In Japan, there are shops that sell things like pen cases and other stationery, accessories, and bags, and even earthenware and these shops are called zakka shops. And of course in Kyoto too, you can find all kinds of zakka shops, from ones that offer cute things to those offering authentic products made in Kyoto.
This time, I have chosen the best 20 of those shops; these are all shops that I like to go to myself too.
Takesado is shop selling things made using the traditional Japanese woodblock printing method, and all their products are made by hand. The products all have cute and funny patterns on them, and the stationery and accessories sold at the store are all very popular, especially fashion conscious women.
Tokyo Hands is a famous zakka shop home and abroad. Here you can find almost everything you would want to have. The Tokyo Hands shop in Kyoto is easy to find, it is just a 1-minute walk from subway Shijo Station.
TOKYU HANDS KYOTO STORE
The candy accessories of Nanaco Plus+ are especially popular among young women! These colorful accessories really use real candy in them! These are great for women, but men can also buy them for their girlfriends.
The shop we have here is Karancolon Kyoto, famous for their pop and colorful patterns. They take the traditions of Kyoto, and put a new and fresh twist on them, and make completely new products that still have that Kyoto-feel to them. The shop is inside Kyoto Station so it is very easy to get to.
Karancolon Kyoto - Kyoto Station Asty Road
This shop was the place that started the tenugui craze in Japan. Eirakuya was founded 400 years ago, so it is a really old shop, but it also sells things that are not as traditional like tenugui with such funny patterns as panda, mushroom, and daruma. One of the interesting points about this shop is that they also sell other things like purses too.
Eirakuya Hosotsuji-Ihee Syoten - Kyoto Station Asty Road
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