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Kyoto Pottery Town

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Kyoto Pottery Town

Kyoto Pottery Town

Kyoto is a chirimen production district. Chirimen is a fabric used for high grade Japanese clothing. With its numerous kimono fabric stores, there are a lot of shops here that sell assorted goods made with chirimen, and the range of product types is enormous. "MANEKINEKONOTE MANEKIYA", which sells products made from chirimen like business card holders, wallets, and cute small items, is located in the Nishiki Market, which is right near Karasuma Station on the Hankyu train line (Shijo Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway).

And heading north along Kawaramachi Dori Street from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station will bring you to the shop "Kazariya". Both of these shops are packed with assorted chirimen goods, so you will know you have reached the right place right away. Passing by Kazariya and turning west on Sanjo Dori will take you to "TENSHOKAN", a store that carries Japanese design t-shirts and skirts. You could say that this kind of shop is unique to Kyoto with its large foreign population.

Westerners looking very nice in clothes with Japanese designs are a common sight. And of course, these items make the perfect souvenirs. Because incense has been required for offerings at the many temples and shrines in Kyoto from days of old, there are a lot of incense specialist shops. Recently, incense with aromas that have a relaxing effect like the fragrance of flowers is also available. At "Ishiguro Kouho", Japan's only fragrance pouch specialist shop, you can select the fragrances you like to make your own very original fragrance pouch. This is a small shop on the east side of the intersection of Sanjo Dori Street and Sakaimachi Dori Street. "SHOYEIDO", which boasts 300 years of history since its founding, also sells uniquely shaped incense burners (a special utensil used for emitting the aromatic components by adding heat to solid incense) in addition to incense. "SHOYEIDO" is on Sannenzaka Slope, which leads to Kiyomizu-dera temple, so it is good to stop by on your way to visit the temple.