The Nishijin district, which still has some old wooden warehouses hugging the canals, hangs onto the artistic thread of traditional Japanese silk weaving. The Nishijin-ori Textile Center is a fascinating place to learn about the weaving industry. Hands-on lessons let you weave your own garment: for ¥1,800 you'll get a great souvenir. Reserve ahead and you can try on various different kimonos, rent one for a night on the town, or even buy one (¥10,000). Try to catch at
least one of the seven daily fashion shows that feature traditional clothing. To get here, take Bus 9, 12, 51, or 59 to the Horikawa-Imadegawa stop.