HINAYA KYOTO's Flagship store became "TAX-FREE".

Hinaya inc.(President : Naoto Izukura, Nishijin, Kyoto/ hereafter Hinaya), an innovative obi and women's clothing and accessory manufacturer's flagship store "HINAYA KYOTO KIYOMIZU GOJOZAKA(hereafter Gojozaka store)" became an authorized "TAX-FREE SHOP", and foreign tourists with a total of 10,000 yen or more purchase will be exempt from the consumption tax.

HINAYA KYOTO Kiyomizu Gojozaka store

 To receive the approval of a TAX-FREE shop, you must receive the authorization to submit an "Application for export permits" to the competent tax office for tax payment place of business, and it is necessary to achieve a variety of conditions and requests. Therefore, it is very difficult for retail stores operated by small and medium-sized enterprises.

At the Gojozaka store, we have been working on placing English and Chinese speaking shop staffs at the opening last May, as well as accepting many types credit cards including CUP card, the most used credit card in China to welcome international tourists worldwide. We hosted a tour of participants of the STS Forum*1 held in Kyoto last year as well as the event*2 in collaboration with Villa Kujoyama*3.
Approximately 20% of customers at the store are from overseas such as the United States, Europe and Asia, and supports for consumption tax-free shopping had been strongly desired.

We will continue to improve the satisfaction of foreign tourists and we will strive to improve our services further.

*1 The tour to visit Kyoto's cultural heritage and traditional culture with the meeting attendees and their families of "STS forum(International Forum on Science and Technology in Society)".The convention was supported by Kyoto Cultural Foundation, an organization that carried out various initiatives for two main purposes: cultural dissemination and support of holing international conferences in Kyoto (attract and hold) with financial supports by Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 27 visitors from overseas visited Gojozaka store last October with the tour.

*2 The Music event held in December last year at Gojozaka Store with the purpose of providing our shop staffs and residents of the villa Kujoyama to wear kimonos, and the store served as a unique space for Japanese and French cultural exchange. More than 80 people attended the event.

*3 An Artist-in-residence facility operated by the Institut Français through L'Institut Franco-Japonais du Kansai. Opened in 1992 as an artist-in-residence facility for French artists and researchers of various fields to stay 4 to 12 months.

HINAYA's first flagship store is conveniently located very close to Kiyomizu temple, Ken'nin temple, Yasaka shrine and more of the Kyoto's must-see venues. This is the place where you can see the best and latest of carefully selected .merchandise from HINAYA. On the 1st floor, we offer a gallery style boutique with showcasing archives to tell HINAYA's past, and our current line-ups to show HINAYA's now, then art pieces from latest projects to tell HINAYA's future. In addition, we will showcase and hold trunk shows of both Domestic and international artists at the gallery space on the first floor.
The 2nd floor of the flagship store is named "HINAYA FABRICS", and we exclusively showcase our signature obis, textile swatches and accessories for sale here. With an atelier-like atmosphere and much hospitality, fun activities and workshops will be offered weekly. We are certain that many craft and textile lovers all over the world gather here looking for something special and so unique.

4-452 Gojo-bashi Higashi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City 605-0846
Business hours:10:00~19:00 CLOSED on New Year's Day
About 7 minute's walk from the #4 exit of Kiyomizu Gojo Station of Keihan line.

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