Shopping

To-ji Temple (東寺) Flea Market (Kyoto)

Summary: This large flea market is one of the most famous ones in Kyoto. It takes place on the 21st of every month, with the markets in January and December being rumored as the biggest. Come early for the best deals. Some dealers may speak English.
Website: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3919.html
Review: a review by Ready, Set, Kimono can be found here.

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮) Flea Market (Kyoto)

Summary: This is the second most flea market in Kyoto. It takes place on the 25th of every month.
Website: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3939.html
Review: no reviews yet

Kobe Covered Shopping Arcades (Kobe)

Summary: Between Sannomiya Station and Motomatchi Station, there are two covered shopping arcades called Sannomiya Center-gai (三宮センタ街) and “Motomachi Shouten-gai (本町書店街).  Just head south from Sannomiya station along the main road and you will see the beginning of Motomachi Shouten-gai on your right.  Between the two shopping streets are around a dozen kimono stores.  They all sell new kimono and obi, but at reasonable prices.
Website: Since all the shops are individually owned, there is no one website.
Review: http://kidoraku.blogspot.jp/2009/12/kobe-kimono-street-prologue.html (An excellent review of each individual store!)

Samurai (Tokyo-Ginza and Kyoto-Gion)

Summary: This shop specializes in mens kimono and accessories.  They will custom make kimono for you.  Be warned, this store is expensive.
Website: www.kimonoman.jp
Review: no reviews yet.

Harajuku (Tokyo)

Summary: This neighbourhood has several kimono stores scattered throughout.  There are too many to mention each by name, but be sure not to pass up Oriental Bazaar.  It looks like a tourist trap, but it has an excellent selection of antique kimono for sale.  Be sure to check out the side streets as well as the main streets!
Website: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3006.html
Review: no reviews yet.

Asakusa (Tokyo)

Summary: This neighbourhood has several kimono stores scattered along the main streets and the side streets.  Do not pass up stores that look too “touristy.”  I managed to find a kimono for my very tall husband in one of these stores for a reasonable price.
Website: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3004.html
Review: no reviews yet.

Is there anything you’d like me to add?  Is any of the information incorrect?  Please send me a message at readysetkimono@gmail.com or through facebook!

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