Despite a rocky start when I put my shoeless foot on the outside part of the building entrance, our visit to Orinasu-Kan – The Foundation for the Promotion of Hand-woven Textiles – was yet another example of the generosity and kindness of people that we met on this trip to Japan.
Orinasu-Kan in Kyoto spans two floors and has examples of Japanese textiles and stunningly beautiful kimonos. On the upper floor there were also handbags recently made from kimono or obi cloth and brochures for cabinets to house your ceremonial wardrobe.
From Osaka station (not Shin-Osaka), look for the Bus sign and make your way to the B stations. Take a No 90 bus (B1) and stay on for about half an hour. The stop that you want is Horikawa Imadegawa (corner of Horikawa and Imadegawa Streets). Watch the sign on the windshield as it shows four stops at a time and you’ll be able to see when yours is coming up. It’s a flat fare so have your change on hand as you disembark (230 Yen in October 2017).
From the bus stop, walk back towards the intersection and turn right. Meander down Imadegawa-dori until you reach Daikoku-cho. If you’re hungry, take tea at the Japanese sweet shop or pick up a pastry at the French bakery.
Address: 693 Daikoku-cho, Kamigyo-ku
Photograph is from SHIRAMINE JINGUH which you will see if you turn left (and cross the road) instead of turning right at Imadegawa-dori.