Apple Opens Its First Retail Store in Kyoto, Japan [Photos]

Apple Opens Its First Retail Store in Kyoto, Japan [Photos]

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Apple opened a new retail store on Shijō Dori in Kyoto, Japan today. The street, surrounded by many of Kyoto’s famous shrines and temples, has served as the city’s main shopping corridor since the 1600s.

Apple Kyoto's architecture takes inspiration from local design and materials, with the upper levels clad in a translucent envelope inspired by Japanese lanterns. The use of lightweight timber frame and special paper on the upper facade also draw reference to the country’s traditional houses. The building is centered around a multi-level atrium that is also where the store will offer free Today at Apple sessions daily on photography, music, coding and more.

A queue of customers stretched 10 blocks down Shijō Dori to visit the Apple Store. Check out some photos of the grand opening below!


Apple Opens Its First Retail Store in Kyoto, Japan [Photos]

Apple Opens Its First Retail Store in Kyoto, Japan [Photos]

Apple Opens Its First Retail Store in Kyoto, Japan [Photos]

Apple Opens Its First Retail Store in Kyoto, Japan [Photos]

Apple Opens Its First Retail Store in Kyoto, Japan [Photos]

Apple Opens Its First Retail Store in Kyoto, Japan [Photos]

Apple Opens Its First Retail Store in Kyoto, Japan [Photos]

Apple Opens Its First Retail Store in Kyoto, Japan [Photos]

Apple Opens Its First Retail Store in Kyoto, Japan [Photos]

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