The name Nishijin-ori (brocade) tells the story of how textile workers dispersed to various places returned to Kyoto in 1467 after the “Onin-no-ran (Onin War)” and restarted producing textiles around the remains of the territory of the West squad, which was led by Commander Yamana Sozen during the wartime.
The Nishijin area, which has thrived on Nishijin-ori since ancient times, is situated about 25 minutes by bus from the JR Kyoto Station. The traditional atmosphere of this town makes it a pleasure to stroll around and visit the shops. We highly recommend buying a Nishijin-ori obi (sash) or kimono at one of the specialty shops or department stores. For the obi in particular, check that a “Shoshi” (certificate stamp) from the Nishijin-ori Industry Union is attached. You can also buy small items at the “Nishijin-ori Art Museum” in Kyoto.
Nishijin Textile Center
Address: Horikawa-Imadegawa Minami-iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-8216
Closed: Year-end through the New Year period
Access: 7-minute walk from Karasuma Imadegawa Station on the subway Karasuma Line