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Nishijin Textile Center

Nishijin District
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Address: Horikawa Dori, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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This is a textile company show and galleria,, You will have an opportunity to watch a Japanese fashion show for about 20 minutes and buy from their clothes collection including... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a textile company show and galleria,, You will have an opportunity to watch a Japanese fashion show for about 20 minutes and buy from their clothes collection including, purse, lady bags, ties, souvenirs and many more items.. They also have a restaurant where you can eat a traditional decent lunch "set menu"

1 Thank Saad A
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

My wife was in the fashion trade for a long time, one of the reason we visit this place, you learn some Japanese tradition fashion history and seeing a lady demonstration the weave machine, live silk worn growing in many stages, a free Kimono fashion show with models, afterward we stop by a souvenirs shop and bought many items to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

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 

1 Thank Linda T
Fishers, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

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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New York City, New York
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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 23 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 10 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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Everett, Washington
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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 20 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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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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