Kyoto Shibori Museum
Kyoto Shibori Museum
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Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Kyoto Shibori Museum is located southeast of Nijo castle; 5-min. walk from subway Nijojo-mae station; Adults 1,000yen; Open: 9:00-17:00; Shibori arts, tools and samples of shibori are displayed. Shibori class in English is available(reservation recommended); silk scarf: from 5,500 yen, approx 30-min. Museum shop: variety of original shibori items, scarves, bags, fabrics and souvenirs are sold at the reasonable price. Museum for all textile lovers on this planet.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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  • Kevin L
    Boston, Massachusetts33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A class, little shop, and museum
    A little place on a side street. Call ahead to sign up for a class in english. We had fun making our shibori wrapping clothes. There are other options as well. The family have been making cloth, clothing and kimono for many years. The museum upstairs (not wheelchair accessible). Is beautiful. Highly recommend.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • beverley c
    43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem
    The experience was really enjoyable making a shibori. The staff are lovely and while they dried and pressed our items , we saw a film on the very skilled art and how it is used and dyed. We were then shown an exhibition of art by a famous artist who has made 55 pictures of various places from Tokyo to Kyoto. We looked around their show and bought a beautiful Haori. The staff are so friendly and knowledgeable and it was a pleasure to meet them, would thoroughly recommend this.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Judy P
    Adelaide, Australia56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Created a unique momentous and had fun
    Really fun way to make a unique momento of Kyoto. The room of finished pieces was lovely, and I picked up a couple of unique souvenirs (bag and jacket) which were very reasonably priced. Probably of more interest to women than men.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Kate D
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful glimpse at textile art
    Such a cool museum. It's not large, but it will teach you a lot about shibori. We were led on a tour by one of the shibori artists, who gave us all the information we could have wanted and even demonstrated some of the techniques. There is lots to see, and many beautiful textiles to purchase and take home with you.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Jeanine N
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of my trip!
    Though the museum is close to the subway, I was running late, so I took a taxi there & the driver said it was muzukashii (difficult) to find. It was well worth finding—very kind & talented artisans work there (+ speak excellent English). They are very patient & make you feel like a star! I took two classes to make a cotton furoshiki + silk scarf. While waiting for my “art” to dry, I got a personal museum tour by the owner’s son. Great info + spectacular art--I would definitely return to take another class again!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 November 2023
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Lynnette L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
I recommend doing the class if visiting museum. Anyone can create beautiful design with easy helpful staff instruction.
Written 29 May 2024
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Nav B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
A very enjoyable experience . Learnt a new skill from a knowledge teacher. Enjoyed learning about the Japanese fabric history and seeing the beautiful pieces of fabric art and then coming home with a lovely creation.
Written 1 May 2024
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bromeley
San Jose, CA30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
If you love textiles and making beautiful things, this class is for you! Our group of 6 easily booked the Itajime Shibori Scarf Class with the online request form. The response was immediate, even after the Museum was closed. I requested the class to be taught in English - no problem! I was even able to add our 6th guest at the last minute since the family owned business is so responsive.
We were shown a variety of patterns and colors to choose from and were helped thoroughly for each step. The excitement was incredible when the finished scarf was revelead, quite a memorable souvenir.
While the scarves were drying, we viewed the small museum that was filled with incredible shibori artwork. There is also a gift shop with a nice price range of beautiful shibori clothing, scarves, accessories and purse.
The Yoshioka Family was there on staff to welcome and assist us. Their hospitality was a highlight along with the beautiful artwork the family has produced for several generations!
Written 26 April 2024
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Anabel M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It was great, so educational! The scarf class was amazing, and it turned out beautifully. This is a true gem, and the people there are so sweet and have been working there for generations. We went twice :) Truly a unique experience that you have to try!
Written 10 April 2024
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Lemster
San Francisco30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Agree with all the reviewers. You cannot go wrong with this activity. I wanted to add that this is not just for ladies....my husband really enjoyed the experience too! The enthusiasm of the staff made it so fun.
Written 6 March 2024
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JAPN
Melbourne63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Calm and relaxing class in a beautiful environment. The scarf I made was lovely but the workmanship of the outfits and kimonos made through the school are incredible workmanship - years in the making.
Written 20 January 2024
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Jeanine N
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo

Though the museum is close to the subway, I was running late, so I took a taxi there & the driver said it was muzukashii (difficult) to find. It was well worth finding—very kind & talented artisans work there (+ speak excellent English). They are very patient & make you feel like a star! I took two classes to make a cotton furoshiki + silk scarf. While waiting for my “art” to dry, I got a personal museum tour by the owner’s son. Great info + spectacular art--I would definitely return to take another class again!
Written 18 November 2023
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Kate D
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Such a cool museum. It's not large, but it will teach you a lot about shibori. We were led on a tour by one of the shibori artists, who gave us all the information we could have wanted and even demonstrated some of the techniques. There is lots to see, and many beautiful textiles to purchase and take home with you.
Written 17 November 2023
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Judy P
Adelaide, Australia56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Really fun way to make a unique momento of Kyoto. The room of finished pieces was lovely, and I picked up a couple of unique souvenirs (bag and jacket) which were very reasonably priced. Probably of more interest to women than men.
Written 3 November 2023
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Joy T
Hinsdale, IL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Everyone at the Kyoto Shibori Museum were so nice and friendly. They helped my kids (8 and 5) design their scarves and were so encouraging. We came out with beautiful souvenirs and a great appreciation for the shibori technique. This was my kids' favorite activity in Kyoto. I would highly recommend it!
Written 23 October 2023
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