What is your favorite place in the world you’ve traveled to and why? Kyoto, Japan, hands down. If you geek out about paper goods as much as I do—stationery, cards, pens, pencils, boxes, post cards, stamps, stickers—Kyoto is the place to be. – Brianne Garcia
Located on the east side of Teramachi Street, an indoor shopping arcade in Kyoto—a Japanese megalopolis known for its cherry blossom trees and Shinto shrines—Kamiji Kakimoto stocks handmade paper products in the middle of the “Thousand-Year Capital.” This store sells traditional craft supplies in a bustling tech city where SMS has replaced the written word. Yuzen, traditional Japanese paper, and kizuki-gami, paper made from tree bark, are available in an assortment of beautiful shades. Washi paper, constructed from the gampi tree, which grows in Japan’s rocky mountain regions, is also popular.
Kamiji Kakimoto dates back to the Edo period, which lasted from 1603 to 1868—when washi paper became popular in Kyoto—and occupies a brick building two blocks from Kyotoshiyakusho-Mae Station and Kyoto Hotel Okura. Tourists come here to source stationery for art and craft projects like gift wrapping, DIY crafts, decoration making, and card writing, and can choose from an impressive selection of notebooks and journals as a memento of their trip. There’s also a kaleidoscope of origami paper colors available; these thin slices of paper are perfect for Japan’s national pastime. The paper store is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Browse the products online.
Address: 54 Tokiwagi-cho, Teramachi Nijo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto