Many people may think of Kyoto as the city of tradition, a city where everyone wears a kimono even to the convenience store. But actually there are many new and fashionable clothing stores in Kyoto, fit for almost anyone, from stores selling suits to those selling sporting apparel, there is something for everyone in Kyoto. So, without further ado, it is time to go shopping!
Urban Research Kyoto is a “select shop” on the popular shopping street of Teramachi. The first floor is for men and the second for women.
These clothes are simple but cool, sure to please even the most demanding fashion fans.
The women’s clothes on the second floor are displayed in such a fashion that one would like to try every one of them on! The spacious floor lets you relax while shopping.
Here by the stairs, you can see bags displayed in a very modern way and in such a good fashion that I had to get one for myself. You can even buy your clothes tax-free! So what are you waiting for? Time to go shopping!
This store is also in Teramachi, but Loft Man Coop Kyoto mainly sells clothes for men. The first floor is mainly sporty clothes, some of them from famous foreign brands like Patagonia and The North Face.
Besides clothes, they also have things like leather wallets on sale. The simple designs of these wallets make them a great present for your partner or maybe for your friends. I’m always left wondering how the accessories Japanese men carry can be so fashionable.
The second floor is for those who like a more stylish look and designer brands. I really like it when men wear shirts like this; they look cool no matter whether worn with jeans or just chinos.
You can find this department store, Kawaramachi OPA, on the Shijo Kawaramachi intersection, and inside there are many stores catering to the tastes of young people. Here you can find some cute but cheap clothes; this place is perfect for 20-somethings!
These clothes full of youthful vigor are so cute that girls are going to want to try them all on, and buy a lot! How can Japanese designs be this cute!
They also have clothes for men, so if you come with your partner or male friends they have something to look for too. You can try on clothes together and ask for each other’s opinions!
|Address||Shijo-noboru, Kawaramachi-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi|
|Open Hours||11am - 9pm|
Next, on the busy Shijo-dori Street, we have the department store of Fujii Daimaru. The clothes here are very fashionable and well designed, but a bit on the dear side, but this also, of course, means that they are good quality.
The clothes here are for women who feel they are a bit more mature, and the clothes here are great for women who work in offices. I can spend a lot of time just looking at the clothes here, and the clothes the sales clerks here wear all look so nice!
If you continue up, you get to a floor where you can find stylish clothes for men in their thirties. If you wish to look cool in a Japanese style, this is the perfect place to start your journey toward Japanese dandyism.
|Address||Shijo Teramachi Shimogyo-ward, Kyoto city, 6008031|
|Open Hours||10:30am - 8pm (February only: 10:00 to 19:30)|
If you continue from Fujii Daimaru toward Shijo and Karasuma stations, you will find a very chic looking department store, Laque Shijo Karasuma. This department store is in the middle of a business district, so the clothes here are for a more mature audience.
What separates Laque from other department stores is that even the entrances to the stores inside are designed to be fashionable and to fit the feeling of the clothes.
Here you can find out where the fashion scene in Japan is heading to. The clothes this “select shop” has chosen from among all the Japanese and foreign brands are the latest in fashion, and the sales clerks here can help you choose clothes that fit you. The way they help you choose the clothes and how elegant the shopping experience here is, all contribute to this shop having many regular customers.
|Address||101 Kankobokocho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 600-8009|
|Open Hours||10:30am - 8:30pm （Excluding some stores）|
|Vanessa[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]|