Dec. 15, 2022 UPDATE
Umekoji Park Handicrafts Market- 梅小路公園手づくり市 -
Super easy to get to from Kyoto Station and packed with lovely little bits and bobs.
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PeriodFirst Saturday of every month except January and May
Story & Recommendation
A handicrafts market surrounded by the lush greenery of the Umekoji Park
The Umekoji Park handicraft market is held on the first Saturday of every month (except January and May) at the beautifully green Umekoji Park. Umekoji Park is only 10 minutes by bus from Kyoto Station, so it's super easy to get and a popular destination for both locals and travelers alike. About 300 stalls make up the market, which sees some 3,000 people visit it every month. Compared to the Hyakumanben handicraft market at the Chion-ji Temple, each stall is given enough space to let market-goers browse with ease. This makes the Umekoji market one of the most popular markets in Kyoto for families with kids. Every stall is unique and offers different wonderful delights. So, if you find yourself in Kyoto at the right time, then definitely give the Umekoji Park Handicraft Market a visit for yourself!
From earrings to rings, this market has stalls selling any accessory you could want. As all of these accessories are entirely handmade, they feature unique and cute designs that you just don’t see with manufactured ones. These stalls are highly recommended to anyone looking for unique and personal accessories.
One of the items Kyoto is most well-known for is its Kiyomizu-yaki pottery. At the Umekoji market, you can find all sorts of handmade and specially painted Kyoto pottery, from cups, rice bowls and even smaller items to plates and clay pots. Also, all the pottery at the market is sold at super reasonable prices as well. Pottery with unique color palettes are also in abundance at this market, so how about picking up a few different pieces to brighten up your dining room table?
Bread and Sweets
The Umekoji market also features a huge range of stalls selling handmade baked goods and sweets, including everyday sliced bread, jams, waffles, and even Canelé! This stall, in particular, offers a great number of additive-free sweets made with high-quality ingredients, so it's one of the most popular stalls in the market. The Umekoji park also has a huge green field, so grab some bread or something sweet and enjoy yourself a picnic in the park!
interior and Kitchen Utensils
The Umekoji market has plenty to offer in the way of cool things that’ll make cooking even more exciting. One of these is this stalls range of natural chopping boards, which are all individually and carefully handcrafted. There are plenty of other cool interior and lifestyle goods to decorate your home and make you feel closer to nature.
- Manner & Tips -
As the stalls are chosen by ballot each time, the participating stalls and their spot in the market are not set. This means there's a possibility that the stalls we introduced above may not be there. However, that also means that you can get endless joy from the market as there's always something new to check out!
Umekoji Park is also home to the Kyoto Aquarium, the Kyoto Railway Museum and has a massive grass field, so it's one of the best places in Kyoto to bring your kids!