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Nishijin Textile Center

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Address: Horikawa Dori, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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A great place to learn about Nishijin silk weavings.

We made a brief visit to Nishijin Textile Center recently. It is located a little west of Imperial Palace on Horikawa Street near its intersection with Imadegawa. In addition to... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Fishers, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is not a textile or Kimono Museum. But this is a nice place to visit if you're a Kyoto first timer. There are varieties of souvenirs made in Kyoto with attractive design and good price. You can also buy Kimono and Yutaka at the price from 5000 to 10000 JPY, but remember to ask how to take care of... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made a brief visit to Nishijin Textile Center recently. It is located a little west of Imperial Palace on Horikawa Street near its intersection with Imadegawa. In addition to exhibits, there is a nice store selling a wide variety of authentic nishijin products. Recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

By 2016, the limitations of handmade handkerchiefs at affordable prices (made in Kyoto, using traditional cotton, dyes, practices, approximately $10-30USD ea.) had, according to all sources I was able to find in a rapid but thorough two-day search, been reduced to the Nishijin Textile Center. I had purchased a bundle in 2005 and they have lasted forever, and I now... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

It's a fun place to visit for a first timer as you can see a kimono fashion show and buy good souvenirs. If you're seriously into textile, you might be disappointed because this place is more like a shop than museum. But again, it's a good place to experience the local Kyoto craft and culture.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

As a museum, it isn't the best at representing how textiles are made in terms of the exhibition on the upper floor. However, the live weaving demonstrations and the kimono show are fascinating. The shop is excellent. We bought a lot of our souvenirs there, including little packs of yarn and shuttles, which were very inexpensive.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Fabulous place and a must see even if you have no interest in fashion. It is good to see how the making of the silks for kimonos has progressed and if you time it right there is a fashion show lasting 10 minutes which will show off some beautiful textiles and kimonos. Definitely worth a visit while in Kyoto.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

We thought this would be a museum about textiles, but in reality it's just a touristy store offering touristy goods such as touristy (not traditional) clothing, souvenirs, etc., with a few artisans working back in a corner. Quite a disappointment. So, if you want to shop for made-for-tourists textile things among hordes of tourists, go there. If you want to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

It was really interesting to see how a beautiful silk kimono starts with a tiny worm. I enjoyed that part. But the busloads of loud, obnoxious, picture-taking (ignoring the signs posted everywhere) tourists. Ugh! No respect for the quietness and politeness of the Japanese people. Loud, loud, loud (and no, they were not American). I went out of my way... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

The place is excellent location for souvenirs. In addition, there was a free kimono fashion show. The kimonos were beautiful. We also had an opportunity to see local craftspeople weaving an Obi by a hand loom.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

I've visited Nishijin Textile Center several times in Kyoto. Each time I appreciate the beautiful woven materials, the unique kimonos worn by the lovely models, the creative gifts in the upstairs shop and the women weaving the fabrics. Cotton, polyester and silk kimonos for women, men and children are available to purchase at reasonable prices. Thanks

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Nishijin District
A district with a long textile heritage, ancient Kyoto is still alive in the Nishijin District. Studded with its weaving factories, tea houses, and onsen, the neighborhood is charming and peaceful with a self-possessed air. Less traveled than other parts of the city, it is a district where you can take it at your own pace. Visitors can explore the many weaving and cloth houses, the free kimono shows, and the many shops selling traditional clothing and goods. Showcasing architecture with sloping roofs and wooden reliefs dating to decades past, the streets in the Nishijin District transport you back in time, making them a joy to wander.
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