Mar. 07, 2019 UPDATE

Matsuhiro Shoten Sanjo Main Store

- まつひろ商店 三条本店 -
Matsuhiro Shoten is a purse specialty shop in Kyoto where you can buy all kinds of Japanese purses
Japanese purses are a very popular item in Kyoto, and there are many shops selling them, but among them, maybe the most popular one is the one we have for you today, Matsuhiro Shoten, which is a 5-minute walk east of the Sanjo Ohashi Bridge. The reason why the Japanese purses sold at Matsuhiro Shoten are so great is that there is so much variety, and also the great quality. There are over 40 types of purses in the cozy store! And over 1000 different patterns on them! And they are all handmade by artisans. The purses here are all carefully, carefully made and won’t break down, but they are still reasonably priced. There is no reason not to buy them. Here you can find purses of all colors and shapes, for young and old, men and women; I’m sure you will find one you like. They make great Kyoto souvenirs.
Round coin purse (around 10 cm)
Round coin purse (around 10 cm) / ¥918
The most popular product at Matsuhiro Shoten are these little coin purses! You can choose the one you like from many different patterns. Like in the picture, many of the patterns are at the same time very traditional but also modern and cute. Some people think up to an hour about which one to get! This product is great for women and men, both old and young.
Business card case
Business card case / ¥1,728
This business card case is something I want to recommend for men! You can also put in credit cards, and this case can fit in up to 30 cards. Many of the designs are chic but some are also funny, so they are great not only for women, but also for men. These business card cases don’t have a button but a metal clasp, so they are really cool.
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Bags / Around ¥10,000
Matsuhiro Shoten also sells all kinds of bags with metal clasps, such as clutch bags, totes, and backpacks. This bag here is a 2-way bag that can be used as a shoulder bag or a backpack just by moving the straps. This bag is great for small adults and children.
Strap for one coin
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Strap for one coin / ¥1,016
This purse is for coins. Although they are small, they are still very carefully made, and because of their small size, the artisans need to be even more careful than normal when making them. You can fit in more coins than you would first think, so this is a great thing to have with you when you want to make small purchases.
How to buy

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Originally they were a wholesaler of metal clasps, and for this reason they still sell metal clasps by themselves and also tools for them. 

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If you buy a set of the tools, glue, and the metal clasp, you can make a purse like no other! Your very own personal purse. 

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They have cards with English on them that can be used to communicate with the staff. They also do gift wrapping at the store, so you can have your Kyoto souvenir gift wrapped here! 

- Shopping Tips -

Please don’t bring in food or drinks. 

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This is a really fun store to visit as it is crammed full of Japanese purses! I personally think it’s nice they also sell so many accessories. They have many things I very much wanted to buy like business card cases, coin purses and pouches, seal cases, and cases for eyeglasses. The purses are easy to use, and the prices reasonable, so please buy them!
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Matsuhiro Shoten Sanjo Main Store / まつひろ商店 三条本店
Category Traditional Crafts, Zakka (miscellaneous goods)
Phone +81 75-761-5469
Address 12, 3 cho-me, Sanjo Street Ohashi Higashi-iri, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
Directions Matsuhiro Shoten is a 5-minute walk from both subway Sanjo Keihan and Keihan Sanjo stations.
Open Hours 10:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Closed Open every day.
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted.
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
You can rest assured when you enter this boutique, as they have cards with English on them and the staff will use gestures to communicate with you.
Information Simple English.
Lanuages spoken Simple English.
Shipping services Yes.

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