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Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten

Nara City


Founded in 1716, this brand has brought traditional Japanese crafts into the modern age.

Top quality and stylish modern packaging created by traditional craftsmanship. Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten’s products come in mysterious forms, bringing fresh surprises to the Japanese and a deeper understanding of Japanese tradition to overseas visitors. Founded in 1716, this long-established shop has carried on the tradition of manufacturing hemp cloth called Narazashi using traditional methods. It underwent a major reorganization with the slogan “Revitalize Japanese Crafts!” Traditional crafts have been revived with a modern appeal, recreating the brand.

  • Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten's photo
  • Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten's photo
  • Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten's photo

The renovated traditional Japanese-style house in Naramachi where the main store is located is Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten’s point of origin.

Nakagawa Masaschichi Shoten has grown into a popular brand with shops in Tokyo and Osaka. If you come to Nara, you have to visit the main store. This location has an original atmosphere that is different from all other locations. The shop has the look and feel of an old Japanese-style neighborhood house. You can feel the history in the tiled roof and the shape of the eaves. But when you duck under the sign curtain you suddenly enter a completely modern showroom.

  • Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten's photo
  • Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten's photo
  • Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten's photo

Japanese style + modern design for a unique Nara souvenir!

Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten handles crafts from all over Japan. They of course carry items with a special connection to Nara. They carry everything from stationery supplies such as paperclips and masking tape, bags for accessories, to overflowing with items that bear a Nara deer motif. One of the most popular items among overseas visitors is the fukin, a Japanese-style table cloth. They are made from a special mosquito net cloth crafted in Nara that has excellent water absorption and quick drying properties, which dries quickly and thoroughly when spread out. They are soft to the touch but extremely durable. They come in a wealth of options such as a quilted design with a deer motif and others have milky Japanese color dye. Simply choosing which one to buy is fun.

  • Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten's photo
  • Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten's photo
  • Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten's photo
  • Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten's photo

For reference

  • Address
    31-1 Ganriincho, Nara-shi, Nara-ken
  • Telephone
    0742-22-1322
  • Open
    10:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.
  • Closed
    Irregularly on Mondays

Access

Kansai International Airport is a 1 hour, 45 minute flight from New Chitose Airport.
Kansai International Airport is a 1 hour flight from Haneda Airport.
Kansai International Airport is a 1 hour, 20 minute flight from Narita Airport.
Kansai International Airport is a 1 hour, 15 minute flight from Fukuoka Airport.
Kansai International Airport is a 2 hour, 20 minute flight from Naha Airport.
Take the shuttle bus from Kansai International Airport to Kintetsunara Station (approx.1 hr. 25 min).
  • Or take the Nankai Electric Railway from Kansai International Airport via Kintetsu Namba Station to Kintetsunara Station (1 hr. 30 min.).
The shop is an 8 minute walk from the station.

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