Fashionable boutique Beams Kyoto is one of the hot spots of the ShinPuhKan shopping complex. With merely “Japan” as the central concept, the brand conveys the various charms of Japan at home and abroad, through the themes of “food,” “brand,” “fashion,” “collaboration,” “art,” and “craft.”
At ShinPuhKan, the first Beams Japan store in the Kansai region sells many Kyoto-only limited edition items and a uniquely different style of Kyoto products.
- Table of Contents
- Beams Kyoto: An Overview
- Goods produced in collaboration with traditional designers!
- 7 Kyoto-exclusive items available at Beams Kyoto
- 1. Mizuno x Beams Wave Rider 10
- 2. Kyoto Logo Print Tee
- 3. Ninja Beams Japan Series
- 4. Bunzaburo
- 5. Nanjo Kobo Beams Japan LinNe Orin
- 6. Soft Vinyl Mazinger Z
- 7. Inunco x Beams Japan T-shirt
Beams Kyoto: An Overview
Founded in 1976, Beams is popular among young people as a select shop for imported and original clothing and other miscellaneous products. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in April 2016, the company launched the Beams Japan project. Items incorporating traditional Japanese goods and culture are available across a wide range of fashion, art, subculture items, local specialty products, and foods and beverages. Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Shibuya shops grew in popularity, and the third Beams Japan store was opened in Kyoto.
Goods produced in collaboration with traditional designers!
The shop faces the patio on the first floor of Shinpuhkan, in central Kyoto. The store has around 108 square meters of floor space and a 3.6-meter high ceiling decorated with phoenix artwork that’s a masterpiece. The clothing corner is designed to imitate Japanese architecture, and a mix of Japanese and Western creates the unique atmosphere of Beams Japan.
The wall-mounted shelves display items made in collaboration with craftspeople from all over Japan. Maneki Neko, akabeko, and Japanese daruma dolls made to Beams’ specifications make great souvenirs. Japanese stationery, bags, pouches, T-shirts, toys, and more are everywhere you look.
7 Kyoto-exclusive items available at Beams Kyoto
Here are seven exclusive Kyoto items recommended as souvenirs to commemorate your Kyoto trip.
1. Mizuno x Beams Wave Rider 10
Based on the “Wave Rider 10” shoes from Mizuno’s global “Kazoku” project, these exclusive sneakers feature a military-style coyote color and Beams’ characteristic orange on the tongue and heel. They are engineered to be wider with a higher instep to match the shape of Japanese feet. With good cushioning, they’re incredibly comfortable and available in sizes from 25.5 cm to 29 cm.
Mizuno x Beams Wave Rider 10 (18,000 yen, tax not included)
2. Kyoto Logo Print Tee
The T-shirt logo is based on the five-story pagoda at Kyoto’s Toji Temple, one of the city’s iconic symbols. It's a stylish design to wear in Japan, but it is even better as a souvenir from Kyoto for wearing abroad.
Short-sleeve T-shirt (5,800 yen, tax excluded)
Long-sleeve T-shirt (7,800 yen, tax excluded)
3. Ninja Beams Japan Series
A new series featuring Japan’s world-famous ninja, includes collaboration items featuring the Ninja Hattori-kun character, loved for generations. The line comprises high-performance T-shirts with excellent moisture-absorbing, UVresistant, water-repellent and, quick-drying fabrics, and ninja hood styling and caps with neck shades, work clothes based on Aizome's kendo clothes, and Aizome's easy pants made of durable, easy movement fabric.
Cap (6,800 yen, tax excluded)
T-shirt (5,800 yen, tax excluded)
Aizome sashiko work clothes (38,000 yen, tax excluded)
Aizome Easy Pants (12,000 yen, tax excluded)
Ninja Hattori-kun © Fujiko (A), Shinei, Shogakukan
Founded in 1915, Bunzaburo produces a highly elastic fabric with excellent storage capacity. Available in 50 colors of glossy polyester satin, you’re sure to want one of these compact, easy to carry tote bags.
Solid (3,800 yen, tax excluded)
Two-tone (5,500 yen, tax excluded)
5. Nanjo Kobo Beams Japan LinNe Orin
These Sahari Orin bells, traditionally used at Buddhist altars, have braided cords made in Uji, Kyoto. The bells themselves are a copper alloy and produce a beautiful tone, and are made by Nanjo Kobo, the company that handles the Gion Matsuri festival music. Their perfected traditional techniques produce a clear sound.
LinNe Orin M (18,000 yen, tax excluded)
LinNe Orin S (16,500 yen, tax excluded)
6. Soft Vinyl Mazinger Z
The powerful robot hero Mazinger Z has been adored by fans for almost half a century. Instead of the usual silver, this special edition soft vinyl figure is decorated in Kyoto-evoking gold and Beams orange. Ultra-rare, the figure commemorates the opening of Beams Japan Kyoto and is an irresistible gem for any fan’s collection.
Soft Vinyl Mazinger Z (gold) (8,500 yen, tax excluded)
©Go Nagai/Dynamic Planning
7. Inunco x Beams Japan T-shirt
These T-shirts feature original artwork drawn by popular illustrator Inunco. Featuring a motif of his trademark lucky cats and fukusuke, these lucky charm designs are sure to bring good fortune.
T-shirt (4,500 yen, tax not included)
With an exciting product line that incorporates Japanese beauty with the good sense of Beams aesthetic, these items hold a certain charm for fans of all ages. Be aware that not only tourists but also Kyoto residents themselves are paying attention to what Beams Japan Kyoto has to offer. Supplies are limited, so don’t wait to go shopping for your limited edition Kyoto souvenirs!
*The above article is based on information from June 2020
Beams Japan Kyotoビームス ジャパン 京都
- Address Shinpuhkan 1F, 586-2 Karasumadori Aneyakoji-sagaru Banocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8172
- Phone Number 075-708-6848
Hours: 11:00 - 20:00 *Currently, 11:00 - 19:00
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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