Yamamoto Ryokan

3-412 Gojobashi Higashi Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 605-0846, Japan
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Shops that sell Kimonos at decent prices

by monica71

Hello,
I will be in Kyoto in November and I need to buy 2 kimonos as a present (one for a male, one for a female). Are there any places that sell new kimonos for adults at affordable prices? I heard that the starting price for a nice kimono (new, not a second hand one) is around $150-$180. Is this price range accurate?
Thank you,
Monica

Re: Shops that sell Kimonos at decent prices

by TexasDave

I can't tell you anything about prices since I wasn't looking to buy but the Nishijin Textile Center is the place to go for a large variety of kimonos. They even have 'fashion shows' regularly during the day. The address is on my Kyoto page.

Re: Shops that sell Kimonos at decent prices

by monica71

Thanks, I will make sure I check them out. It is nice to see how they make them, etc.

Re: Shops that sell Kimonos at decent prices

by bulldogtwo

From my experience, which is limited and in Tokyo, you are way off. They are very expensive. I believe that you could get one at that price but I don't think it would be complete, and it would be low quality. They are very elaborate and a complete set is or can be several pieces that make up one kimono. You still should be able to find out for sure before you leave, there should be other web sites and or people that can answer your question with more confidence.
good luck!

Re: Shops that sell Kimonos at decent prices

by yukisanto

proper silk kimonos (with all its accessories) are way more expensive than that(a few thousand), unless you want to be getting yukatas (cotton summer kimonos). You might want to consider get kimono related or other traditional craft items instead.

Re: Shops that sell Kimonos at decent prices

by heywinks

If you don't mind getting gently used ones you should browse the flea markets. I've gotten really nice kimonos for US$15-20 before. What a bargain! Note that these are REAL kimonos, not the cotton yukatas that the Japanese wear in the summertime. You will need to get an obi and ties as well for the kimono. Don't forget the getas.

If you want new, they are in the upper hundreds-thousands range. No way you can get it for under $200. Whoever told you that is greatly mistaken.

Travel Tips for Kyoto

We stayed in Kyoto for 2 days...

by cami2

We stayed in Kyoto for 2 days only, so we tried to see as much as possible within those 2 days.
Good shoes is a must for this activity.
Try to see as much temples as possible, because Kyoto has about 1600 temples/shrines, the population is about 1.5 million.
It's Japans old capital so you understand that it has lots of things to see.
Especially the Gion with the temples that start on the right hand, having the river behind you; all the region of Higashiyama-ku. To see the small hoses in the region above mentioned (Higashiyama-ku) where people lived and to enter their gardens, the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen, and they didn't mind.

Drive up to Mt Hieizan

by yukisanto

From the lookout point at Mt Hieizan, you can see the whole of kyoto city and the mountains beyond, including the mountain with the word "big" in japanese etched on it. (no kidding) You can also see the shinkasen (bullet train) tracks. It was real cold when we went, 5 degrees, and the wind added to the slight rain. At another look out point on the other side of the mountain, you get to see Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. Beautiful sight. When you go up the mountain, you'll pass by these two stops naturally. There is even a hotel up there.

Mt Hieizan is actually located between kyoto and shiga, so one moment you're driving on the part in kyoto, and the other moment, you're in shiga. Which accounts for those confusing road signs (I thought I was in kyoto? or in shiga?)

Do note too that you have to pay toll charges along the way to the mountain.

Kyoto City Bus

by Ines28

The city bus lines connect all major sights in the city center. For only Yen 500 you can buy a one day pass that you can use as often as you like within the same day.
The pass is available at Kyoto City bus and subway information centers, transportation ticket dealers and some automatic ticket vending-machines. We bought our pass at such a machine and were a bit confused as there was nothing written in English, but it seemed to be the correct ticket. When using the pass for the first time, it must be stamped when getting of in the front , after that you only need to show it to the driver.
Always get in at the back and exit at the front. If you don't want to buy a one day pass, the flat fare within the city center is Yen 220 for adults and Yen 110 for children aged 6 to 12 years.

Obanzai in style on Sanjo street

by j-san about (next to Inoda coffee!)

A tiny and very popular spot. I found about it while surfing Japanese internet "hot new" food spots - the same way some other people I spoke to found it. This place is so small, perhaps 4 western style tables and 2 japanese style. Lunchtime is 950Yen, including: freshly grilled fish made just for you and brought to your table, miso soup, rice and the all you can eat obanzai buffet. As well as tea of course. Fantastic! Obanzai is traditional home cooked vegetables, usually featuring: lotus root, tiny potatoes, beans, japanese radish, pumpkin, sweet potato... etc. It's slow food at its best - the food mothers have been cooking for generations and is incredibly delicous, healthy and - usually not cheap! All the more reason why this is such a good deal. There is another all you can eat o-banzai place (called "Obanzai") just north of Oike street which costs 100Yen less and has more variety. The ambience at the latter is more like a health-food spot however, while this one feels very Japanese and has the addition of fish - and is central! I prefer this one, though I don't mind "Obanzai" either.

Toji Temple (East Temple)

by shintarojon

Toji Temple is a 57-m five-storied pagoda and the tallest pagoda in Japan. It was erected to the east of the southern gate Rasho-mon in order to protect the capital from the evil spirits.

Open : 9:00 am
Close: 4:30 pm

Admission Fee : 500 Yen

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