Japanese crafts, the Handicraft centre is the place to go. Goods are available at a variety of prices, but the quality is fantastic. The shop is actually 2 shops next door to each other, but not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

The handicraft center has changed a lot since my first visit in 2005. Back then, it was a bit of a rabbit's warren of small shops on many floors. It has been smartened up considerably since then. Still located in two buildings, the center offers a wide range of craft items, from the very, very expensive, to quality souvenirs at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This is a fabulous place to buy souvenirs with items being of particularly good quality. There are two stores, one selling jewellery and art pieces and the other, next door, a more general store selling foodstuffs, ceramics, yukatas, kimonos, wooden ornaments, tea-sets, chopsticks, sake, toys etc. This is a real one-stop shop for all your souvenir buying should you so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We were on a 2.5-day trip to Kyoto and planned to visit as many places on our list and also wanted to buy souvnirs from one shop to save time. Our great guide Mr. Hiro Nakajima (of MK Taxi, my review: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g298564-d6748714-r433315005-Kyoto_MK-Kyoto_Kyoto_Prefecture_Kinki.html#REVIEWS) took us to the perfect place which served our need. The floors are well defined, well decorated and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We found the Kyoto Handicraft Center by accident but it turned out to be one of the highlights of our visit. Here is the place to explore varied Japanese handmade crafts from classic, such as fine sword sets and wood block prints, to great gift items, to include candies, t-shirts, japanese quality fabrics, japanese traditional clothing, lacquerware, tea sets, kitchen... More 

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