Leica Store in Kyoto
Some retail experiences are better than others and the Leica Store in Kyoto takes this to a different level. The space is situated in a typical renovated 100 year-old two-story townhouse, a Machi-ya, in the Gion neighbourhood of Kyoto, Japan.
The flagship store is located on Hanamikoji Street in the Gion district, the most picturesque and ancient part of Kyoto. A place where Japan’s traditional beauty and elegance are present everywhere.
The Machi-ya is 100-year-old and it was reconstructed using artisanal techniques, and with beams, pillars and other lumber that could be reclaimed from the original construction, creating a unique Leica store and even a unique store for that matter.
The store’s interior, which evokes an atmosphere of Japanese tradition, features a full range of Leica’s current products that customers can freely browse in a comfortable environment. In addition, we have prepared items like original camera accessories through collaboration with Kyoto’s traditional handicraft makers. We offer consultations on services, including repair and maintenance, and have established a gallery that showcases works from internationally renowned photographers—we comprehensively introduce the Leica worldview and lifestyles with Leica. Moreover, we plan to hold special events and seminars that are only possible in Kyoto at locations such as our studio, which faces a small garden, as well as the gallery on the second floor, and the VIP salon. We are confident that Leica users and photography lovers—from Japan and around the world—will come to interact, with the beautiful Kyoto Gion as a backdrop, and that this store will become a new center for creativity.