Spacious Environment That Will Remind Us That Shopping is Not a Task, but a Moment That Can Be Relaxingly Enjoyed
Like stepping into a hotel in a middle of downtown, this stylish yet comfortable Kyoto BAL offers stores targeting people of all generations. Their roomy layout allows shoppers to look around effortlessly. From stores like KOTOSHINA offering organic cosmetics using Kyoto Uji Tea leaves to American fashion brand, Theory, each store projects personality and quality well fit for the style of Kyoto BAL. After an exceptional remodeling, Kyoto BAL re-opened its doors on August 2015. Many locals would agree that the 2 years and 7 month long remodeling was well worth the wait.
Layout and the Design
With the sense of both luxury and everyday lifestyle, this shopping building truly feels comfortable to shop in. Each store projects its own characteristics creating this shopping building be adored by all members of a family.
Maruzen Book Store
The book selection is phenomenal in this underground book store. Books (in both Japanese and English), magazines, stationaries and even a café will be found in the two floors. The rich history of Maruzen in Kyoto dates back in 1872 opening its door for the first time. Closures, store moving, and openings occurred repeatedly throughout the years. With the reopening of Kyoto BAL, the Maruzen book store opened once again after 10 years of closed doors in Kyoto.
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Cafes Throughout the Shopping Building
What makes this shopping building pleasurable to stay for hours is the variety of cafés and stands in almost every floor. In the first floor you will find DAVID OTTO JUICE and Hawaiian Island Coffee. As you go up the floors, you will find a clothing store equipped with a café such as MARGARET HOWELL SHOP & COFFEE, Café&Meal MUJI, or RH CAFE.
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The Size of Each Store
While the building can hold up to about 100 stores, the actual number of stores in Kyoto BAL is 33. Stores such as Ron Herman and Mujirushi Ryouhin (Muji) each takes up one whole floor. Because of this, each store is spacious giving enough room for shoppers to feel remarkably comfortable.