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Where to Buy Face Masks in Kyoto, Japan


Wearing a face mask is part of Japanese culture. Even before the pandemic struck the country, locals have been wearing masks for a variety of reasons. Today, both locals and immigrants wear masks to prevent the spread of viruses from nasal and oral droplets.


There are different types of masks available, including disposable surgical masks, fashion masks, and reusable cloth masks. In Kyoto, you can readily find facial masks in various places.


Below are some of the best places where you can buy face masks in Kyoto City:


Convenience Stores

The easiest and most convenient way to buy a facial mask is by going to a nearby convenience store. They’re open 24/7 and they have a ton of products that you can choose from.


Here are some of the convenience shops you can check out in Kyoto:

  • 7-Eleven Kyoto-Oishibashi Store

2-2 Higashikujo Minamikarasumacho, Minami Ward

  • 7-Eleven Kyoto Station Hachijoguchi Store

31-1 Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyō-ku

  • Lawson - Shimogoyo Ward

558‐8 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward

  • Lawson Kyoto-Kinkakuji-mae

12 Kinugasa Kaidocho, Kita Ward

  • Lawson Store 100 Murasakino Sendo

16 Murasakino Nishisendocho, Kita Ward

  • FamilyMart Kyoto Tower

730 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward

  • Yamazaki Y-Shop

25-1 Saiinoiwakecho, Ukyo Ward

  • Ministop Kyoto-Toji-Station-mae

119 Nishikujo Hieijocho, Minami Ward

  • Ministop Kyoto-Muromachidori-Manjuji

218-3-2 Naginatagiricho, Shimogyo Ward


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Drugstores

Surgical masks are among the top commodities you can find in drugstores. You can find plenty of budget-friendly options as well as high-end anti-viral ones.


However, due to the high demand for hospital-grade masks, it’s quite difficult to find drugstores that still have available stocks. You can try checking out the following pharmacies in Kyoto for your much-needed face mask supply:

  • Matsumoto Kiyoshi Kyōto Station Hachijō Gate Store

1F, 8-3 Higashishiokoji Takakuracho, Shimogyo Ward

Store hours: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 8 pm.

  • Matsumoto Kiyoshi Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi

103-2 Hashimotocho, Shimogyo Ward

Store hours: Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm.

  • Drug Hikari

54 Hirano Kamihatchoyanagicho, Kita Ward

Store hours: Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm.

  • Japan Kyoto Jujo

6 Nishikujo Nishiyanaginouchicho, Minami Ward

Store hours: Monday to Sunday from 8 am to 11 pm.

  • Welcia Kyoto Oike

68 Shinmeicho, Nakagyo Ward

Store hours: Open 24 hours

  • Sun Drug Kyoto Sanjo

瓦師町70エステート三条ビル1階, Nakagyo Ward

Store hours: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm.

  • Sugi Pharmacy Nijo

1-4 Nishinokyo Koboricho, Nakagyo Ward

Store hours: Monday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 10 pm.

  • OS Drug Sanjo

59-2 河原町通三条下る大黒町 Nakagyo Ward

Store hours: Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm.

  • Drug Yutaka

12 Daigominamisatocho, Fushimi Ward

Store hours: Monday to Sunday from 8 am to 12 am.

  • Drug Yutaka Yamashina

73 Takehanatakenokaidocho, Yamashina Ward

Store hours: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 11:30 pm.

  • Kokumin

2-3 Yamatechuo, Kyotanabe

Store hours: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm.

  • V Drug

Motoyashiki-156 Makishimacho, Uji

Store hours: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm.


Related: Staying Safe While Traveling in Japan


Other Options

Besides drugstores and convenience stores, you can also check out hardware stores or malls in Kyoto. Because the supply for disposable masks is incredibly low, you can look for washable cloth masks instead. Japanese crafters also suggest creating DIY masks, if you can’t source them from any of the options enumerated above. When making DIY masks or using washable cloth masks, be sure to check the layers. Ideally, it should have multiple layers. You can also look for mask filters.


Related: Less Crowded Places in Kyoto, Japan Amid Coronavirus


Companies such as Yamashin have started manufacturing nanofiber mask filters that can be reused a number of times. It would be wise to look out for updates from these companies so you know when they’ll start distributing their products.

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