Kyoto Design House
If you only stop in one shop in Kyoto
, this should be it. Housed on the ground floor of the Niwaka building, designed by Pritzker-laureate architect Tadao Ando, the meticulously curated collection of housewares and designers goods is a superb expression of Kyoto’s design and craftwork ranging from the old-fashioned to the modern and the affordable to the downright extravagant. The merchandise changes with the seasons, but expect to find the likes of fragrant monk-carved cedar chopsticks, baby blue and ink-colored soy sauce dishes in the shape of clouds, lacquered bamboo boxes, and handwoven silk capes.