There are many shops and department stores in Kyoto, and you can find various ways to enjoy them. This is a list of my favorite stores.

1. Owariya (尾張屋)

I burn incense for deodorizer, freshener or bug repellent in the living room, entrance, bathroom, and balcony. I like to put Owariya’s scent ball in my kitchen too.

Owariya’s Kaori dama (Scent ball)

Owariya’s Kaori dama (Scent ball)

Bug repellent

Bug repellent

2. Shoyeido (松栄堂) at Ranzan Kakyo in Arashiyama

Shoyeido at Ranzan Kakyo holds a Nioi-Kou workshop to produce original scent with several kinds of incense.  

Pick 10 scents

Pick 10 scents

Put in small bags

Put in small bags

Put in small bags

3. Aritsugu (有次) in Nishiki-Ichiba

Aritsugu has more than 450 years history of producing Japanese knives and kitchenware. Clerks can speak several languages and explain details of each kitchenware with their deep knowledge. It was a joy to communicate with them and to learn how to use their tools. I bought a fish scale remover, pruning scissors and tea strainer for my souvenirs.

Aritsugu (有次) 's tools

Aritsugu’s tools

4. Kaikado

Kaikado mainly produces tea canisters and expands its handicraft skills  to produce Spaghetti and Coffee bean containers. When I visited the head store, a clerk kindly explained about the differences between three kinds of materials; copper, brass and tin. She has cheered me up to enjoy the changing colors of the seasons for more than ten years.

Copper tea canister

Copper tea canister

5. D&DEPARTMENT KYOTO

D&DEPARTMENT has several stores in Japan featuring Japanese traditional crafts. The KYOTO store is located in Bukko temple and it has not only Kyoto crafts but also other area’s crafts. I bought Toyama Prefecture’s handcrafts.

Brass bottle opener

Brass bottle opener