Kyoto’s kimono are also regarded to be among Japan’s finest specimen. Two methods of kimono manufacturing native to Kyoto are silk weaving (nishijin-ori) and silk dyeing (kyo-yuzen).
The silk weaving method was developed as a result of demand from the Imperial Court for beautiful fabrics and elegant clothing and involves dyeing the yarn before weaving it into patterns and images on fabrics. In the silk dyeing method, the images and patterns are dyed after the fabric has been produced.
The gorgeous shopfront reflects the zen simplicity of the store inside. While shopping here won’t be cheap, their range of clogs, sandals, tailor-made kimonos and small pins for obi kimono sashes are so unique you won’t find anything like them anywhere else.
Address: Muromachi Dori, Oshikoji-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto (京都市中京区室町通押小路上ル東側4軒目)
Telephone: 075 212 8676 Hours: 11am-7pm, closed Wednesdays
“Long-standing Kyoto kimono brand, Chiso, produces Sohya Tas, a specialty store offering stoles, scarfs, and other accessories. Using their special yuzen dyeing technique, SOHYA TAS transforms beautiful colors and patterns into accessories that can be used in various occasions. The Chiso brand continues to collaborate with other designers in creating modern products that you can find in this SOHYA TAS store. One example is the collaboration with a popular men’s underwear brand “Gravevault”. To find these various elegant accessories, enter from the entrance of café restaurant “Iyemon Salon,” walk up to the second floor, and enter the store.”
Otoko Kimono Samurai
Conveniently located in Gion, Otoko Kimono Samurai specializes in order-made kimono for men. This store grabs a niche in the kimono industry by offering these traditional garments exclusive to men. The store makes kimono as a modern fashion statement often visited by those who are engaged in Japanese traditional arts. For example, rakugo-ka, or professional story tellers, and people who practice tea ceremony wear kimono on regular bases. You will see the pictures of the brand presenting the garments very stylishly. The kimono is all order-made and the most reasonable set of all, all-silk “Katana” set, is the best seller which includes Kimono, Haori, Obi, Nagajuban, and tailoring all for 147,000. There is also a good line-up of men’s kimono accessories as well.
Mimuro has a large selection of kimono, obi sashes, kimono fittings in a 5-story building; all reasonably priced; formal kimono for weddings.
Open daily: 10:00-18:30
“At the store, we present kimonos as garments for everyday life. Our style philosophy involves matching kimonos to Western clothing, so that kimonos can be worn as part of a modern wardrobe.
You’ll find our store conveniently located in an easily accessible part of Kyoto, not far from famous sightseeing spots such as Kiyomizu-dera temple (to the east) and Kennin-ji temple and Yasaka Jinja shrine (to the north). We welcome visitors from around the world, so please come by when you visit Kyoto.”
A wide rang of second hand kimono, yukata, obi, accessories. Also antique furniture, pottery, lacquer ware. Some English spoken.
Located across from the Miyako Hotel.
Open: 11:00 – 18:00
Katauama Bunzaburo Shoten
Traditional Kyoto shibori tie dye shop since 1915. Handcrafted shibori scarves, bags, umbrellas, accessories, and more.; Many awards received in traditional craft competitions; original shibori shirts, bags, dresses
A little English spoken
Open 10:00 – 18:00
Samue, originally Japanese style work wear, has been re-designed into a stylish modern casual wear for daily-lives.
English service available
Open: 10:00-17:30 Closed Wednesday