Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts

Breathtaking craftsmanship

Text: Keiko Kimura


Kyoto is a city with a long established craftsmanship culture that is deeply inherited in the ordinary lives of people until today. The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts is a place where craft and industry culture is put together.

Each of the over 500 pieces of 74 products exhibited here represents the sophisticated design of 1,200 years of history as ancient capital city. The elegant work of Nishijin textile dyed strings, Kyo-kumihimo threads used to decorate war weapons and capes, gorgeous pattern of nature on a white Kyo Yuzen textile, are all so breathtaking. Visitors can also enjoy shopping for their own crafts to take back.

They also offer workshops for the visitors to actually experience the Kyoto culture. Surigata Yuzen Zome dyeing workshop can be enjoyed from young to old generation in dyeing a selected pattern on a handkerchief or cloth bag.

Live crafting demonstration offers a chance for visitors to look closely at how the real craftsman work.

One of the most popular program here is the monthly Geisha stage. A Geisha is truly a collective of many traditional crafts, the kimono, hair accessories, make-ups, etc. The sight of those beautiful women moving in front of you will surely be an mesmerising moment.

ADDRESS: B1F Miyakomesse, 9-1, Okazaki Seishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto (map)
PHONE: +81(0)75-762-2670
HOURS: 9:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
CLOSED: 2 days in August, 12/29-1/3

★Next TRAVEL IDEA spot of ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto - Being exposed to a traditional culture' is ‘Kyo-no Tezukuri Taiken’. 

★TRAVEL IDEA ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto'
① Visiting Temples and Shrines
② Buying souvenirs
③ Visiting Arashiyama・Sagano
④ Having Kyo-ryori
⑤ Wearing Kimono
⑥ Having Japanese tea
⑦ Having seafood
⑧ Visiting shops in Machiya
⑨ Being exposed to a traditional culture
⑩ Feeling nature