Kimono and Urushi in Nihombashi

Authentic goods hidden along the side streets

By Sophia Warren    - 2 min read

Just off the beaten path from the main touristy areas of Nihombashi, Sakura Kimono and Hourindou share the same space selling authentic Japanese goods targeted for locals and foreigners alike. About a five minute walk from Mitsukoshi-Mae Station, the first floor is dedicated to urushi, or lacquerware, while the upper floor has a bigger focus on second-hand kimono and Japanese clothing. As the space is not located in high foot traffic areas such as Asakusa or more central tourist attractions, it is without a doubt possible to find unique souvenirs and authentic goods.

Urushi merchandise ranges from budget to high-end prices such as simply designed chopsticks to more elaborate pieces such as complete dressers and dinnerware. The beautiful gleam of the lacquerware in this showroom will definitely garner respect for the Japanese craft. Take off your shoes by the stairs before exploring the second hand kimono shop on the second floor. The storekeeper often assists customers with explanations about different styles and uses of traditional garments.

Sakura Kimono offers clothes and styles for both the true kimono fanatic and those wanting a more version of kimono material. Not only are second hand kimono’s and haori’s for sale, Sakura Kimono also owns a selection of kimono material reincorporated into western clothes and accessories. Dresses, pants, bags and the like are sold as more modern alternatives to style traditional kimono wear. Most of the clothing is targeted for women, but several of the male haori with intricate designs are also for sale.

As the majority of the items are thrifted, the garments are subsequently greatly discounted and much more affordable than standard kimono stores. Upon purchasing an article of clothing, customers receive a small bag of their choice made from vintage kimono material free of charge.

Open weekdays from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am to 4:30pm, Hourindou and Sakura Kimono display the best of Japanese culture without selling tawdry, clichéd keepsakes. A detailed explanation (even providing photos) of how to reach the shops in Koyabashi Building from Mitskoshi-mae Station is conveniently provided on Sakura Kimono’s website. For both Japanese experts and casual sightseers, this space in Nihombashi is a worthwhile trip.

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