9 Best Stores to Buy Kimono in Tokyo

 

9 Best Stores to Buy Kimono in Tokyo

by Samantha Cubbison | TRAVEL

Bringing home an authentic Japanese kimono is one of the highlights of a trip to Tokyo! And while the metropolis offers plenty of choices, from the simplest second-hand summer yukata to intrically embroidered wedding robes, discerning shoppers can be at a loss where to start. But worry not! We have uncovered 9 of the best kimono stores in Tokyo to help you track down the perfect fit for you. Whether you’re looking for time-honored vintage silk kimono, or the cutting-edge of contemporary Japanese kimono design, we have you covered!

If you'd like to learn a little more about kimono before you go shopping, take a look at the Designs, Patterns and Inspirations, or check out this Lavish Visual Guide!

 

1. Kimono Aoki Hoten

The classic Kimono Aoki Hoten is for those searching for a more sophisticated and classic look. Located in the heart of Ginza, the shop is clean and well organized by style and color. Their kimonos are refined in every way by utilizing fanciful animal and natural motifs. The shop offers lessons for various dressing needs, so whether you’re going to a regal wedding or a simple street festival, you’re guaranteed to look fantastic. In addition, tea ceremonies and beautification courses are available by request at their Setagaya location, though spots are limited, so be sure to book in advance.

Address: Ginza Premier Building, 1F 1-8-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.

Website: kimono-aoki.jp

Hours: 12pm to 8pm, Monday through Saturday. 12pm to 6pm, Sunday.

Transport: 8-minute walk from Yurakucho Station.

 

2. Takahashi Hiroko

Takahashi Hiroko’s work is exhibited within her very own reclaimed office/factory space turned artist fortress in Tokyo. With two stories to explore, both the artwork and the creative functionality of the structure are on display to the public. The pieces of Hiroko’s collection are clean and stark in comparison to the traditional yukata, which are often colorful and intricate by design. Her patterns are famously bold; often mimicking large shodo (calligraphy) strokes by using only circles and straight lines. This trademark style makes for a contemporary take on the classic yukata. Running at ¥60,000 ($550), it doesn’t take too much to obtain a designer brand yukata that will forever be ahead of the times.

Address: Takashi Hiroko, Inc. 1F. 4-11-2 Narihara, Sumida-ku, Tokyo.

Website: takahashihiroko.jp

Hours: 2pm to 7pm, Monday through Wednesday. 11am to 8pm Friday and Saturday.

Transport: 6-minute walk from Oshiage Station.

 

3. Kimono by Nadeshiko

Kimono by Nadeshiko is located in the Harajuku shopping hub, Tokyu Plaza. The boutique kimono label loads their collection with soft, feminine florals and contrasting geometric patterns. The pieces are well complemented with Western styles that are nostalgic of the 1940’s and 50’s. They are fair in terms of pricing, running at roughly ¥30,000 ($270) for a garment, but be sure not to miss out on their high-quality accessories. The shop carries wicker baskets lined with premium fabrics, along with delicate, ceramic obijime (the rope that goes over the obi) and zori sandals. The variety in patterns and colors is overwhelming, but almost everything in the shop blends seamlessly together, creating an effortless-looking and romantic style.

Address: 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

Website: kimonobynadeshiko.com

Hours: 11am to 9pm, daily.

Transport: 5-minute walk from Harajuku Station.

 

4. Harajuku Chicago

Harajuku Chicago is a gem in the world of recycle shops. In terms of variety, they carry carefully curated, high-quality garments at reasonable prices. If you're wondering where to buy cheap kimonos in Tokyo, this might be the place for you! Their kimonos are extremely budget friendly from around ¥2,000 ($18), and in pristine condition too. The shop also carries yukata, happi (traditional Japanese coats) and other tasteful garbs for any occasion. To stand out in the famously fashionable Harajuku, anything from Harajuku Chicago will definitely do the trick. It is also a great spot to find vintage textiles, which are less common in the more trendy shops that are redefining the kimono. If you want something more reminiscent of the 70’s or 80’s, there are plenty of excellent choices here, and with seven locations in the area, it’s a sure thing that you’ll find something you love.

Harajuku Chicago also have branches in Kyoto. If you haven't had enough shopping time in Tokyo before you head off to Kyoto, check out the 5 Best Places to Buy Kimono in Kyoto!

Address: 6-31-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

Website: chicago.co.jp

Hours: 11 am to 8  pm, daily.

Transport: 4-minute walk from Harajuku Station.

 

5. Y and Sons

Y and Sons design their traditional wear with the idea that fashion should bring stimulation into your everyday life, in both practice and on display. They acknowledge the tedious steps and customs in wearing kimono, and use this to promote the important ritual of dressing. They specialize in men’s clothing, which is a rarity in a culture that focuses mainly on women’s traditional fashion.

© Y and Sons, Mens Kimono

The prints sharp and clean in presentation. The color scheme is simplistic, taking advantage of the beautiful shades of nature. Although the pieces are fairly expensive, ranging from ¥40,000 ($350) to ¥1,000,000 ($9,000), the final look is polished and striking. Even the accessory bags are well thought out in their woven wicker construction. Y and Sons is a great choice for the modern and fashion-forward man.

Address: 2-17-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.

Website: yandsons.com

Hours: 11am to 8pm, closed Wednesday.

Transport: 8-minute walk from Yurakucho Station.

 

6. Otsuka Gofukuten

Otsuka Gofukuten is directly translated to the Otsuka Kimono Merchant. This popular Kyoto kimono brand has spread its cultural influence to the bustling streets of Tokyo. The increasing popularity of casually worn traditional clothing can be credited to the availability of more budget-friendly kimono and yukata. With prices ranging from ¥10,000 ($90) to ¥50,000 ($450), it's easy to get your hands on a simple and stylish garment that can be worn for any occasion. From vibrant pink polka dots to sweet pomegranate splashes, Otsuka Gofukuten knows how to create a silhouette of effortless femininity. The brand’s lookbook demonstrates how their clothing can be worn both in the traditional way or as streetwear, or even loungewear. Check out their kimono store in Shinjuku, to find a truly original and versatile piece to call your own.

Address: Lumine 1 Shinjuku, 1F, 1-1-5 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.

Website: otsuka-gofukuten.jp

Hours: 11am to 8:30pm, Monday through Friday. 10:30am to 8:30pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Transport: 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station.

 

7. Furifu

Furifu is the result of the hip, millennial takeover of traditional Japanese apparel. Glitchy patchwork and fun, poppy florals compose a majority of the collection, along with various ruffled and lacey obi (kimono belts) to bring the perfect look together. Ikebukuro is the go-to place for young people to have fun, and now you can too in one of these retro works of art.  Aside from yukata, the brand also designs casual wear and accessories using the same patterns and themes, so there really is something for every occasion at Furifu.

Address: 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo.

Website: furifu.com

Hours: 10am to 9pm, daily.

Transport: 3-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station.

 

8. Tansu-Ya

© Tansu-Ya

Tansu-Ya is a chain second-hand shop that specializes in cheap and versatile kimono styles. The company has been in existence since 1961, so they certainly know their way around Japanese clothing. With over forty kimono stores across Japan, you are bound to find the perfect fit. And thanks to the various locations, it’s easy to simply pop in and browse, no matter where you are in Japan. There are various ways to purchase, including a special delivery service, which is useful if you don’t have time to make a visit. No matter how you choose to buy, you’ll still receive excellent attention and customer service. It is recommended to bring a translation guide of some sort, though, as not every location will have English available.

Address: Nakayama Buildng, 1F, 3-4-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.

Website: tansuya.jp

Hours: 11am to 7pm, Monday through Saturday. 11am to 6pm, Sunday.

Transport: 5-minute walk from Yurakucho Station.

 

9. Gallery Kawano

© Gallery Kawano

Gallery Kawano specializes in nostalgia by stocking rare and antique kimonos. The rich history of each garment is a refreshing takeaway when looking for a unique souvenir or statement piece from Tokyo. From about ¥8,000 ($70), it is easy to find a one-of-a-kind style with vintage flair. These carefully preserved kimono from decades past will keep you in style for years to come. Located on the narrow and bustling streets of Omotesando, let the surrounding area inspire you to breathe new life into a dazzling kimono at Gallery Kawano.

Address: 4-4-9 Omotesando, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

Website: gallery-kawano.com

Hours: 11am to 6pm, daily.

Transport: 5-minute walk from Harajuku Station.

 

August 10, 2018 | Lifestyle, Travel, Fashion, Shopping, KimonoTokyo

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