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Nijo Wakasaya

This confectioner sells mochi drinks and chestnut sweets but it’s kuzu-yu, a traditional Japanese dessert drink known as the Fountain of Youth, that you should make a beeline for. Neatly packaged boxes are beautiful designed and it is said the drinks cure sore throats, sniffles and hangovers.

Isetan

With approximately 25 stores across Japan, this luxury department store is the perfect place to get gifts to bring home. The bottom two floors sell food and alcohol; the confectionary counter alone, piled high with chocolates, will take a substantial period of time to work through. Most staff speak excellent English and can help you choose the right sake or Genmaicha tea. Conveniently located inside the Kyoto Station Building, it makes halling your purchase home that little bit easier.

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  • Higashi Shiokoji-cho
    Karasuma-dori
    Shiokoji sagaru
    Shimogyo-ku

Yojiya

Shu Uemura, SK-II and Shiseido have reached international cult status but Yojiya, a famous cosmetic store founded in Kyoto over 100 years ago, remains largely unknown outside Japan. Oil-blotting paper is something most Japanese women keep in their makeup bags and Yojiya’s are one of the most popular. At certain times of the year they do a limited edition fragrances; around April they might do a sakura (cherry blossom) edition.

  • +81 75 865 2212
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  • Nonomiya Toge
    Saga Tenryu-ji
    Tateishi-cho
    Ukyo-ku

Tokyu Hands

Japan is synonymous with stationery and Tokyu Hands is stocked to the rafters with it. Explore the multilevel stationery-store’s array of elegant notebooks, garish stickers and colourful bento boxes, as well as paper to tester your origami skills. There’s even a cafe to sit in with a coffee while you write postcards to home.

  • +81 75 254 3109
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  • Near Daimaru Kyoto / 27 Naginataboko-cho
    Shijo-Karasuma Higashi-iru
    Shimogyo-ku
    Kyoto City

UNIQLO

When in Rome guys. If it’s cheaper and offers more choice it means you’re not a heathen; merely a savvy shopper. Uniqlo, Gu and Muji are all worth a quick browse while abroad for an updated edit of their latest offering. If you’re lucky you might pick up a Yukata or Kimono in muted colours.

Nijo Wakasaya

Isetan

Yojiya

Tokyu Hands

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