For more Unique life with Japanese traditional crafts
Kyoto Handicraft Center operates physical stores in Kyoto, then we deal wide range of Japanese traditional handicraft and arts crafts. This online store offers you selected items from our physical store. You will definitely enjoy your web shopping like traveling in Japan.
Our company’s motto are “Sincerity” and “Heart-warming service”. We faithfully help your safe and enjoyable shopping in our online store.
All our products are shipped from our store in Kyoto with careful packing by our staff.
Even though you are not in Japan, you may feel like being in Kyoto by browsing our online store.
Kyoto Handicraft Center owns two buildings nearby Heian-jingu Shrine at the Higashiyama area, one of the most scenic and historical place in Kyoto.
We offer not only Japanese traditional crafts, but also wonderful experiences through shopping and taking craft making classes for domestic and international visitors.
Our craft making classes are enjoyed by everyone such as school excursion students, foreign visitors, and domestic individual customers.
It will make your memories more precious during your stay in Kyoto.
And we have dining restaurant which offers authentic Japanese traditional cuisine. We offer a variety of suggestions for meals that allow you to experience Kyoto and the four seasons, and we will prepare a dish to suit your needs.
Our company started in 1947 under the name of Amita Damascene Corporation, as an atelier which manufacturer the Kyo Zogan (traditional Damascene craft work). The Kyo Zogan was historically used as the decoration of Samurai armor and swords. However, the demand for these kinds of arms of Samurai was decreased, the Kyo Zogan has been evaluated to respond for the other demands ; jewelries, decoration for the furniture.
Our Kyo Zogan,(Damascenes) became gradually popular among foreign visitors in Kyoto after the Second World War.
In 1967, Our company opened KYOTO HANDICRAFT CENTER as a tax free shopping buildings to respond the needs of increasing foreign visitors in Kyoto. So, our deals are not only Kyo Zogan (Damascene), but also various kinds of Japanese traditional crafts.
In October 2007, we opened a "Visit Japan Information Center " under the permission from the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) . The center provides transportation and tourism consultation services to support a comfortable trip.
Until present, KYOTO HANDICRAFT CENTER has been loved by numerous customers over several generation.
Kyoto Handicraft Center Website: https://www.kyotohandicraftcenter.com/?lang=en
Our product Kyo Zogan
The origin of our company is the atelier of manufacturing the Kyo Zogan, since over 70years, then it is one of our iconic item. Kyo Zogan is called as a Damascene in English
Kyo Zogan is a traditional Kyoto handicraft created by carving cloth-like weave inlay into a thin sheet of iron, then inlaying pure gold and silver design onto the texture, applying lacquer over it, and finally engraving with fine lines onto the gold and silver patterns after polishing them.
These process which need extreme concentration and delicacy produces the elegance of Kyo Zogan.
From 14th century to 19th century, Kyo Zogan was widely used as an ornament for Japanese swords and other armor, and there were many master craftsmen. In the Meiji era (1868-1912), Otojiro Komai and other craftsmen had lot of attention at overseas world expositions. They presented their art crafts such as flower vases and other art crafts made by intricate Kyo Zogan inlays for foreign visitors.
Later, during the Second World War, our artisans of Kyo Zogan were scattered, but they have returned to the atelier again after the war and restarted to dedicated for the manufacturing a various kinds of Kyo Zogan crafts like jewelries, luxury ornaments with their delicate techniques and their great sense.
The delicate and gorgeous patterns by gold and silver inlay which looks like floating over the blackness.
This is a fascination of Kyo Zoan.
For those coming by train
Keihan Main Line Jingu Marutamachi Station, 10 minutes walk
15 minutes walk from Higashiyama Station on Subway Tozai Line.
There is also a Marutamachi station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line. Please be careful not to make a mistake.
By Kyoto City Bus
From Kyoto Station of JR, Kintetsu and Subway
Take Route 206 bound for Higashiyama-dori Kitaoji Bus Terminal at Kyoto Station Bus Terminal D2 and get off at Kumano-jinja-mae Bus Stop (approx. 30 mins, 3 mins walk from Kumano-jinja-mae Bus Stop)
From Shijo Kawaramachi
Route 31 Higashiyama-dori Takano-Iwakura
System 201 Gion / Hyakumanben Yuki
Route 203 to Gion and Kinbayashi-shako
Approx. 10 minutes by train, 3 minutes walk from Kumano-jinja-mae Station
20 minutes from the Kyoto Higashi Interchange on the Meishin Expressway
30 minutes from the Kyoto Minami Interchange on the Meishin Expressway
About 20 minutes from the Kamogawa-Higashi Interchange on the Hanshin Expressway Kyoto Line
There are 8 parking spaces (8 cars) on the basement level.
(Height limit 1.6m)
If you wish to use this service, please contact the Information Desk on the 1st floor of the West Wing
Please let us know.
We will give you a temporary parking permit.
In the event that your car is over 1.6m high or the lot is full, we will guide you to a nearby pay parking lot (not affiliated).
Please understand that we may not be able to provide you with a paid parking lot in the vicinity.