Kyoto Guide: Kyoto Handicraft Center
Kyoto Handicraft Center 京都ハンディクラフトセンター
Undergoing a major renovation through 2014, the twin buildings of the Kyoto Handicraft Center offer a hassle-free, one-stop emporium for Japanese arts and crafts.
Though you may find the items on sale at a cheaper price elsewhere, the Kyoto Handicraft Center offers an easy and extensive introduction to Kyoto's rich heritage of traditional arts. Goods at the Kyoto Handicraft Center are for sale duty free and can be paid for in a variety of currencies. Currency exchange is also on offer.
All of the staff at the Kyoto Handicraft Center are fluent in other languages to assist you in inquiries on the goods on offer and your purchases can be sent on to you overseas after you have bought them.
The various floors of the Kyoto Handicraft Center showcase Kyoto's traditional crafts including bamboo crafts, candles, ceramics, chopsticks, clay dolls, cloisonné, combs, cosmetics, folding fans, gold leaf, iron kettles, key chains, kokeshi dolls, incense, kimono, lacquer, maneki neko, obi belts, post cards, sake, samurai armor, silk goods, spinning tops, swords, tabi, tea, umbrellas, wind chimes, wood block prints, yukata and other Kyoto arts.
Demonstrations on making Kyoto crafts by local specialists can be seen on the various floors and visitors can also try their hands at making some of the items.
The emporium as a whole contains a mix of high-end Kyoto arts as well as more lower priced souvenirs.
Kyoto Handicraft Center also has a small bookshop with English-language books on Japan and Japanese culture.
When fully opened the new Kyoto Handicraft Center will have a restaurant and cafe and is an excellent one-stop introduction to the traditional crafts of Japan's ancient capital.
Access - how to get to the Kyoto Handicraft Center
Kyoto Handicraft Center
17 Shogoin Entomicho
Tel: 075 761 7000
The nearest stops on the Kyoto subway are Higashiyama Station and Marutamachi Station, though Jingu-Marutamachi Station on the Keihan Line is closer. Kyoto buses #93, #201, #202, #203, #204 and #206 go to nearby Kumano Jinja. Bus #32 also passes by the KHC, which is also close to Shogoin Temple and Kyoto Budo Center, just across the road to the south.
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