A compact hall of wonders, the Shosuikaku is one of the most fascinating ways to learn what is possible with the techniques of Nishijin weaving.
UPDATE: Unfortunately Shosuikaku has now permanently closed
Housed in a lovely old wooden Nishijin house, the Shosuikaku is a small private museum where some truly remarkable examples of Nishijin weaving are on display. But the crowning glory is upstairs. Your guide will lead you to a room on the second floor and ask you to be seated in the center of the room. She will then control the lighting and music to create an absolutely mind blowing experience of changing colors and patterns (the woven murals are composed of threads that react differently to different colored lights, meaning that hidden patterns are revealed as the illumination changes). It’s highly recommended.
Kita-gawa, Teranouchi-dori Chiekoin Higashi iru, Kamigyo-ku
Closed during Obon holiday and new year holiday
Junior high school students and younger: Free
Non-smoking area: Yes
10min walk from Horikawa Imadegawa Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 9 from Kyoto Station
Official Website (English)
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See my list of hand-picked recommendations for Nishijin, including things to do and places to eat.
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