Apr. 20, 2017 UPDATE

Kasagen

- かさ源 -
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Purveyor to the Japanese Imperial Household Agency, selling brilliant traditional wagasa umbrellas favored by maiko
This traditional Japanese umbrella shop is located near Yasaka Shrine. Traditional umbrellas were loved by the maiko because of how well they complemented the maikos’ kimonos. With their brilliant variety of colors and patterns, traditional umbrellas are also popular with international tourists. If you like, you can buy a traditional umbrella, then rent a kimono to go with it, and although most traditional umbrellas are relatively large and expensive, you can also find calming, cute, little ones for sale. The shop is tiny, holding only five or six people. Since there is only ever one or two members of staff available, you will probably be best off deciding what you want and what to ask the shop assistant before entering the shop.
Wagasa
1Recommend!
Wagasa / about ¥10,000~
This large traditional wagasa umbrella, was made by the artisan from washi (Japanese paper) and bamboo. It complements traditional Japanese clothing, like the kimono. Many of these umbrellas feature a pattern of concentric circles known as “hebinome” or “snake’s eye”.
Miniature Wagasa
2Recommend!
Miniature Wagasa / ¥1,720 ~
This small wagasa umbrella would make the perfect souvenir. When displayed at home, it becomes a cute conversation piece.
Mini Geta
3Check it out!
Mini Geta / ¥2,300 ~
These small decorative pieces fit in the palm of your hand. They also come in a range of fun colors, like blue and red. They are small and delicate though, so be careful not to drop them.
Strap
4Check it out!
Strap / Geta ¥1,280│zori ¥1,200
Geta(traditional wooden sandal) and zori (traditional straw sandal) straps like these are hard to find anywhere else. The fun thing about them is that you can use them right away to decorate something.
How to buy

If you would like to buy a wagasa umbrella, discuss the color, pattern, and price with a sales assistant.

- Shopping Tips -
When shopping for a wagasa umbrella, check out the display models outside of the shop, and get an image in your mind of what kind you would like. Once you have the image in your head, only go inside to briefly discuss it with a shop assistant. Remember that some wagasa are meant to be used in the rain, while others are sun parasols.
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Erika
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This is a Japanese umbrella specialty store right across Yasaka Shrine. From big Japanese umbrellas that can actually be used to small ones for souvenirs, their products are all made by hand by artisans. They also have many other Kyoto-like items like geta-sandal shaped mobile phone charms and lanterns. The store is really small and quiet so it cannot be recommend for big groups.
Sampo
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This store has a really traditional Japanese feel to it, so if you want a traditional Japanese umbrella this is the place to go. They also sell some small things like decorative umbrellas, so you could also buy some souvenirs here.
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Kasagen / かさ源
Category Traditional Crafts
Phone +81 75-561-2832
Address 284, Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0073
Directions 10-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station
Open Hours 10:00~19:00
Closed Wednesdays
Notes Be aware that the shop assistant may not be able to spend a long time helping you when other customers are present. You may be best off speaking to the sales assistant, finding what you want, and buying it quickly.
Price range
¥1,200 ~ ¥60,000
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, etc.
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Some parts of the menu are in English.
Information Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
Shipping services Not accepted
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