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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Traditional Industries

There are many traditional industries and technologies in various places throughout Japan, including Kyoto, where you can see craftsmen at work or experience part of the process at a workshop or center. These lovingly-crafted products make excellent souvenirs.

Existing side by side with modern industries are traditional industries. Craftsmen's skills have been handed down through generations of families and are very much in evidence even today in Kyoto and in many other historic cities, towns and villages. The following is a small listing of places in Kyoto where you can watch artists at work.

Nishijin Textile Center

a 1-min. walk from Horikawa-Imadegawa Bus Stop or 7-min. walk from subway Karasuma-Imadegawa Sta., has a collection of Nishijin products and gives a demonstration of silk-weaving. Open daily 9:00-17:00. Closed mid-Aug. ("bon" holidays) and Dec. 29-Jan. 3. Tel (075)451-9231

Kyoto Handicraft Center

a 2-min. walk from Kumano-jinja-mae Bus Stop, is a retail cooperative of Kyoto's leading shops of handicrafts. You can watch artists making damascene, woodblock carving and print making, and doll making. Open 10:00-19:00. Closed on New Year's holiday. Tel. (075)761-5080. Address: 21, Shogoin, Entomi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto.


a 10-min. walk from Kyoto Sta., is a shop for Sensu or Japanese folding fans at which you can watch craftsmen at work. Open daily 9:00-17:00 (10:00-18:00 on Sun. & national holidays.) Tel. (075)371-4151. Address: 46, Tsutsugane-cho Higashinotoin-dori, Shomen-agaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto.


a 3-min. walk from Imadegawa-Jofukuji Bus Stop, exhibits handmade Nishijin-ori fabrics and Noh costumes. You can also watch craftsmen doing hand-weaving in the factory. Open from 10:00-16:00 Closed on Mon. and New Year's holiday. Admission: ¥500. Apply by phone for a group of 10 or more persons; Tel. (075)431-0020. Address: 693, Daikoku-cho, Kamidachiuri-agaru, Jofukuji-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto.

Kodai Yuzen-en

a 3-min. walk from Horikawa-Matsubara Bus Stop, has a collection of Kimono and Yuzen products and gives silk-dyeing demonstrations. You can enjoy making your own souvenir by experiencing Yuzen stencil dyeing. Open 9:00-18:00. Closed on New Year's holiday. Admission: ¥500 (Experience Yuzen handmade products ¥1,050 or more 9:00-17:00). Apply by phone for a group of 10 or more persons; Tel. (075)823-0500. Address: 688 Takatsuji, Inokuma, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto.

Industrial Exhibitions and Fairs

Japan hosts a number of industrial exhibitions and fairs every year; some exclusively for trade but most are open to the public as well. They provide an excellent opportunity for visitors to keep abreast with the latest developments in industrial and consumer products. Please contact JNTO's overseas offices or tourist information center for information on which fairs and exhibitions might interest you.

All information, including transportation schedules, fares, prices and accommodation charges, which is contained in this page is based on data as of December 2006, and is subject to change without notice. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of all information, regrettably errors do occasionally occur. Therefore, you should check with organizations concerned for updated and accurate information on your chosen destination. JNTO shall not be liable for any loss or damage of whatever nature that may arise as a result, directly or indirectly, from the use of any of the information or material contained in this page.

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