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Holiday Every 2nd and 3rd Saturday, Sundays & piblic holidays
Business hours 10:00~17:00
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● Exquisite delicacy of hand-painted yuzen
Tegaki-yuzen, or hand-painted yuzen, is one of numerous Kyoto yuzen dyeing techniques which consists of applying colours with a brush on white fabric. Due to its exceptional craftsmanship, people sometimes praise it as a wearable art. The entire kimono making process is separated into 20 different stages, and each stage is carried out by a different craftsman. Sensho Ichikawa mainly plays the role of a supervisor who organizes all the elaborate processes involved in kimono creation, from the pattern and colour design to the last finishing touch. The company is committed to hand down its expertise to future generations.

Holiday Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays (※Open every 1st Saturday)
Business hours 9:00~18:00
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● Passing down the Kyoto rosary-making tradition
Nakano Isuke has been producing and selling Kyo-nenju, or Kyoto-style rosaries, for the last 250 years. The large part of Japanese rosaries are produced in Kyoto, and Nakano Isuke boasts to be the leader of this industry, providing temples with rosaries which are made according to the traditional production methods defined by each Buddhist sect.
The basic 108 beads, made of linden wood or natural stone, represent each a human worldly desire. By connecting the rosary beads with fine-quality silk threads, this long-established atelier remains the unique place to faithfully pass the techniques of Kyoto rosary craft down through history.

Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 9:00~17:00
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● Sacred purity of unfinished wood
The studio is specializing in woodworking, producing furnishings and votive objects for Shinto shrines and religious ceremonies. Ceremonial implements are generally made of unfinished wood without any lacquer coating. Beautiful white-grained hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood is believed to represent the concept of purity so important in Shinto religion. Sometimes artisan even purifies himself and puts on white clothing before starting to work. The impressive array of assembled woodwork planes can tell you a remarkable story of Kyoto traditional wood joint-making and bending techniques.

Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 10:00~18:00
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● Kyoto dolls’ private hair stylist
The art of traditional doll making—hina dolls, gogatsu dolls, or other—was nurtured and passed down through the centuries of Kyoto elegant culture. Kyo-ningyo, or Kyoto dolls, are made by numerous artisans who fabricate special components such as heads, hands and feet, accessories and clothing. Kimata is specializing in attaching hair to the dolls’ heads, the task that is executed with extreme preciseness and delicacy. The repair and restoration of old dolls of all the Japanese regions and periods are carefully performed here as well.

Holiday Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 9:00~17:00
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● Maker of delicately handcrafted Buddhist paraphernalia
The golden glitter of Kyoto crafts is created in skillful hands of local artisans specialising in stamping of 0.0001 mm-thick gold leaves. Gold leaf stamping technique was originally used for decoration of various Buddhism-related crafts. Even today, it plays a great role in Japanese traditional culture. TADA Kinpaku is an atelier dealing with Buddhist statues and implements. In Kyoto, the elaborate techniques of gold stamping have developed due to the high demand provided by the sheer amount of temples and head temples of many Buddhist sects. Today, gold leaf decoration can be applied to different materials and shapes, bringing Kyoto craftsmanship to the new level.

Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 10:00~17:00
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● The supervisor of fine yuzen kimono making

Kyo-tegaki-yuzen dyeing is produced by thoroughly fragmented division of labour and involves up to 15 various processes. Tomihiro Senko is mastering all these sophisticated processes to create high-quality order-made products. The atelier is excelling in a special technique which consists of using a paintbrush instead of a writing brush for the deepest penetration of dyes into the fabric. Tomihiro Senko is an experienced supervisor of all the kimono-making processes and provides fine goods for the Imperial household. Familiar with the traditional patterns and designs, the atelier is also known for the production of elegant miscellaneous Japanese-style textile goods.

Holiday Sundays & public holidays
Business hours 9:00~19:00
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● Well-established shop with a scent of tradition
Hayashi Ryushodo incense shop was established in 1834. It offers a great choice of various aroma goods : fragrant wood, shoko (chipped incense), incense sticks and scent bags. The shop is well known for mastering delicate techniques of chopping carefully selected pieces of aloeswood, agarwood and sandalwood, as well as for its original way of aroma blending. Hayashi Ryushodo counts numerous Buddhist temples and specialists in incense and tea ceremonies among its loyal customers. Subtle scent of incense enhances living space, and can be enjoyed by five senses. Hayashi Ryushodo devotes its skills to passing down the traditional art of japanese incense in all its variations of shape, colour and form of smoke.

Holiday Irregular holidays
Business hours 9:00~18:00
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● Elegant patterns created with tie-dyeing technique

Established in the precincts of Kandaijin shrine in 1932, Atelier Morimoto is specializing in tie-dyeing. Through the division of labour, the atelier is consistently carrying out all the stages of dyeing process, from designing patterns to colouring. Dyeing is performed with the technique that consists of tying the parts of the cloth which are not to be coloured before dyeing it in different colours (resist dyeing). The atelier is famous for its high-quality dyed goods such as wedding futons decorated with flower and landscape patterns, which require mastering Kyo-kanoko-shibori technique representing the essence of Kyoto tie-dyeing tradition.