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★ Kyoto Souvenir Tips 2

Here is another souvenirs tips! I hope this will help your idea! :)

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Japanese paper

Speaking of typical Kyoto souvenirs, one of the most famous is traditional Japanese paper.

Beautiful pictures on high-quality Japanese papers.

There are four designes.

Each picture is showing the beautiful different four seasons, you can see from the flowers

Life of noble people in Heian Period over a thousand years ago.

Ancient Japan...

It will be a nice decoration on the wall of your Japanese-style room...

Bookmark featuring a Special Kyoto Design

Do you like reading a book?

Why don't you bring some home and remember Kyoto trip from your favorite book! :)

Cell Phone Strap

This tiny folding fan is actually open... nicely detailed work!

Oil Absorbent Paper

Do you know "Aburatorigami"? A special type of Japanese paper.

Remove the oily sheen of the skin in your face.

You may find this shop display very often in Kyoto.

This is one of the most famous cosmetic company, and very popular with all Japanese women.

There are many branches in Kyoto, some of them includes nice "Cafe" next to the shop like in Arashiyama or Philosopher's path.

Enjoy nice Green Tea and shopping! :)


While you're in Kyoto, you may sometimes wonder where this subtle scent is coming from?

These scents always remind me "I'm in Kyoto".

There are various kinds, so you can ask the store what is their recommend. :)

Japanese designe Cloth

These nice Gauze cloth would be perfect gift for all women who love casual dressing up! :)

The material is cotton 100% It's soft to touch.

You can use these cloth like a bag if you learn how to wrap like below.

Japanese Umbrella

In Kyoto, Umbrella is not only for rainy days, but you may find many stores which using Japanese Umbrella as decoration.

Why don't you bring these beautiful miniature in your room?

Perfect addition to your Japanese tasted room!

Kimono textile drawstring bag and folding fan

You may feel hard to decide which designes and colors...

There are various beautiful models...

Handkerchief on the wall

There are various kinds of handkerchief in Kyoto. Some of them are very special designes and material.

You don't have to buy the picture...

If the store's selling the frame set...

You can use handkerchief as decoration on the wall.

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★ Meet and Chat with Maiko on Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays

If you come to the traditional Tea House, you can talk and enjoy a drink with a Geiko-san or Maiko-san directly.

But in most of the tea houses, it's high price, and you may need an invitation from the person who visit there repeatedly.

The guide book says you may come across Maiko-san in the evening if you come to Gion,,,,,

but hard to see by chance,,,

because you never know when they'll pass by in the street.

Is there any good chance to meet and talk to Maiko-san?

YES, there's a place! Now I'm happy to recommend here, "Maiko Hana no Seki" program.

You can enjoy elegant and traditional "Maiko-san" dance by a real “maiko” at Gion tea house, especially for this little money, just 4800yen/person.

During the show, green maccha powdered tea and a traditional sweet will be served.

You can chat and take photos with Maiko-san (using your own camera).

The number of participants is limited (12 maximum), so you can fully enjoy this special opportunity

If you come to Kyoto on weekend, you can't miss this exceptional experience!

Don't forget to list your questions to Maiko-san! :)

By the time you come to say goodbye you'll no doubt feel quite familliar with the world of the Maiko!:)

Gion Maru-ume is located very close to the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo theater, in the heart of Kyoto’s Gion district.

Fee: 4,800yen/person
* Payment must be in "Japanese Yen" by cash, at the cashier before the performance.

Times: Please choose - from 14:00 to 14:45 OR 15:00 to 15:45
(the performance and tea lasts about 45 min.)
* Only on Sat., Sun. and national holidays

Reservation needed

* Notes: Once you make a reservation, the date and time can not be changed.

Enjoy spending a relaxing while with one of Gion's very own Maiko

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★ Kyoto Souvenir Tips 1

Are you interested in nice typical Kyoto souvenirs?

One of the nice memory after back home is millions of pictures from your travel, but another trully exciting memories are nice souvenirs!!

While I'm guiding the overseas tourists, I'm always asked any advice or recommend for their souvenir.

And when I most feeling happy is the moment we could find the exact one, what we're looking for as souvenir for their friends, families or on their own.

Here is some souvenirs I found most unique and attractive from the past experience.

Beautiful Yukata, feeling the atmosphere of Kyoto. Unlike official-use Kimono, easy to wear!

How to wear Yukata

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Samue, for Men! Perfect house clothes.

Originally, work clothes for Buddhist monks. Ideal for wearing in the house.

Real Indigo dye, even the "washed-out" blue is very nice.

Ohashi, Chopsticks

Various cute shapes of Chopstick stand.

Hello Kitty is here and there in Kyoto!!!

Here is the best store for Hello Kitty Lover!!

Amazing collaboration of Kyoto traditional craftworker and Hello Kitty!

price is super expensive, though...

Sitting Hello Kitty


* Don't worry, there are still lot's of chances to get Hello Kitty in other area with reasonable prices. :)

Nice souvenir like pencil with a pretty Hello Kitty figure in maiko-style! :)

Sake, or rice wine!

In this store, you can get nicely packaged good sake in special Maiko design bottle. Reasonable price and Special-atmosphere gift from Kyoto.

Are you interested in Sake Brewers tour or sample tasting?

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Maiko-san, Geiko-san Doll, perfect decoration in your room.

Various Kimono designes in different postures, with a dancing umbrella

Every doll at 1050yen!!!

Matcha, powdered green tea in a special Kyoto design bottle.

High-quality, 40g in a bottle, @ 1700yen

Are you interested in Tea Ceremony Experience? Why don't you try an authentic spiritual and artistic experience

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Kyoto's most famous sweets, Nama-Yatsuhashi.

There are various tastes inside the creams, not only regular taste of sweet red-beans, but black sesame, fresh stroberry and other fruits...

You can try all the tastes of sample in advance, inside of the store with their free greeen tea service.

Nice chance to take a rest sitting in a chair after walking through on the slope.

If you don't like cinnamon, ask in advance if it includes cinnamon.

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2011 Kabuki Calendar!

2011 Kabuki Calendar!
1600yen at Minamiza (Kabuki Theater in Gion) This is Minamiza Orivinal Design! What a Perfect Souvenir Idea!! Or Nice Wall Decoration in your Room! Limited Stock, Hurry to get soon! :)

Kyoto Guide Index

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Kyoto Travel Tips
Drop your Luggages at Kyoto Station!!
Kyoto Itinerary (sorry, now in the rennovation)
"Must to Visit" Nijo castle, Kinkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji, Shijo Karasuma Shopping area, Kiyomizudera,Gion
"Must to Visit" <2nd Day> Arashiyama, Tenryu-ji, Bamboo Forest, Togetsu-bridge, Heianjingu shrine.
"Must to Visit" <3rd Day> Ginkakuji, Philosopher's Path, Nanzenji, Shorenin, Chion-in, Maruyama-Park
"Must to Visit" <4th Day> Fushimi Inari & Nara area
Kyoto Tour by Bicycle!
What to do after Sunset
"Must to Visit" <4th Day> Kyoto Night Cruise (Yoru Bus) Bus Tour
Suberbs of Kyoto
Boat Tours down Hozu River
Boat Tour Movie
Kibune area, Kawadoko Kaiseki Cuisine on the River! (summer)
Takao area, Kawadoko Dinner with Maiko (spring and autumn)
Dinner Retaurants
Twilight Pontocho or Kamogawa Riverbank Dining (summer)Okonomiyaki (at Downtown)
● Okonomiyaki (at Kinkakuji area)
● Kobe Beef
Kyoto Sweets
Kyoto Famous Flavor, What is Matcha?
Kakigoori (Shaved Ice)
Souvenir Tips
Recommend Kyoto Souvenir Gallery 1
Recommend Kyoto Souvenir Gallery 2
Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat)
Shichimi Spice
Astro Boy Museum
Japanese Wooden Doll, Kokeshi
How to Wear Yukata
Tea Ceremony
Tea Ceremony Experience
Matcha (Powdered Green Tea) History
Meet Maiko
Winter Gion - Tea Party with Maiko only by One Coin!
Maiko Dance Performance Every Sundays
Meet and Chat with Maiko on Weekends & National HolidaysKawadoko Dinner with Maiko
Maiko Dancing Movie (Gion Higashi Kouta Music)
Funaoka Onsen, Special Public Bath
Kurama Onsen, Houroku-yu
Plum Festival at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Higashiyama Hana Touro Illumination
Kiyomizu Temple, Blue Dragon Dancing
Yabusame-Shinji (Archery on Horseback)
Aoi Festival Parade
Iris/Azalea Viewing
Bonfires, Daimonji Yaki Festival
Ancient Princess Parade (at Arashiyama)
Arashiyama Hana Touro Illumination
Spring Sakura (Cherry Blossom)
Hirano Shrine
Daigoji Temple
Omuro Ninna-ji (World Heritage)
Winter Special
Public Viewing 2009 (Toji, Chionin etc...)
Night Light-Up
What is Autumn Colors
Shoren-in Temple Night Illumination
Try "Omikuji" ! Enjoy reading your fortune

Okonomiyaki in Kyoto

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