Genuine Kimono Salon in Central Kyoto that focus on Material and Color
Chiso is a kimono store that has been changing with the times while preserving traditions. Chiso opened its kimono salon Sohya in 2006 to offer kimono that blend in with daily life and the urban landscape. Whether it be those who want genuine kimono or accessories, or those who want to incorporate even one kimono into their daily lives, customers can find everything from fabrics from which kimonos are made called Tanmono, to Obis (sash or belt) and accessories that compliment kimono. As the shop is styled after a salon, the staff will select items that suit your tastes while carefully listening to your preferences. The shop's primary focus is on color and material. Roughly 100 color varieties of Tanmono are available. With the fabric embellished with embroidered flowers and wave patterns that have been passed down since ancient times in Japan, you will almost certainly be fascinated by its intricacy. Although it takes roughly two months to produce a kimono tailored to your size, the result is a one-of-a-kind kimono made just for you. We are confident that Sohya kimonos will add a touch of glamour to your daily live.
Iromuji (undecorated fabric of any color but black)
Iromuji (undecorated fabric of any color but black) / ¥110,000- (Kimono tailoring fee separate)
Tanmono is the fabric from which kimono are made. Colors and fabrics can be chosen freely. We can make kimono from any of the fabrics and colors you select from among the roughly 30 varieties of white fabric and 100 color variations. We want you to take up and fully enjoy colors such as the strikingly elegant pinks, and the yellows and greens that express the nature of Japan. On the fabric are weaved traditional Japanese designs, primarily of flowers and waves. As we have an extensive variety of designs available, such as designs appropriate for parties and summer designs, please feel free to ask the staff to help you select the perfect design and color for your intended purpose.
Komon (patterns)
Komon (patterns) / ¥130,000- (Kimono tailoring fee separate)
These Tanmono are characterized by the fact that they have a single pattern printed on one side. With these, kimono patterns that have been passed down from ancient Japan known as Komon (Japanese traditional patterns) have been beautifully arranged. With patterns that range from colorfully modern dyed patterns to drawn patterns in similar colors, they are perfect for people who want to enjoy kimono fashionably.
Kimono Raincoat
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Kimono Raincoat / ¥78,000- (+tax)
A raincoat to protect kimonos from rain. Not only for preventing kimonos from getting dirty or wet, this raincoat has fasteners that let moisture escape to help maintain kimono quality. Made using the same material as Vertex Sportswear, it has excellent waterproofing properties. It can also be used as a fashionable long coat over regular clothing. As it is light-weight, it is very easy to carry around. It comes in six colors.
Three Rooms
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Three Rooms
Have you ever had the experience of buying black clothing only to be surprised to find that it actually looked dark blue under the bright sun? In order to avoid this kind of mistake, Sohya has set up three rooms to reproduce different scenes in daily life. The rooms are a Japanese-style room lit with fluorescent lighting, a sunlit garden, and a floor illuminated with yellowish light. You can bring all the Tanmono you find interesting to these rooms, where you can confirm the differences in hue that come with different lighting before purchase. If, for example, you are thinking of using a kimono primarily for going out, we recommend you take your time to check it in the garden to ensure that it matches your tastes.
How to buy
First, staff members will provide counseling. If you let them know what it is you are looking for and what sort of colors you prefer, they will get out a number of samples for you.
- Shopping Tips -
The store's staff will be happy to provide advice on how to take care of kimono fabric, obi, accessories, etc..
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This place was founded 462 years ago, and their products are made using the Kyo-yuzen traditional kimono dyeing method. Their products, like handkerchiefs, scarves, and piercings, are all pretty and good quality. You can feel the traditional Japanese quality in their products.
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Sohya / 總屋
Category Kimono / Yuzen
Phone +81 75-211-2531
Address Chiso Bld.2F, 80, Mikuracho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8166
Directions 3-minute walk from Subway Karasuma Line Karasuma Oike Stn.(Exit 6) 7-minute walk from Hankyu Karasuma Stn.
Open Hours 10:30am - 6pm
Closed Wednesday
Notes If you make a reservation, you can take your time to look through the store's merchandise.
Price range
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc. / Accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The store's staff can give advice on kimono using basic English. Although you can make a reservation before visiting, our staff will politely assist you even when you do not have a reservation.
Information Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Japanese, basic English
Shipping services None
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