The Kyoto Handicraft Center is one of the best places to see and to do shopping for art, cloths, souvenirs and of course all type of local handicraft items. It is like a big supermarket of 5 floors with all what you might be wish to bye while in Japan.
This the food shop at the ground floor of Kyoto station departement store. After I understood that not many restaurants used toi have an english menu and anyway that prices were a bit high, I started buying food in the supermarket and I definitly enjoyed a lot.
Opening time: 10 am untill 8 pm.
What to buy: Sushi and Sashimi, the quality is great and they are cheap.
What to pay: A package with 12 tuna sushi is about 300 yen.
This is a shop very close to Kiyomizu temple.
It simply has the wide variety of spices and, also many combinations of spices.
While going around the shop you can smell spices and also taste some of them.
What to buy: Their specisality is definitly the seven spices Tang Dinasty.
What to pay: One small bag is about 250 yen.
All of Japan is peppered with these. You can find lots of little things you might need and not have to pay through the nose either.
What to buy: Anman/nikkuman--a quick steamed dumpling snack (suprizingly filling for 110 Yen)
O-nigiri--little triangles of squeezed rice (litterally what the name means) filled with fish, meat or veggies...usually depicted for us illiterate gaikokujin.
What to pay: Most items can be purchased for less than 1000 Yen.
I bought the coasters inside the Kyoto National Museum. There are tables inside where you can pick and choose what you wanted to buy. I think the staff are the ones selling. Not sure. But they are individual sellers with different tables.
What to buy: Coasters with the designs of the old paintings in Japan. The paintings are the old customs and traditions of Japan.
What to pay: 4000 yen
There are many stores along the walkway going to the Kiyumizadara Temple. Most of these stores sell key chains but look for this particular key chain because it has the Kiyumizadara Temple etched on it and looks like a 30-D. It is very beautiful.
I am trying to frame it so I can display it in my living room and not use it as a key chain because it is too heavy!
What to buy: Silver Kiyumizadara key chain
What to pay: 2500 yen
"Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu" is probably one of the best famed bag brands in Japan. The shop is always crowded with customers(mostly, tourists). The items are quite expensive, but the quality is guranteed. Even if you can't afford one just stop by and have a look inside.
Yes, there are also Hello Kitty items on some of the stores at Ginkakuji Temple. The variety of items to buy from are vey limited but if you are a Hello Kitty lover, I am sure you will find some items that you like.
What to buy: Hello Kitty items
What to pay: Depend on what you ike
The Shop is along the way going down the street from Ginkakuji Temple. The crafts store sell a lot of Japanese hanging decorations and other local craft items. There are more displays on the second floor of the museum. There are also silk purses sold there.c*
What to buy: Craft items
What to pay: Depends on what you buy
This art co is located within the Kyoto Handicraft Centre and has a pretty good range of items on display and for sale. The staff were helpful without being pushy. They arranged to have our purchases packed and sent home for us, so it was hassle free.
What to buy: I love Japanese woodblock prints and am pleased with the ones that I found. The copy of the bath house scene is my favourite, but I think they are all beautiful!
What to pay: The least expensive one that we bought was 8500 yen...but you could get many others less expensive, and plenty that were outrageously expensive! I guess with this kind of thing price is not as important as what you like.
In most of the major shopping areas of Kyoto you will see folding fans for sale. There is a great variety available: some are antique and traditional looking, others modern and less expensive. The good thing is that they pack easily into a suitcase and can make good gifts to bring home. They will surely be an authentic Japanese gift, but easier to transport than pottery, for example, or food items.
This is a six story building selling just about anything the general tourist might want, from inexpensive things like T-shirts, dolls etc. to fine pearls, woodblock prints and kimonos. The range of items is almost staggering. We made this the last stop on our trip, to pick up gifts to bring home. The prices were not very different from what we saw at smaller stores throughout Kyoto on the earlier days of our trip; it was just nice for us to get them at the end and not have to carry them with us earlier. So when you are traveling, you can consider postponing your purchases. The exception would be more unique craft items. While there are many at this store, there was greater variety at some small places we were at earlier.
When you enter the store they give you a small guide which tells the general type of items available on each floor. It seems there are several vendors, so there is some overlap of things on different floors. They also have a cafeteria, and some hands-on activities such as making folding fans and dolls.
What to buy: Just about anything.
What to pay: Anything you want.
When you are travelling in Japan, make sure that you don't touch the item displayed. Just look at the item especially if you don't intend to buy at all. Picking the item gives a signal to the store owner that you wanted to buy the item. The store owner immediately takes the item and gift-wrap it! Since you picked up the item, you are assumed to pay for it.
My friend told me that when she was travelling in Japan, she wore sunglasses so the store owner wouldn't see what she is looking at. She learned this trick from her first visit because she was just browsing then and she was expected to buy the item!
As for me, I picked up the item and started looking at it and the owner took it from me and wrapped it! I ended up buying what I was just browsing! At the last day of my visit, I ended up buying too much gifts that I didn't even mean to buy!
What to buy: There are so many nice things to buy in Kyoto. I love the keychains they have. There are so many choices. I also brought home Kabuki dolls, place mats, potteries, hankerchiefs, curtains and key chains.
Make sure to dismantle the Kabuki stand and wrap it with bubble wrap. Make sure to pad them carefully- otherwise they will break! And, so with the potteries!
What to pay: The key chains are mostly 500 to 599 yen. The potteries price range depends on which one you are buying.
Hhochland is only one and best diecast miniature car model shop in Kyoto
What to buy: Specialized diecast miniature car models from world for collectors
From my experience, which is limited and in Tokyo, you are way off. They are very expensive. I believe that you could get one at that price but I don't think it would be complete, and it would be low quality. They are very elaborate and a complete set is or can be several pieces that make up one kimono. You still should be able to find out for sure before you leave, there should be other web sites and or people that can answer your question with more confidence.