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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 hand-woven silk capes.