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 Gion Saito Kimono Shop

Shinmonzen Street in Gion is famous among antiques lovers as a place where a variety of Japanese antique and art shops are located. In this rather quiet neighborhood, one can find an understated old-fashioned brown color noren with old-style characters reading "Saito," the name of this kimono shop.

Founded in 1830s, this shop is well known for its beautiful yuzen dyed kimono and Nishijin-ori obi fabrics which are for sale in the small machiya townhouse. The shop is a vivid reminder of Kyoto’s mercantile history.

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