I see that you are a carver yourself. This would have added to the interest for you. It was a little disappointing for me as I was expecting to see more antique Netsuke of quality, despite Reinhard's kind warning above.
It was indeed difficult to find the place. We walked round and round, and despite telling the locals in fluent (non-Kyoto Ben) Japanese that it was either next to or part of the famous Mibu-dera Temple complex (even Japanese citizens cannot in general read 壬生寺) we got mostly blank looks. Once there, however, it was a lovely old house set in a typically Japanese garden. They had the heaters on full-blast inside, which cannot be good for either human or Netsuke health, and you take your life in your hands with those passages and stairs and low beams. There was a large magnifying glass lying there upstairs inviting the visitor to pick it up, but the glass cases did not permit the loupe to come into focus at all. The large collections on the first and second floors were mostly by contemporary carvers, and the photographs with Princess Takamado on the walls backed up the feeling that this was a Netsuke carving association's head quarters.
A small attic space serving as the third floor contained their older Netsuke in impressive vitrine showcases, but I found myself wondering whether that was it, or whether there might not be other Netsuke possibly not on display, ie in those locked drawers. (About the same quantity as on display in the British Museum's Japan rooms, but of lesser quality, IMHO.)
So, glad to have finally visited, but at ￥1,000 yen each I would hesitate to go again, unless they had some special exhibition.
PS You mention buying their pamphlets, those publications along the wall in the for-sale rack? Wishing now that I had checked them out...
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Size is something.