At Kitano Tenmangu-ji (Shrine): Tenjin-San Markets
Tenjin-san Markets is held at Kitano Tenmangu-shrine on the 25th of Every Month. So, if you're in Kyoto over the 25th of any month, you should come to the markets and check out all the cool things to buy!
I just love Market Athmosphere. There are so many people, so many stalls with interesting foods and nick-nacks!
Michael and I especially enjoy trying out strange food-on-a-stick at the markets. Here, Michael tried bbq Octopus on a stick, and mochi (pounded rice) on a stick, and I tried frozen banana dipped in chocolate on a stick! It was so yummy. There were so many other types of food to try too.
What to buy: Second-Hand Kimonos and Obis. Some are in good condition, you will have to dig through the piles of 2nd hand kimonos to find them.
Antiques- old Japanese money, war memorabilia, furniture, wood-block printings.
Pottery-antique and new pottery is sold here.
What to pay: You could spend nothing, and just have a day of walking around and absorbing in all the new sights. Or, you could spend heaps of money on buying antiques. I usually just spend about $5-10 on trying out lots of new foods!
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Shichimiya: Spices heaven
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.
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Isetan: Shopping Near JR Kyoto Station
The store itself is unremarkable in terms of shopping, but the tiered escalators are definitely worth checking out. If you go out to the courtyard outside the 11th floor, you can get a good view of the city.
There is a grocery store in the basement that cuts the prices of many fresh food items about an hour or so before closing so you can get some excellent deals. It also has a good place to pick up a bento box or other food on the run fixings.
What to pay: 50yen and up depending on what you are buying.
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Takashimaya, Hankyu, Fujii, Daimaru: Shijo Dori
All these department stores are very big and offer everything you could think of. If after a day of walking through the old town and temples, you want to relax a bit by shopping around, it's a good alternative...
What to buy: Clothes, souvenirs, cosmetics
Souvenir stores: Souvenirs on Kiyomizuzaka
These street is bordered with tons of little stores offering various type of goods. You will find specialized stored selling only local crafts and paintings as well as the usual souvenir shop selling everything written "Kyoto" on it.
What to buy: I found a vast variety of silk paintings and traditional drawings insome stores very worth buying. The price are decent.
What to pay: Less than in department stores
Nishiri Market: What to get at Nishiri Market
Nishiri Market is like a bazaar that sells mainly clothing items. Set in a covered pedestrian mall, Nishiri Market clothing is young and trendy.
It's also a good place to eat as there are many cafes and restaurants here.
What to buy: Clothes
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Kyoto Handicraft Center: Any souvenir at any price
The Kyoto Handicraft Center is a five or six storey souvenir shop selling anything you can imagine. Here you probably have all possible smaller souvenir shops combined in a huge one!
What to buy: From calligraphies and paintings to wood carvings, plates, dolls, kimonos, Samurai swords and books - you name it, they have it!
What to pay: That's the problem about it - it's expensive! If you got loads of money to spend, then you'll find your perfect souvenir, expect to pay something between € 100 and € 500!
A small painting without frame costs around € 15, that was the cheapest but still beautiful item we could find here.
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Shijo Shopping area: Longest shopping street in Japan.
The Shijo shopping area is home to the longest pedestrain mall in Japan. The shopping goes on forever and the street houses shops that cater to everyone from expencive galleries to cheap tshirt shops.
What to buy: Whatever you want
To-ji Temple: Second-hand Kimonos and Yukatas
What to buy: In Japan, second-hand clothes shopping is still looked down on by many people, so you can buy many second-hand kimonos or yukatas (light summertime kimono) for cheaper here!
What to pay: You can spend a lot of money on Kimonos! But you can find a good bargain in To-ji for about ¥2000.
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Ikuokaya: Kyoto Souvenirs
You can get a lot of nice souvenirs from Kyoto from this shop. They sell a lot of purses and hair pins for girls. Actually, come to think of it, most of the merchandise was for girls! I bought a cute purse for my niece there.
What to pay: A little less expensive than the other stores.
the hundred yen shops: shopping for less!
Until recently, the brand-conscious Japanese were willing to pay two or three times more for brand names, however, the slowdown in the Japanese economy has forced people to consider otherwise...
100 yen shops, where you can get interesting goods- from fashlights to CD holders, and some typical `Japanese' souviners... (even if they are made in China!)
Its a welcome break from the over-priced shops all around. A must visit for all bargain hunters!
What to buy: Check out the ones on Terramacchi street. Theres a new one that had come up not much before i visited, and it was quite classy actually- not the usual plastic stuff... we were left wondering if it was the wrong shop judging by the displays and goods available!
Its good value for money even if much of the stuff there has a little `made in China' label!
HORAIDO: BEAUTIFUL TEA CANISTERS & IMPLEMENTS
This shop is filled with tea cups, bamboo tea spoons and implements, tea canisters, tea, etc. Everything needed to have a tea party!!
What to buy: Buy the tea canisters! They are the cheapest I have seen in Japan. They start at 350 yen. Buy the ones covered with Japanese paper or tatami. The largest ones of these two kinds are only 500 yen! What a deal!
Be careful not the wet the outside of the ones covered w/ Japanese paper. Once you wet it, the paper gets a bit sticky and it`s not as beautiful anymore.
YELLOW CAMERA: WHERE TO DEVELOP YOUR FILM
This film developing shop is conveniently located on Kawaramachi Street. It`s a yellow colored store (hence the name!) & easy to spot next to the Lipton Tea Room.
Developing film is expensive in Japan. You pay a developing fee PLUS a fee per photo developed.
At Yellow Camera, the developing fee is 598 yen. I usually get 4X6 inch photos developed and the fee per photo here is 12 yen (compared to 35-40 yen at other shops). If you can wait a day and pick it up the next day, you can get a discount and pay only 9 yen per photo. An index print is 130 yen.
The quality is good & I`ve had no problems at this shop.
don´t know :(: Buy a warmed toiletseat
What to buy: If you are a person who get cold easily consider buying a warmed toiletseat.
It feels like someone has been there before you and sat on it for quit a while ;)
but in Japan they are very populair. (At least in public places like restaurants)
Make sure it will work at home, check voltage and plug. Japan has 110 volt and a two rectangular-pole plug.
What to pay: Prices are high! It will cost you 500-900 Euro or Dollar.
Shinpuhkan: "The New Style Hall"
Located at the corner of Sanjo and Karasuma Streets, Shinpuhkan was built in 1926 (Taisho 15). Shinpuhkan was designed by the Ministry of Posts and Communications architect Yoshida Tetsuro (1894-1956) to be used as the Central Telephone Company Building.
The tile on the building's exterior are arranged in a subtly irregular design that is one of the building's distinguishing features. The bricks are laid in an unusual pattern, which might be considered an influence of North German Expressionist Movement.
It was re-opened in 2001 as the Shinpuhkan shopping center. The three-storied building features clothing stores, restaurants, cafes etc., and the inner courtyard is used to hold events, as well as housing business facilities.
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