Kitchen Shop Kawataki-Kyoto sells all kinds of daily necessities from all around Japan
This zakka-shop opened near Nishiki Market in March 2016. When you go into Kitchen Shop Kawataki-Kyoto you’re greeted by the warm atmosphere of it, made possible by the wooden interior and warm lighting. On the first floor they mainly sell tableware, whereas the second floor is reserved for kitchenware. On the second floor they also have a place where you can sit down, read some magazines, and enjoy a cup of coffee for 150 yen. How delightful! The products they sell are from all over Japan, like pottery from Kyoto, like Kiyomizu-yaki; Shigaraki-ware from Shiga; Iga-donabe pots from Mie, and furoshiki (wrapping cloth) from all over Japan, among other things. You can spend quite a long time just looking at all the products here! I’m sure that if you go to Kitchen Shop Kawataki-Kyoto, you’re going to have a much more colorful and interesting kitchen!
Kiyomizu-yaki pottery / Starting at ￥1,296 (Including tax)
Many of us think of Kiyomizu-yaki as something very formal, and very Japanese. I thought of Kiyomizu-yaki like this too. But the Kiyomizu-yaki sold here takes on a more simple form, and especially the bowls on the second shelf from the ground are great for everyday use. The bowls are surprisingly thin, and very even, so you can see the great skill that must have gone into making them. They have white and black bowls, so if you buy these, you can have something different on your table every day!
Furoshiki (wrapping cloth) / Starting at ￥432 (Including tax)
Traditional furoshiki were used to wrap clothes, presents, and bento boxes among other things. The beautiful furoshiki can turn into many different shapes and can be used many times, so they’re also good for the environment. These furoshiki are made using modern technology, but they still have that traditional feel to them, and the natural colors make them feel very Kyoto-like. They also have instructions on how to use furoshiki in both English and Chinese.
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Pot stand made of straw / ￥1,998 (Including tax)
This pot stand is made of Japanese straw, and it’s popular among tourists. This sturdy pot stand can take even a piping hot pot, so it doesn’t only look good, it’s also really useful. It’s also easy to wash, you just need to use some dish soap to wash it and then leave it to dry.
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Aprons and oven mittens / Starting at ￥648 (Including tax)
The aprons and oven mittens sold here are made from recycled materials. The pinkish ones get their color from the skins of azuki beans, and the purple ones from the skins of chestnuts. They also use things like plums that have been used to make plum liqueur, celeries that have been used to make juice, so all the ingredients are natural and they also dry quickly. So they are perfect to be used in the kitchen!
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These towels are antibacterial and water-absorbent so they are a great thing to have in the kitchen!
- Shopping Tips -
Remember to have a cup of coffee on the second floor before going home!
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Kitchen Shop Kawataki-Kyoto / 川端滝三郎商店
|Category||Traditional Crafts, Zakka (miscellaneous goods)|
|Address||505 Masuya-cho Fuyachodori Nishikikoji Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture|
|Directions||A 10-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station.|
|Open Hours||10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.|
|Closed||Every second and 4th Wednesday of the month.|
They sell all kinds of things, and the staff is friendly. I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
|Shipping services||Not available, but they can ship to hotels in Japan. Note that you have to pay for shipping in this case.|