Savor Kyoto’s Unique Culture Through Japanese Crafts

KYOTO

Exploring the temples and shrines of the old capital of Kyoto can make for a great adventure, but why not take a deeper dive into the city? Let us show you how through this travel guide featuring crafting workshops and experiences that you can only experience in Kyoto, such as Kyo-yuzen dyeing, traditional Japanese sweets making, and an opportunity to learn about the unique Japanese culture associated with ume (plums). They’re sure to remain in your memories!

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9:30

Hotel new Hankyu Kyoto

Approx. 5-minute walk

9:40

Kyoto Municipal Subway Kyoto station

Approx. 5-minutes by train on the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line

9:45

Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Oike station

Approx. 10-minute walk

9:55

Kyo-Yuzen Workshop Marumasu-Nishimuraya

Kyo-Yuzen Workshop Marumasu-Nishimuraya

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Casually try your hand at the traditional Japanese art of Kyo-yuzen dyeing in an atmospheric traditional Japanese townhouse.

SPOT INFO

10:00

Kyo-Yuzen Workshop Marumasu-Nishimuraya

Approx. 15-minute walk

10:15

Kyoto Shabonya

Kyoto Shabonya

3.京都しゃぼんや

This store specializes in organic soaps handmade in Kyoto. The packaging is themed around Kyoto, making these soaps great souvenirs.

10:45

Kyoto Shabonya

Approx. 5-minute walk

10:50

Specialty Hands-on Ume Experience Shop 「CHOYA」

Specialty Hands-on Ume Experience Shop 「CHOYA」

4.梅体験専門店「蝶矢」

This store is run by Choya Umeshu, an umeshu (plum liquor) maker. Here you can make your own plum syrup or umeshu, customizing the plums used, amount of sugar, and alcohol level!

11:15

Specialty Hands-on Ume Experience Shop 「CHOYA」

Approx. 5-minute walk

11:20

Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market

5.錦市場

Has been known as the “kitchen” of Kyoto for over 400 years. With around 130 shops, you can find a wide variety of ingredients and foods on sale here.

SPOT INFO

12:15

Nishiki Market

Approx. 15-minute walk

12:30

KAMEYA YOSHINAGA

KAMEYA YOSHINAGA

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Established over 210 years ago, this store lets you make traditional Japanese sweets that show off the seasons, under the guidance of an expert!

15:00

KAMEYA YOSHINAGA

Approx. 5-minute walk

15:20

Hankyu Omiya station

Approx. 15 minutes by bus

15:35

Kyoto Aquarium

Kyoto Aquarium

7.京都水族館

This aquarium is the first in Japan to use just artificial sea water. It’s full of attractions to explore, including the large 6-meter-tall “Sea of Kyoto” tank and the “River of Kyoto” displaying Japanese giant salamanders!

SPOT INFO

17:45

Kyoto Aquarium

Approx. 15-minute walk

18:00

Hotel new Hankyu Kyoto

Hotel new Hankyu Kyoto

8.京都新阪急ホテル

The guest rooms at this hotel are brimming with the spirit of ancient Kyoto, thanks to traditional Kyoto crafts being used as decorative pieces, amongst other things. It’s right in front of Kyoto Station, making it a convenient base from which you can do some sightseeing.

SPOT INFO

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