A line-up of souvenirs only found in Kyoto! 5 Variety Shops Around Kyoto Station
If you want to buy Kyoto-like Japanese accessories or you don't have time to properly pick out souvenirs, here are 5 recommended shops to check out. They're all within the Kyoto Station building, and they all have a good selection at decent prices!
1. Shoyeido Kunkun
This shop is directly managed by a long-established incense maker. They opened this shop in Asty Road, directly connected to the Hachijo exit of the shinkansen bullet train area of Kyoto Station with the thought of "remembering the memories of your trip with fragrance." They have a lineup of various aroma products, like casual incense sticks, cones, and sachets. The recommendation is the stick incense Kunkun series (around 400-800 JPY (incl. tax)). The line-up comes with names in the image of Kyoto such as "Kyozakura," "Kyomatsuba," "Gozan," and "Kinkaku," and they're all fragrances that you can enjoy while you're relaxing.
*Photo is for illustration purposes
2. Karan Colon Kyoto Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit Branch
Karan Colon Kyoto is a shop with the concept of elegant and cute. The name comes from the sound that geta, traditional wooden sandals, make when walking on stone-paved roads. This brand was created with the idea of continuing the aesthetic and culture of halcyon Japan. This shop is full of Kyoto accessories that are made with traditional aesthetics with an addition of the essence of modernity. They have plenty of cute yet elegant accessories, such as their colorful Ichimatsu-moyo checkerboard series (around 700-9,000 JPY (incl. tax)) or various items made using chirimen silk crepe dyed by craftsmen (around 1,000-2,000 JPY (incl. tax)). The shop is in Asty Road by the shinkansen Hachijo exit of Kyoto Station.
3. Yoshitoyo Kyoto Station Building The CUBE Branch
Yoshitoyo, a shop on the B1 floor of The CUBE in Kyoto Station, offers a selection of Kyoto souvenirs and various items made with Japanese aesthetics. This shop was started with the concept of "a world of modern yet elegant products made with Japanese aesthetics," and they carry many items from original products to famous Kyoto brands including hair accessories like kanzashi hair sticks, folding fans, purses with metal clasps called gamaguchi, Kyoto cosmetics, and more. A popular product is the glass hair tie (702 JPY (incl. tax)) which has a piece of hard glass with a modern Japanese design burned into it. The gamaguchi wallet (1,080 JPY (incl. tax)) and gamaguchi cosmetics pouch (starting at 2,160 JPY (incl. tax)) are made with kinran fabric in which gold thread is woven into a design from Nishijin, a city known for textiles, and are recommended Kyoto souvenirs.
*Photo is for illustration purposes.
4. Eirakuya Hosotsuji Ihee Shoten Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit Branch
Eirakuya is Japan's oldest cotton textile shop with a history of over 400 years since they opened in Kyoto, and this is their tenugui specialty shop. Tenugui are cotton cloths with a plain weave that have been used in Japan since ancient times. It was made to wipe your face, hands, and body, but you can also frame it and use it as interior decoration. Eirakuya has more than 200 patterns available, including reprints of tenugui that were made and sold more than 100 years ago, new Kyoto-like patterns, collaborations with artists, and other original Eirakuya tenugui (starting at 1,620 JPY (incl. tax)). This shop is inside Asty Road on the shinkansen Hachijo exit, so you can stop by really quickly when you don't have time.
*Photo is for illustration purposes.
5. Kurochiku The CUBE Branch
This store on the B1 floor of The CUBE area of the Kyoto Station building is a Kurochiku company shop. They offer various goods with Japanese aesthetics for a modern lifestyle. They offer not just drawstring bags called kinchaku and gamaguchi purses, they also have stationery and eco-bags made with Japanese patterns. They have a huge selection of products with Japanese aesthetics from many genres so just looking around this shop will make you happy. They also have Kyoto cosmetics that are great souvenirs for women. The Kyoto maiko (apprentice geisha) mascot character, Kotone-chan, is printed on cute handkerchiefs and tenugui as well as sweets like matcha-flavored langue de chat, so those are also recommended.
*The two products in the front of the photo are from a different branch
All of these shops are great for souvenirs and memories of your trip to Kyoto! Please pick the ones that you like best, whether they be traditional Japanese goods to accessories with a modern Japanese design.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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