Nishijin Textile Center
Nishijin Textile Center
3.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Located in Kyoto's weaving district, Nishijin Textile Center has a museum, a shop selling kimono and other textile goods, a kimono fashion show, and a rental kimono shop for strolling around town.
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Neighbourhood: 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 shops selling traditional clothing and goods. Showcasing architecture with sloping roofs and wooden reliefs dating to decades past, the streets in the Nishijin District transport you back in time, making them a joy to wander.
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Global715255
Tokyo, Japan20,241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Precious facility to know about the traditional textile in Kyoto. They also keep the silk worms by feeding them the mulberry leaves. It is admission free so why won't you visit too? You can get there by Horikawa Imadegawa Bus Stop.
Written 25 May 2024
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Otfd1
Wollongong, Australia37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
My wife was a little disappointed. She was hoping for fabric she couldn't get at home in Australia. Nothing extraordinary.
Written 24 November 2019
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Ingapatt
Rome10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
We found our way to the Nishijin Textile Center on the local bus. Glad we made the trip. Hand made scarves, lots of mens ties and interesting displays. The scarves are 100% silk and you can see them making something in one of the rooms. Not sure if it was a scarf or kimono. They also do a daily fashion show that looked fun but we missed it. Handicap accessible and free.
Written 6 November 2019
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vichy
NYC554 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This isn't a comprehensive review as I visited during a day when they were operating on limited hours, so the availability of the kimono show and demos was limited. On a regular day the experience may well be different.

That said, when I did go it was pretty disappointing. The museum that they offered on the third floor was definitely interesting and I wish that they would expand it and provide even more information on the different weaving techniques. In terms of demos, there were only 2 that were available when I went - unfortunately I was unable to communicate with the craftsmen so there was a limit to what I could glean from what they were doing (and both stopped their work, sadly, as I approached). Primarily the rest of the space is all shopping, half of which was the normal touristy souvenir items available everywhere.
Written 20 October 2019
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Tric
E.wa27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Basically a shopping stop, but interesting to learn about Kimono's and fun to see the little fashion show. Wide range of expensive artisan silk items to inexpensive souvenirs available.
Written 17 October 2019
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Baland
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
If you're up for some souvenir shopping then this place is where you should buy from. It's the place where all the small shops buy from, so it's cheaper. Many many interesting things to buy.
Written 15 October 2019
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Sparkie09
Goa, India2,400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Was a lovely experience and worth every bit...one get to see these beautiful and expensive kimonos ...as one hardly sees the locals sporting them on regular basis....may be it's only for special occasions... thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it ...the Japanese walk with socks ..dear gear, the bow of the kimono etc.
Also saw the fabrics displayed in their showroom...don't miss it ..
Written 26 September 2019
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Rebew2019
121 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
what a poor display and an even poorer attempt to showcase textile works. stuck in the (not so good) 80’s (trust me i was there, not good!!!!) if you liked this you should see a doctor...... i can’t help
you! couldn’t take photo was chased by sales lady out of the shop......
Written 26 August 2019
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Zapporah
Los Angeles, CA42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
If you love kimono, this is a great place for you! The fashion show is amazing, there were beautiful examples shown on stage from the super flamboyant and colorful to more subdued, mature beauty. All of them are lovely. I also enjoyed the museum pieces on the history of kimono and kimono creation. The gift shop though is dangerous – I could easily spend $1000 here! I love stores that sell more unique gifts and this was a great example of that.
Written 6 August 2019
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Duckbattle
Canberra27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
This was a pleasant way to fill in an hour, especially if you are interested in weaving. The 101 bus stops right out the front, so visiting is very easy. We went specifically to see the exhibition of Noh costumes in the Centre’s museum. The museum has two rooms: the first houses a permanent exhibition on the introduction of the Jacquard loom to Japan, and the second (I believe) houses temporary exhibitions of the various styles of Nishijin fabric. The Noh costumes and fabric samples ranged in age from 15th century to the 1970s, and the quality was amazingly high. Though we enjoyed the exhibition, it would have been improved by a little more information, such as photos of the costumes being worn or a description of why the motifs in the fabric were appropriate to the character or play.

After that, we took a look at the shop, which has a very large range of items and prices. The lower level has men’s accessories, while the upper level is much more varied - it has the sort of cheap souvenirs you can find anywhere, extremely expensive silk kimono, and all sorts of things in between. Again, the shop would benefit from highlighting the history and special features of the businesses that make these wonderful textiles, so the visitor can gain more of an appreciation of what they are buying. Be aware that waves of people flow through the place as a bus tour arrives or the time for the kimono fashion parade draws near. After a lengthy browse, we ended up buying some silk purses and a fabric sample. The Centre does not do the tax refund for tourists at the point of sale (maybe because of those waves of people), if that is of concern to you.

A fun feature of the shop area was a lady weaving on a Jacquard loom, which was really interesting to see in action. She was very skilled, and happy to explain as best she could what she was doing.
Written 22 June 2019
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