While searching for fabric stores in Kyoto I kept reading about a tiny needle shop that was quite tricky to find. Of course that meant I had to find it. I am so glad I did. Misuyabari is located just off a shopping mall down a passage way, luckily a few people gave quite good instructions. I followed these ones.
At the end of the short passage way is a beautiful garden and at the back of it is a tiny little shop.
They also make these lovely sewing boxes.
And pin cushions that are full of wool so your needles don't rust.
Some of the needles have a round eye which I believe is easier to thread.