Concept Concept


Kyoto Tsutaya books offers a place where "tradition and the cutting edge" of art and culture resonate throughout all floors.

In addition to some 60,000 books covering a wide range of artistic fields, as well as stationery and handicrafts that bring art into daily life, the store also has several art spaces featuring the trending contemporary artworks. Customers can also find the latest updates of them on the e-commerce site.

The SHARE LOUNGE, with approximately 120 seats, provides a cozy space as a café, work space, or event space.

Please feel free to use it while reading art books or enjoying artworks.

A lineup of 60,000 books including a substantial number of art books from around the global

Japanese, western and antique books selected from around the world are displayed in a place that presents the change of seasons and has shelves decorated with latticework that evokes the atmosphere of Kyoto, small rooms that makes you feel as if you were in your own room.

Stationery and handicrafts that bring art into daily life

Divided into four different scenarios--"Eat & Drink", "Interiors", "Wear" and "Think", the store has a good section with products make you feel artistic in every aspect of daily life, including products are free of unnecessary decorations and pursuing the beauty of functionality, handicrafts are both practical and decorative and souvenirs can only be found here.

Art space hosting over 60 exhibitions per year

A variety of art spaces have been set up throughout the floors to host solo and group exhibitions by artists active in Kyoto, Japan and around the world. By curating programs with a diversity of views throughout the year, we open the door to art for everyone.

In touch with artists' creations through events

As a center for art and culture, the store also hold a variety of events that make participants feel more involved and empathic by hosting talk shows with artists and creators active in different fields, collaborations with branding companies, and events that allow visitors to experience the change of seasons.

Connect with art anytime, anywhere through Kyoto Tsutaya Online Store

By focusing on a slection of recommondated products, the Kyoto Tsutaya online store makes it possible to connect with art anytime, anywhere.The online store offers you a ""life with art"" when you can`t visit the store by person, as well as when you want to take a closer look at an item you saw in the store.

With approximately 120 seats, the café and workspace offers a variety of ways to spend your time

In "SHARE LOUNGE3", you can concentrate on your own work while sitting alone, conduct meetings and private gatherings in the private rooms or just enjoy a cup of coffee when you want to take a break from shopping or work. Both tourists and local residents can enjoy the unique hospitality and comfort of Kyoto.

TAX Refund Guide


Non-resident visitors from overseas

Foreign nationals who have stayed in Japan for less than six months. Japanese citizen who live abroad for more than two years and temporarily stayed in Japan for less than six months. Must be applied in person.
Documents to present

Applicant's passport

※(valid entry stamp required; copies or other form of ID are not accepted.)

Purchased product(s) with receipt(s)

Credit card used(if applicable)

※The names shown on the card and passport must match.
※Corporate credit card is not accepted.
Application Period Only on the day of purchase (during opening hours 10:00 - 20:00)
Points to Note The tax exemption only applies to purchased for personal use
(Not applicable to items for commercial use)
Tax refunded items must be exported out from Japan.
(Purchased products must leave Japan within 30 days of the purchase date.)
Please pay attention to the expiry date on food package. Services and beverages of Share Lounge are not exempt from tax.
General Merchandise Consumables
Eligible Items Book, CD/DVD/phonograph record, stationery, sundries, clothing Foods, alcohol, cosmetics
Total Purchase Amount
(not including tax)
Minimum ¥5000 ¥5000 -¥500,000
Total amount of spending at one store on the same day Total purchase amount of consumables and general itmes cannot be combined for tax exemption.
Packaging Not specified Packaged and sealed in an official bag Do not open the package before leaving Japan. The amount of taxes being exempted will be charged if you don’t have the items with you at the time of departure.
※ However, in case of combining general items and consumables, general items will be handled in the same manner as consumables.

Access/Store Hours


5-6F [T8] S.C. Takashimaya Kyoto, 35 Otabicho
2-chome Teramachi Higashiiri Shijo-dori
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8002

【Hankyu Railway】
Direct access on the basement level from Kyoto-kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line
【Keihan Railway】
Keihan Gion Shijo Station, 5-minute walk
Route no. 4/5/17/205 from Kyoto Station "A2" platform (about 15 minutes)
※Bus line 205 toward Shijo Kawaramachi / Kitaoji Bus Terminal (四条河原町・北大路バスターミナル行き)
About 15 minutes from Kyoto Station (*The time required may vary depending on traffic conditions.)

Parking Information

Takashimaya Parking Information

Services hours 10:00a.m. - 8:00p.m.
"京回廊 Kyo kairo" open until 9:30p.m.
Last entry time 8:30p.m.

Parking fee ¥600/first 1 hour, ¥300/30mins
【Free parking】
2 hours free parking with spending over ¥5,000 (incluing tax)
3 hours free parking with spending over ¥50,000 (incluing tax)
*Purchases of any cash coupons or gift cards are invalid redemption purposes.