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Experience Japanese Tradition! 5 Popular Kimono Rental Shops around Tokyo

Experience Japanese Tradition! 5 Popular Kimono Rental Shops around Tokyo

Date published: 19 April 2019

One of the main goals of tourists visiting Japan from overseas is to experience things that are only possible here. Japan is widely known for its incredibly unique culture worldwide, and is a country where traditions have been passed down from generation to generation, and continue to coexist alongside the modern, cutting-edge culture of the world.

Speaking of traditions, one of the most traditional clothing representative of Japan is the kimono. Many people who visit want to experience wearing a kimono and traveling around Tokyo. But where can you even wear one of these kimono? And can you get past the language barrier in order to do so? There are many people who may have had these same concerns. So today, we would like to introduce 5 popular kimono rental shops in and near Tokyo, all carefully selected as locations that overcome these hurdles!

1. Kimono-kan Asakusa Shop: Kimono rentals that you can enjoy in Asakusa, a popular tourist spot

1. Kimono-kan Asakusa Shop: Kimono rentals that you can enjoy in Asakusa, a popular tourist spot

Kimono-kan Asakusa is just a 5 minute walk from Asakusa Station, also known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tokyo because of its old-fashion Japanese streets and great photo spots. At this one shop you can enjoy both yukata and full-scale kimono rentals at affordable prices, ranging from ¥2900 to ¥3800 (at the time of reservation). There are many who come into the shop empty-handed, and leave with their clothes changed and hair done as they go out to see the sights of Asakusa.

The first floor of the shop also sells sundries, including kimono and yukata, as well as sandals and kanzashi (hair ornaments), making it a good souvenir shop as well. The shop is located on Shin-Nakamise Shoten-gai, which is lively with tourists both day and night, and is visited by travelers from all over the world. Why not visit this shop and do your Asakusa sightseeing while adorned in gorgeous clothing?

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Price Plans:
Afternoon Plan: (From 2PM) ¥2900 (tax not included)
Fashion Walk Plan: Men & Womens' ¥3800 (tax not included)
Group Plan (5 or more): ¥3500 per person (tax not included)
*Simple hair and accessory set: ¥1000 (tax not included)

Shop Information:
・Foreign Language Ability: Possible
・Online Reservation in Foreign Languages: Yes
・Advance Reservation: Up to 30 days in advance
・Payment method: Credit Card OK
・Reservation Required: No
・Available for Men & Children: Yes
・Other: Wi-Fi available, children ok, toilet available

-Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 18:00
-Holidays: Irregular schedule (New Year's Holiday)

  • Kimonokan Asakusa
    Kimonokan Asakusa
    きもの館 浅草店
    • Address Masukawa Building 1, 2F, Tokyo 1-22-7, Asakusa, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 111-0032
    • Nearest Station Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Tobu Isesaki Line (Tobu Sky Tree Line) / Tsukuba Express)
      5 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-6231-6881

2. Asakusa Aiwafuku: Shop with Kimono Rentals and Purikura Photo Booths!

2. Asakusa Aiwafuku: Shop with Kimono Rentals and Purikura Photo Booths!

Asakusa Aiwafuku is a kimono rental shop located only 3 minutes on foot from Asakusa Station. The shop owner has been in the kimono industry for 40 years. Boasting over 50,000 visitors a year, it also has excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, one of the most trusted sites in the world. (As of April 2018).

You can try out your favorite kimono and yukata at a flat price from a selection of over 800 kimono brands. Included are 3 adorable accessories, such as hair ornaments, obi (sashes), and embroidered semi-collars, as well as professional hair styling. In addition, for added ease of use, there are staff available who can speak English, Taiwanese, and Chinese. Another convenience for tourists who may be traveling with large bags and strollers is that you can store them free of charge. There is even a purikura photo booth installed in the store, which is very popular amongst tourists, so you can take purikura photos while wearing your kimono.

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Price Plans:
· Asakusa Kimono Beauty Plan (1 Day) ¥5400 *¥3800 when booked online
· Group Plan (1 Day, 5 or more) ¥5800 per person *2980 when booked online
· Friends Plan (1 Day, 3 or more) ¥5400 per person *3300 when booked online

Shop Information:
・Foreign Language Ability: Possible
・Online Reservation in Foreign Languages: Yes
・Advance Reservation: Not specifically set, but you can reserve up to the day before
・Payment Method: Cash Only
・Reservation Required: Not required, but same-day prices differ; advance booking recommended
・Available for Men: Yes
・Other: Info counter, currency exchange, luggage storage, children ok, toilet available

-Opening Hours: Daily 9:00AM~6:00PM
-Holidays: None

3. Yukata Rental Wabisabi: Recommended for Those who Wish to Wear a Kimono and Get the Full Experience of Traditional Japanese Culture

3. Yukata Rental Wabisabi: Recommended for Those who Wish to Wear a Kimono and Get the Full Experience of Traditional Japanese Culture

At Yukata Rental Wabisabi, which is a quick 1-minute walk from Asakusa Station, you can enjoy trying on your favorite kimono in a shop run by owners with over 10 years experience in the beauty and kimono/yukata industry. A trendy store with a rooftop renowned as a symbol of Japanese architecture, this is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Apart from their reasonable plans and authentic Japanese plans, they also offer an extended rental plan, which is recommended for people who want to enjoy sightseeing around Asakusa with while wearing their favorite style.

There are so many places where you can experience real Japanese culture in the vicinity of Asakusa, such as Hanayashiki Amusement Park, opened in 1853 and known as the oldest amusement park in Japan, Tokyo Sky Tree, which boasts a height of 634 meters and is now known as the "new face of Tokyo," and Kappabashi-dori, famous as the best place for tools, cookware, dishes, and food samples. Why not use this opportunity to enjoy the downtown culture and old-fashioned streets of Japan?

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New Year Special Price: Kimono Rental, Free Hair & Makeup! ¥2800 (excluding tax) Undergarment, under-kimono, kimono, obi sash, purse, socks, footwear, hair and makeup included

Price Plans:
・Plum Plan: ¥2980~
・Bamboo Plan: ¥4980~
・Pine Plan: ¥6980~
・Platinum Plan: ¥8980
*All rental and dressing include free hair arrangement

Shop Information:
・Foreign Language Ability: Possible
・Online Reservation in Foreign Languages: No
・Advance Reservation: Up to 60 days in advance
・Payment Method: Credit Card OK
・Reservation Required: No
・Available for Men: Yes

-Opening Hours: Daily 8:30AM - 18:00
-Holidays: None

4. Kawagoe Kimono Rental Yuzuya: Spend A Modern Yet Elegant Day in Little Edo! Choose from Many Different Kawaii Kimono

4. Kawagoe Kimono Rental Yuzuya: Spend A Modern Yet Elegant Day in Little Edo! Choose from Many Different Kawaii Kimono

Kawagoe, which can easily be reached by train from Tokyo in only a couple of hours, is sometimes known as Little Edo, where the elegant cityscape that flourished in the Edo Period since 1603 has continued to live on till this day. At Yuzuya you can pick your favorite from among many kimono and enjoy trying them on.

Everything you need for the experience is provided for you here, so you can come in completely empty handed. When you wear one of these kimono and explore your surroundings, you will feel as if you have traveled back in time to the Edo Period yourself. Take a commemorative photo while donning your kimono in these good, old-fashioned streets of Kawagoe for an unforgettable experience.

In addition, you can even experience an important part of Japanese traditional culture by joining a tea ceremony, in which you can enjoy a cup of tea for 500 yen. This is the perfect occasion to really get in touch with authentic Japanese culture.

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Present original novelty (Tissue-case remake of Yuzuya's original antique kimono)

Price Plans:
Popular for Japanese:
・Short-sleeve Decorative Obi Plan: ¥2800 (tax not included)
・Nagoya Obi Taiko Plan ¥4800 (tax not included) 
・Couples Plan ¥6600 (tax not included)

Popular for Tourists:
・Hakama Plan ¥4800 (tax not included)

Shop Information:
・Foreign Language Ability: Possible
・Online Reservation in Foreign Languages: Yes
・Advance Reservation: up to 3 months before
・Payment Method: Credit Card & AliPay OK
・Reservation Required: No
・Available for Men: Yes
・Other: Free Wi-Fi

-Opening Hours: Daily 9:30 - 18:00
-Holidays: Wednesdays *In the event of a holiday, the next business day (Thursday) will be closed.

5. Kimono-ya Sara: From Full-Scale Kimono to a Variety of Japanese Dresses

5. Kimono-ya Sara: From Full-Scale Kimono to a Variety of Japanese Dresses

In Kimono-ya Shara, which also has a shop in Kawagoe, there are over 300 kimono items for every season, all made of natural materials, in styles ranging from antique to modern.

It is reasonably priced, charging ¥2000 for a full-scale dress for women, and ¥3500 for men and children. Of course, since professional dressing is included, it is okay to come empty-handed. There is also the option to have your hair done, for those who decide to go all out with their dress-up. In addition, there are also transformation courses which use a variety of rich kimono to transform you into symbols of Japanese culture such as samurai, geisha, and maiko. These are highly recommended for those who want to uniquely experience Japanese culture to the fullest.

Because there is also an on-location photography course (Kawagoe stroll photo plan) and a studio photography course, you can travel back in time to Japan hundreds of years ago and make some unforgettable travel memories. This is a place you will definitely want to stop by.

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Price Plans:
・Kawagoe Stroll Plan: Women ¥2000~ Men, Children ¥3500~ (tax not included)
・Photoshoot Plan ¥5000~ per person
*1 hour, 30~40 photos
*Discount for 2 or more
*Limited amount of ¥2000 kimono

Shop Information:
・Foreign Language Ability: May not be available, depending on day/time
・Online Reservation in Foreign Languages: Yes
・Advance Reservation: Yes, not stated up to how many days in advance
・Payment Method: Credit Card OK (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Amex, Bank card, etc.)
・Reservation Required: No
・Available for Men: Yes

-Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 18:00 *May vary by season
-Holidays: Irregular

  • Kimono rental shop SARA
    Kimono rental shop SARA
    きものや沙羅
    • Address 8-4, Renjakucho, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama, 350-0066
    • Nearest Station Hon-Kawagoe Station (Seibu Shinjuku Line)
      7 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 049-227-6898

Don’t Miss Out on the Japanese Kimono Experience!

Don’t Miss Out on the Japanese Kimono Experience!

In the kimono shops of Asakusa and Kawagoe where the good old days of Japan have never left, you can enjoy a variety of rich, traditional cultural experiences, including trying on a kimono. Even if you come in empty-handed, you can enjoy yourself at a reasonable price. Please make sure to give it a try! Just wearing kimono and taking a stroll about the city will become an unforgettable experience.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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