Sfera Archive/Sfera Shop





The Sfera Building, designed by Swedish group Claesson Koivisto Rune in 2003, is an oasis of good taste on a street which is loaded with hostess clubs and borderline brothels. It’s cloaked in titanium, with holes punched out to depict cherry tree leaves. Inside, there’s a five-storey ‘culture centre’, incorporating a gallery, Japanese and Italian restaurants, and Sfera Bar Satonaka. Shoppers will find plenty to keep themselves amused, including the Archive, selling CDs and design books in English and Japanese, and the Shop, stocked with modern Japanese interior goods.

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009


1F, 2F Sfera Building, 17 Benzaiten-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

Transport Gion Shijo station (Keihan line).

Telephone 075 532 1105 Shop

Telephone 075 532 1106 Archive

Open Archive 11am-8pm; shop noon-8pm; mon, tue, thur-sun

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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