I have written an article on where to shop in Kyoto (spring 2015) for Hakuhodo brushes, Ippodo tea, Imabari towels, Shoyeido incense and home wear/room wear (Gelato Pique). Japan has become a fantastic place to shop because the yen keeps going down in value against the US dollar. Don’t forget to take your passport to the stores — you get a tax-free refund. Most shops require that you spend 10,000 yen ($80 at the exchange rate of 124 yen to $1) but others, like Tokyu Hands, give you a 5 percent off card when you show your passport and it applies to ANY purchase in the store regardless of amount.
Where to shop in Kyoto 2015 edition
June 3, 2015 by Esme Vos