Gion & Kiyomizu Temple InscenceSep. 28, 2015 UPDATE
A shop that offers careful instruction for first-time incense users


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This incense shop is nestled between Kodaiji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. They offer unique incense and burners available only here, so you can collect all the tools you need to begin your incense journey.
There is a wide variety of items, so the shop is poised to meet a variety of needs. This shop is also a favorite among visitors to Japan, so they are experienced at serving the traveling shopper. Not only do they kindly explain how to use incense, but they go into detail about its history...more and other knowledge. If you’ve never used incense before or plan to, this is a great shop to visit.
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Popular in Kyoto
Must-visit shops and spots for all first time tourists to Kyoto.
Highly Recommended
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Well Worth a Visit
Less known but widely loved by both tourists and locals. Recommended if your schedule permits.
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Very popular among enthusiasts on these genres. Not always suitable if you are not particularly interested.
We recommend finding a scent you won’t tire of after repeated use. Incense burners are a bit on the pricey side, but they also make great decorative objects.
Recommend !
Sanshisuimei / 30pieces¥1,512
Their most popular incense lineup. Available in five scents. Sniff the samples and find your favorite.
Incense burner
Recommend !
Incense burner / ¥3,000~ ¥200,000
Light your incense and insert some of the separately sold ash into this receptacle. Every item is handmade and one-of-a-kind. Ask the staff before handling the items.
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Byakudan / Short type about 40pieces ¥3,564 │Long type about 130pieces ¥5,184
This item is a hit among travelers from overseas. It has a fresh, clean aroma. The color is brown, and it comes in a chic box.
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Cup & Saucer / ¥2,700
This incense holder is styled after a cup and saucer. You can also use it as a cute decorative object. Also comes with a free standalone incense holder.
How to buy
Niimi How to BuySets come with incense, a stand, and a receptacle for the stand (a small saucer or burner). Some of the incense burners can be costly, so handle them with care.
- Shopping Tips -
If you aren’t sure of which aroma you seek, follow your nose! There are many throughout the store. Use those as a guide, telling the staff if you want something more floral, more spicy, et cetera. They will be happy to suggest something.
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Categories Inscence
Phone +81 75-551-2265
Address 351-4, Masuyacho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0826
Directions 20-minute walk from Keihan Line Gionshijo Station.
Hours 10:00 ~ 18:00
Closed Open everyday
Notes There are only one or two shopkeepers, so a purchase may take time when the shop is crowded.
Price range
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¥1,000 ~ ¥2,000
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Some parts of the menu are in English.
Information Japanese only
Languages spoken Japanese only
Shipping services Not accepted
Niimi +81 75-551-2265 ¥1,000 ~ ¥2,000 2/3

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