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Kyukyo-do, Kyoto

Ane-koji-kado, Teramachi-dori
Japan 604-8091
Tel: 81 75 231 0510's insider take:

Guidebooks describe Kyuko-do as an "incense and stationery" store—which may confuse shoppers more than lure them in. This is a shame, for Kyuko-do is no New Age tchotchke shop. The incense is of the Japanese variety, coming in stick, cones, and chips for use in tea ceremonies and Buddhist rituals. And the stationery, including mixed packs of colorful origami paper (perfect for writing notes) and handmade cards and envelopes, make excellent gifts. Artists will be interested in the store's beautiful brushes, paper, and ink stones made for traditional sumi-e, or ink brush painting.

Closed Sundays.

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