Tondaya was originally established in the Edo Period (1603 – 1868) and engaged in the money exchanging business, and was established as a dry-goods seller in 1885. It is a typical store with the store being in front and the owner’s living quarters behind, and they continue doing business even now, so you can come and experience their continuing business yourself, as it is open for the public to come and visit.
Experience living in a merchant's house
At Tondaya you can experience what living in a merchant’s house was like. The basic tour is 45 minutes and you will learn about the store inherited by generation after generation, and the lifestyle and traditions of merchants. There is also the kimono experience as well as the tea ceremony experience, and the Setsubun experience, depending on the season.
There are some tours set up especially for tourists visiting Japan, so please check their website.
From JR Kyoto Station (京都駅) it's 15 minutes by car. It's also a 3 minute walk if you take the Imadegawa Omiya stop on the city bus.
Image Gallery: Tondaya Nishijin Textile Lifestyle Gallery
Description: Tondaya Nishijin Textile Lifestyle Gallery
|Sights||Tondaya Nishijin Textile Lifestyle Gallery (西陣くらしの美術館 富田屋)|
697, Ishiyakushi-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 075-432-6701 / Fax: 075-432-6702|
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|Recommended target||Couples Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Tondaya Nishijin Textile Lifestyle Gallery