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Regions of Japan

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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Culture

Kyoto Handicraft Center 京都ハンディクラフトセンター

Create personalized souvenirs to remember Japan and Kyoto

The Kyoto Handicraft Center offers nine short courses (40-70 minutes long) in traditional arts and crafts. Choose from inlaying silver, woodblock printing, and many others. You can even create a custom blend of traditional spices to bring home the true taste of Japan.

Quick Facts

The center offers a comprehensive selection of exquisite art and craft items

The staff are multilingual, and you can even pay in other currencies

How to Get There

Kyoto Handicraft Center is accessible by train, by bus or by car.

By train

Take the Keihan Main Line to Jingu Marutamachi Station and walk 10 minutes

Take the Underground Tozai Line to Higashiyama Station and walk 15 minutes

By bus

From the JR, Kintetsu and Kyoto Underground Station, take the number 206 bus headed toward Higashiyama-Dori Kita-oji Terminal and stop at Kumano-Jinja-Mae, then walk three minutes.

From Shijo Kawaramachi, take the number 31 bus to Higashiyamadori-Takano Iwakura, the number 201 bus to Gion, Hyakumanben or the number 203 bus to Gion, Kinrin-Syako. Stop at Kumano-Jinja-Mae, then walk three minutes.

The perfect souvenirs surround you

If you enjoy Japanese traditional arts but don't have the inclination to try them out for yourself, stores selling all types of arts and crafts are collected together in the center. This makes it the perfect place to pick up souvenirs and keepsakes for yourself and everyone back home.

Pottery, woodworking, paper goods, fabric and cloth items, traditional (and less traditional) clothing, and Japanese alcohol, tea, and sweets are some of the many items that can be purchased here.

Traditional Japanese dinners

Two restaurants are available here. Kakoh is a buffet-style casual restaurant serving traditional Japanese and Kyoto homestyle foods. Shoami offers a more elegant dining experience, with course menus that change seasonally. There is also an option to enjoy your meal with an apprentice geisha.

For both the short courses and the restaurants reservations are recommended.

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