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An incredible experience

A wonderful family steeped in history. Their passion for their craft is inspirational. A truly... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2018
Shibuya, Japan
Indigo Lovely

What a lovely family and story. It's a nostalgic journey that takes you back some generations. The... read more

Reviewed 2 February 2018
Queensland, Australia
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Nakasuji Omiya Nishi Iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kamigyo, Kyoto 602-8449, Kyoto Prefecture
Nishijin District
+81 75-441-0355
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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

There are several people working there, the elderly couple was fine, however the other man was very rude. We were going to buy a few things but because of his bad manners we only bought one thing. Don't buy there. It's overpriced compared to Tokyo....More

4  Thank succintreviewer
Reviewed 28 March 2018

A wonderful family steeped in history. Their passion for their craft is inspirational. A truly wonderful experience and humbled by their hospitality.

1  Thank jvjacks0n
Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

What a lovely family and story. It's a nostalgic journey that takes you back some generations. The books of fabric designs that date back to the 1920's is a rare treat. sometimes I was a bit lost due to my new "japanese ear"..., but please...More

1  Thank IzzyBella17
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Impressed with the history of the business, hidden in a gem of an old house in the textile district, I was smitten by the richest, deepest blue color i have ever seen. I bought a jacket to wear for many years back home, and by...More

3  Thank ionic4
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Beautiful natural indigo dyed fabrics and clothing. After my family purchased, the shop owner demonstrated how he dyes the clothes. The store is in a traditional Japanese home structure. The authentic natural indigo dye that lasts for a very long time is why you would...More

2  Thank Felipe V
Reviewed 11 May 2017

I walked into Aizen Kobo 17 years ago to find out the owner had lived in Colombia, so random. I was mind-blown at the quality, refinement and beauty of the garments and bedding. Spectacular, and always remember how sweet and hospitable everyone was.

2  Thank tomasreyes
Reviewed 2 October 2015

I was eager to find new, naturally-dyed clothing on my trip to Japan. Several travel websites recommended Aizenkobo for indigo. We spent one morning at the atelier. The owners are delightful. Aizenkobo is located in a traditional house in Nishinjin, an area of Kyoto famous...More

4  Thank zzyyxxww
Reviewed 8 May 2015

Other friends had described the fabulous dyes used by Hisako Utsuki. His work is on display in several museums. The indigo dyes are fantastic and you can see both his work (also for sale$$) and the dying process at this tiny studio/store. It is worth...More

4  Thank IowaCityProf
Reviewed 6 November 2014

We found this charming shop through Durston's Old Kyoto (a great book, BTW)- it is truly a gem. It is tucked away in a historic house in the textile district of Kyoto, an easy bus ride from downtown. It's run by Mr. Ken-ichi Utsuki and...More

15  Thank MD_BS_12
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Nishijin District
A district with a long textile heritage, ancient Kyoto
is still alive in the Nishijin District. Studded with
its weaving factories, tea houses, and onsen, the
neighborhood is charming and peaceful with a
self-possessed air. Less traveled than other parts of
the city, it is a district where you can take it at
your own pace. Visitors can explore the many weaving
and cloth houses, the free kimono shows, and the many
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