Style / Fashion Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Keibunsha Ichijoji Branch
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    4.5
    34 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujiharaitonochou 10
    A book store, a three minute walk from Ichijoji Station. The shop’s collection of books, selected by the staff, are arranged in a unique pattern not concerned with genre. The shop also sells a variety of unique items to help purchasers enrich their lives and home interiors with books. There is also a gallery space and a floor dedicated to lifestyle books and goods. The shop is the only one in Japan to be selected for the U.K. Guardian’s list of “The World’s 10 Best Bookshops.”

    This bookshop has a very cute façade. I came here specifically to check out the non-book souvenirs but there werent much at all and are all on the pricey end. Went on to check out their collection...

  • Shoyeido Incense Co. Kyoto Main Store
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    4.5
    29 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Karasuma-dori Nijo Agaru East side
    A long-standing store with a long history as a leader of fragrance culture since its founding in 1705. They manufacture and sell all sorts of fragrances including incense for religious use, incense sticks for tatami rooms, informal incenses, incense for tea ceremonies, and incense pastilles. The shop interior feels like a room used for tea ceremonies and it's fun to search the shop for a scent that fits your lifestyle. Popular purchases for those looking for Kyoto souvenirs are their Hourin incenses, a traditional scent used in traditional Japanese restaurants and inns, and their popular XiangDo Series, a pure fragrance with scents of rose and lavender.

    My friend and I absolutely had the most fascinating visit to the Karasuma Nijo store where Ryoko-San introduced us to the traditional way of making incense in their fragrance factory tour. Ryoko-San...

  • Yumeyakata Kyoto Kimono Rental Shop (Gojo Branch)
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    4.0
    93 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Manjujichou 128
    This kimono rental store is located in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto. You can rent kimono to wear while strolling about the sites in Kyoto, and they also rent out yukata and hakama. It is also possible to arrange a stylist and photographer to take professional photographs for casual sightseeing or even wedding ceremonies.

    Best experience in Kyoto, where they let me pick the kimono colors, did my hair and set me up with a photographer and translator and we took a taxi to Gion. Was the best photoshoot I ever had. They...

  • Sanbido Karasuma Head Office
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    4.5
    18 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Muromachi-dori Aya Fuji Shimuru Hakarakutencho 504
    A Japanese trinket shop located a three minute walk from both Karasuma Station and Shijo Station operated by the Sanbi trinket brand, which was founded in 1886. The shop sells exclusively designed trinkets made with traditional Japanese craft making techniques such as tie dying and sewing, including furoshiki wrapping cloths, bags, gamaguchi purses, tenugui hand cloths, and obidome sash ornaments. Like the products sold there, the design of the shop itself is a blend of the traditional and the modern.

    This shop sells Japanese traditional goods such as pouch, handkerchief, and bags. Staffs have good hospitality and I can find real Japanese taste goods. It locates near the center of Kyoto...

  • Zohiko (Kyoto Teramachi location)
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    4.5
    17 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Teramachi-dori Nijo Railway Le Rue West Side Shinjuku Temple 719-1
    A venerable Kyoto lacquerware shop established in 1661 located in Teramachi, Kyoto City. In order to explore new possibilities while continuing to respect over 350 years of history, the shop has recently begun actively collaborating with international companies and creators to produce products that meet the needs of today. The shop moved to its current location in 2014 and offers an extensive range of products such as everyday articles for the current season, gifts, and exquisite pieces which shine with the skills of the craftsmen who produced them. A five-minute walk from Exit 11 of Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station on the Tozai Line subway.

    If you want to have a piece of real Japanese art go to Zohiko. World best class of lacquer. Just perfect and displayed with a lot of taste. Very friendly and professional staff!

  • Oharibako
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    5.0
    11 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Murasakinomonzenchou 25
    This specialty shop for crafting tsumami (small accessories) located in the Kita Ward of Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture is based in a machiya (townhouse) with a dignified appearance that was built in Japan’s Taisho period. Inside, the shop has arranged many lovely little tsumami crafts including hair ornaments and colorful kimono accessories made from old cloth recycled from kimonos. The “tsumami workshop experience” is popular as it enables participants to make their own original hairpins by arranging cloths in their choice of colors. One of the shop’s artisans will carefully explain how to make tsumami, starting with how to handle the necessary implements, so even beginners can participate with ease (advance reservation required).

    If you admire the Japanese kimono and beautiful things, go to this store and take their class. We had such a good time creating our own hair ornament. The instructor didnt really speak any English...

  • Eirakuya Hosotsuji Ihee Shoten Gion Shop
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku 4 Jodori Yamatooji Higashiiri Gionmachikitagawa 242
    This cotton textile merchant is located in the Gion shopping district. Its name is believed to have come from the Yongle Tongbao coin crest on the hitatare coat worn by the founder's ancestor when he went to battle on the order of the samurai warlord Oda Nobunaga. The shop carries a selection of more than 200 different tenugui (Japanese hand towels). Mostly notably is their Machiya Tenugui line, which revives patterns created between the Meiji period and the early Showa period. Their colorful and unique tenugui, which depict scenes such as cherry blossoms seen through the windows of a machiya (Japanese traditional house) or a maiko enjoying a round of golf, are popular as Kyoto souvenirs.

    I love this shop. Stumbled upon it on my last visit in January 2018. Made it a point to go again today. They sell beautifully printed cloth which makes good gifts. Can be used as a towel, lunch box...

  • Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Takabatakechou 602
    Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu was originally founded in 1905 as Ichizawa Hanpu, a store which made and sold canvas goods. Located to the north of Yasaka Shrine at the intersection of Chion-in-michi and Higashi Oji-dori Avenue, the shop is the only one operated by the Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu company. The shop’s mode is “made in Kyoto, sold in Kyoto.” The cutting, shaping, sewing, and attachment of the metal fittings of the shop’s bags, backpacks, lifestyle goods, and other canvas products are all done one by one by the hands of craftspeople. Except for occasional limited time pop-up stalls, this is the only place you can buy Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu products.
  • Rental Kimono Okamoto (Kiyomizudera Branch)
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    4.5
    63 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2-237-1-1
    Rental Kimono Okamoto is on the walk leading up to Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward. It is operated by Okamoto Textile Shop, a venerable business with a 180-year history. It stocks over 1,000 different kimono to choose from and even helps customers with putting on the kimono and styling their hair. Many foreign tourists who want to experience Japanese culture patronize this shop.

    8 of us rented kimonos and had a great experience. The ladies collection was not as extensive as I have seen in some of the other shops but the location is fantastic and the women working in the...

  • Konohana
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Bakurochou 898 Kitano Tenmangu Shrine South Gate
    This Japanese variety shop is about five minutes on foot from Kitano-Hakubaicho Station on the Kitano Line in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City. They have an array of handmade items, including coin purses made with Japanese patterned chirimen silk crepe and stuffed toys. Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is nearby, so lots of tourists from Japan and abroad drop by.

    京都の夏は暑く、少し歩いただけでも冷たいものが欲しくなります。そんな中、知人が教えてくれたお店がこちら。 いわゆる甘味処のお店ですが、夏はほぼ下記通りがメイン。他のお店と比べても早めに開店するのが特徴。にも拘わらず、朝から列が出来る程の人気のお店です。日中であれば入店だけに数十分要することも。熱中症対策は必要不可欠です。 いずれのかき氷もてんこ盛りの盛り付けですが、価格は安めに設定されています。シ...

  • Platz
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujitsukurimichichou 5
    Platz is a Kyoto zabuton (floor cushion) store on the road from Randen Saga Station towards Tenryuji Temple. It is an old shop initially established around 1890 with a factory in the Nishijin district. The zabuton are available not only ready-made, but one can also put in custom orders based on use, shape and color, and their artisans will make the cushions by hand. The zabuton are of such quality that they are used in many shrines, temples and traditional restaurants. Not just cushions, the shop is also adapting to the needs of the time with more general goods including hats and handkerchiefs.

    was walking to the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, store nestled by a quiet street. Beautifully well-made Japanese products. Staff were friendly and attentive to customers needs. Great gifts ideas...

  • Maisendo Gion
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 579
    "This is a folding fan specialty shop run by Maisendo, a long-time creator of unique, original fans. This shop faces Shijo-dori avenue, a center for the ""real Kyoto,"" and offers a wide variety of fans including summer fans for men and women, specialty dance fans, decorative fans, and more. They are particularly popular for fans that help create the perfect mood for special days, or as gifts for anniversaries, mother's/father's days, and other occasions. They also offer fan painting workshops, where you can choose an empty pattern and add the color yourself, and they can also engrave fans bought in-store with your choice of name (for a fee)."

    I stumbled across this place while strolling the streets of Kyotos Gion district back in 2009. Its one of those shops where the Japanese themselves buy their traditional clothing, so dont expect...

  • Ishiguro-Kouho
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Sanjodori Yanaginobanba Nishi Iru
    This is the only shop in Japan that specializes in Nihohibukuro scented sachets. It has designed and sold its versatile original Nihohibukuro since its founding in 1855. Naturally these sachets, patterned on seasonal flowers, zodiac signs, and animals, can be used as scents, but also as interior designs. You can choose from different fabrics like Yuzen printed silk, and Nishijin brocade, with four different scents, to create your own original Nihohibukuro.

    Adorable hand made crafts! Some of there products are cellphone case, jewelry box/container(see picture) and decorations to give as gifts and/or souvenirs. It was also nice to see the staff make...

  • Hakuchikudo Main Shop
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Yasuya Machiya Hexagon Tower Shirakabicho 448
    Hakuchikudo in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward specializes in selling folding fans. It sells a wide range of fans, not only traditional Kyoto-style fans made according to traditional techniques, but also fashionable fans decorated with lace or rhinestones. In this low-key store, customers can draw their own patterns on a fan or play the traditional game of fan throwing.

    ちょっとそこまで、「白竹堂京都本店」ヘ ! 白竹堂本店は京都中心部の麩屋町六角にあり落ち着いた雰囲気を伝えています。自身で好きな絵を描き扇子にできる絵付け体験や扇子への名入れサービスなどもあり品揃が豊富です。繊細で細やかな刺繍のと伝統色の京扇子は代表的なものと言えるでしょう。和小物セットも販売しています。

  • Kyogoku Iwai
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Shinkyogoku Dori Shijo Agaru Nakanocho 556
    This shop specializes in colorful Kyoto-style knickknacks made using elegant Nishijin silk brocade. The historic-feeling Kyoto townhouse is filled with craft products like incense, washi paper, fans, and aromatic sachets. The incense-scented shop is a pleasure just to browse through. The coin purses, hair scrunchies, and pouches made with gold-shot Nishijin brocade are a hit with overseas tourists. They also offer a wide variety of traditionally Japanese style small goods for men, as well.

    木造の町屋風で昔ながらのお店に入ったかのような感覚になりました。各種手工芸品が販売されていますが、さすが品質の良さそうなものばかりでした。

  • Matsuhiro Shoten (Kamihichiken Branch)
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kamigyo-ku Imadegawa Nishinomoto 7 pine Nishi Entry Masayori-machi 716
    Matsuhiro Shoten is a variety store in Kyoto's Kamigyo Ward. It specializes in the metal parts for Japanese-style purses and tote bags, and they stock a wide variety of so-called toad mouth purses, all of which are handmade by skilled craftsmen. Customers can choose from reasonably priced purses of many colors and designs. The shop also offers repairs and adjustments free of charge for purses purchased there.

    上七軒、初めて歩きました。静かで情緒がある街並みです。その通りにあるがまぐち専門店です。お座敷にあがって、たくさんある中から商品を選べます。大きさ、色柄など種類がかなりあります。時間をかけて探すのが楽しかったです。

  • Rental Kimono Akahime Arashiyama Main Store
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho 3-56
    A shop where you can rent kimono at reasonable prices. They offer a variety of different options which include dressing and accessories and you can also choose to rent umbrellas, parasols, or haori formal coats. They also offer a special Kimono rental and meal option where you can enjoy a Kyoto meal that can't be had anywhere else.

    My husband and I rented kimonos here, finding the shop by accident somewhat. The ladies let me choose a kimono from hundreds of different patterns and styles, and then helped me find an obi to...

  • Maisendo Nishiki Market Store
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Nishikikoji-dori Gokomachi Nishi Iru

    There’s just so much to see and sample in Nishiki Market. Everywhere you turn there’s something delicious. We had a tamago sandwich that was made in a shop that sold mainly eggs and the sandwiches...

  • Karancolon Kyoto Main Store
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Shijyo Tsui Kobashi Nishi Mori-cho 83-1
    This shop within close walking distance of Kawaramachi Station offers Japanese accessories under the concept of “nostalgic but new; new but Kyoto-esque.” Passing through the entrance with its colorful noren curtains and Kyoto latticework, you’ll find a series of elegant yet cute, original Japanese accessories including handbags with clasps, folding fans, pouches and scarves. All of the items have fashionable designs that have combined a sense of traditional Kyoto and the new modern era, and they easily go well with both Japanese clothing and regular everyday clothing.

    外国人の友人へのプレゼントを探しに行きました。値段も手頃で可愛いものが多かったです。ただ、新宿に系列店があったので、そこでもよかったかな、と後で少し思いました。

  • kitekite (Kyoto Main Shop)
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Yanagi Baba Tosy Hexagon Rail Tamoya-cho 95
    Kitekite is a Japanese-style variety store located along Yanaginobamba-dori Avenue in Kyoto's Nakagyo Ward. It sells T-shirts with designs featuring such landmarks as Kyoto Tower and the torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, or rows of traditional houses and shops. It also sells small and miscellaneous items such as bags. Tourists from Japan and elsewhere come to this shop in large numbers to buy souvenirs of Kyoto.

    たまたまお店の前を通りかかりました。カラフルな雑貨が気になってお店に入りました。ポーチやバッグやてぬぐい、マグネット、油取り紙など和テイストの商品がたくさんで目移りしました。最初はプレゼント用のものを探していたのですが、自分のものを購入しました。お店の方が親切でした。いろいろお話しながら決めれてよかったです。

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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