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.
The center offers a comprehensive selection of exquisite art and craft items
The staff are multilingual, and you can even pay in other currencies
Kyoto Handicraft Center is accessible by train, by bus or by car.
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
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.
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.
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.