Kyoto Imperial Palace Area Tour of Traditional Craft Studios


Visit traditional craft studios around Kyoto Imperial Palace with an English-speaking, City of Kyoto-certified guide on a morning tour. Learn all about the lives of the proprietors, and spot the elegant cherry blossoms that grace the Kyoto streets.


  • Enjoy a Kyoto walking tour with a certified City of Kyoto guide
  • Visit traditional craft studios around Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Speak with local Kyoto traditional crafts people
  • Learn about the traditional craft studios of Kyoto

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Important Information

- Arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the start time - If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to join the tour - There are no refunds for late arrivals - As craft studios are closed, there will be no tours over the New Year's holiday, Golden Week, or Obon - This tour is recommended for people age 10 and over - Please note that depending on the cherry blossoms blooming period, you may not be able to see the cherry blossoms at full bloom [Activity Rule] Please arrive at the meeting spot at least 10 minutes before tour start time


Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, has historically been the gathering place for the greatest techniques in terms of producing food, fashion, and objects from a variety of fields. Because of the emperor’s presence in Kyoto and the great honor of receiving Kyoto Imperial Palace orders, Kyoto became a magnet for the most skilled artisans and merchants from throughout Japan. On this guided walking tour you will have an opportunity to visit some traditional craft stores located in the neighborhood around Kyoto Imperial Palace. Though much of the political and economic power that once resided exclusively in Kyoto has since moved to Tokyo, many traditional craft stores remain in the area around Kyoto Imperial Palace, preserving many of the traditions that developed and flourished during the city's heyday. An English-speaking, City of Kyoto-certified guide will help you explore the area as you gain insightful glimpses of the everyday lives of the amazing people of Kyoto who run these establishments. You will also get to see some of their amazing pieces—bamboo crafts, woodwork, traditional dolls, fragrant wood, and gold lacquer—all of which are inseparable from everyday Japanese life. This is a great opportunity to get a closer look at life and culture in this historically rich area. Join on this tour through Kyoto and see beyond the surface.

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