How to choose an antique kimono store in Kyoto and recommended shops

Along with its rich cultural heritage, Kyoto is also known as a treasure trove of antique kimonos. Antique kimonos continue to fascinate many people with their one-of-a-kind charm and the stories told by the timeless fabric. However, there are many stores in Kyoto that sell antique kimonos, and many people are confused about which store to visit.

In this article, we will introduce you to some points on how to choose an antique kimono store, and a few shops including the particularly recommended shop “Wapurasu Kyoto Yasaka Shrine Store”. The journey to find the perfect piece for you starts here.

How to choose an antique kimono store

Wide variety of products

By choosing a store that carries kimono from a wide range of eras and styles, you can find your favorite from a wider range of options.

Staff knowledge and response

Each antique kimono has its own history and background. At a store with knowledgeable staff, you can learn more about the appeal of the kimono, and you will be more satisfied with your purchase.

good condition

For antique kimonos that have been around for a long time, the condition is important. Choose a store that sells well-maintained kimonos that are in good condition.

Value for money

The price of antique kimono varies greatly depending on its rarity, condition, and design. One criterion for selection is whether the product is sold at a reasonable price.

Recommended antique kimono stores

Waplus Kyoto Yasaka Shrine store

This store, which also provides a kimono rental service, also focuses on selling antique kimonos. The detailed explanation that allows you to learn about the history and background of each carefully selected piece is attractive.。

Kyoto Antique Kimono Yuka

The interior of the store, which is a renovated traditional Kyoto townhouse, brings out the beauty of antique kimonos. It is especially known for its rich variety of kimonos with rare designs and classic patterns.

Old cloth and ancient art

This is an antique kimono specialty store that has been loved for many years in Kyoto. The staff, who have a wealth of knowledge about ancient cloth, will carefully tell you the story behind each kimono.

Points to note when purchasing

Know your size accurately

Antique kimono sizes often differ from modern sizes, so it is important to always check your size before purchasing. Pay particular attention to your height and sleeve length when choosing.

Check status

Since it is an old item, there may be minor damage or stains. Before purchasing, it is important to carefully check the item under light and choose one that is in acceptable condition.

Check whether aftercare is available

Antique kimonos may require special care. Please check with the store beforehand to see if cleaning or repair is possible after purchase.


When choosing an antique kimono in Kyoto, it is a good idea to choose a store based on the wide variety of products, the knowledge and support of the staff, the good condition, and the appropriateness of the price.
Recommended shops, including Waplus Kyoto Yasaka Shrine Store, meet these conditions and carry antique kimonos, each with its own charm. When purchasing, it is important to check the size and condition, and also check whether after-sales care is available.
When visiting antique kimono shops in Kyoto, keep these points in mind and find that special piece that’s uniquely yours. By experiencing the unique history and charm of each kimono, you will be able to have a deeper cultural experience.


Author of this article


Waplus Yasaka Shrine store staff

Ayana Ogawa

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