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8 Best Places for Kimono Rental in Kyoto Near Kiyomizudera Temple

8 Best Places for Kimono Rental in Kyoto Near Kiyomizudera Temple

Date published: 30 July 2020
Last updated: 20 November 2020

When in Kyoto, take your visit a step further and create a wonderful memory by renting a kimono or yukata and spend the day strolling around in it!

Kyoto has a variety of kimono rental shops throughout the city. For this article, we made our selection by focusing on the area around Kiyomizudera Temple, a popular tourist destination. This area is also conveniently located close to Sanneizaka and Ninenzaka, which are famous for their classic architecture, traditional streets, teahouses, pagodas, and cherry blossoms.

Main photo courtesy of Kimono Rental Dream Kyoto Kodaiji store

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Rikawafuku: Kyoto kimono rental shop with a wide selection of antiques and original accessories!
  2. 2. Kyoetsu: Kyoto kimono rental shop with free luggage storage!
  3. 3. Wargo Kyoto Kiyomizuzaka Store: More than 20,000 of the latest kimono!
  4. 4. Kyoto Kimono Rental Shiki Sakura: Choose from a variety of plans
  5. 5. Rental Kimono Okamoto: The origin of Kyoto rental kimono
  6. 6. Kimono Rental Yume Kyoto: Return kimono via hotels and other stores
  7. 7. Rental Kimono Rose: Authentic kimono experience & photography
  8. 8. Fuji Rental Kimono Specialty Store: Discerning Taste
  9. Experience wearing a kimono in Kyoto and make a memory

1. Rikawafuku: Kyoto kimono rental shop with a wide selection of antiques and original accessories!

1. Rikawafuku: Kyoto kimono rental shop with a wide selection of antiques and original accessories!

A four-minute walk from Kiyomizu Temple, the Rikawafuku Kiyomizu is a Kyoto kimono rental shop with 300 unique kimonos you won’t find anywhere else, from antique kimono to gorgeous and playful designs with a modern flair.

There you can create a style that combines traditional kimono with modern, original, and handmade accessories.

At Rikawafuku, you can also have your hair styled to complete your look before doing some fashionable sightseeing. Price plans include: “Kyoto Kimono Hair Set Plan” 3,980 yen, “Kyoto Kimono Hair Set Student Discount Plan” 3,500 yen, and “Kyoto Kimono Couple Plan” 7,000 yen.

If you don't need your hair styled, the “Kyoto Kimono Basic Plan” 1,980 yen is recommended (all prices exclude tax).

Staff members can speak Chinese, Korean, and English, and additional foreign language information is provided.

To prevent infectious diseases, the store is sterilized, ventilated, and humidified, and the staff wear masks and maintain a distance of one meter from customers. The number of customers entering the store and the number of reservations taken are carefully managed to avoid congestion.

  • Rikawafuku Kiyomizu-dera
    梨花和服 清水寺店
    • Address 3-327-6, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862
    • Phone Number 075-532-5510
    • Hours: 9:00 - 18:00 (last entry 15:30) * May be closed depending on the weather.
      Final return time: 17:30
      https://ewha-yifu.com/shops/kyoto-area/kiyomizudera/

2. Kyoetsu: Kyoto kimono rental shop with free luggage storage!

2. Kyoetsu: Kyoto kimono rental shop with free luggage storage!

A 10-minute walk from Kiyomizu Temple, the renovated Kyoetsu Gion Store features picturesque windows and a garden overlooking the Yasaka Tower, perfect for taking photos.

The inventory of this Kyoto kimono rental shop is a wide range of antiques, gorgeous modern patterns, and even famous brand kimono. There are also sizes suitable for taller and full-bodied people. In July and August the shop rents yukata (light summer kimono), and in June and September, you can choose your favorite yukata or kimono.

Most of the antique kimono are unique pieces, so it is unlikely that you see the same design on anyone else and can enjoy your own original look!

Online reservations are available starting from 2,000 yen for women and 3,000 yen for men. Group discounts are also available (all prices exclude tax).

Foreign language support is available in English, Chinese, and Korean, with the languages spoken indicated on staff members’ name tags.

As a measure against infectious diseases, customers’ temperature is checked, and employees wear masks. The number of reservations is limited, and the store's layout is set up to avoid crowding. Also, the store is regularly ventilated, and doorknobs are sterilized.

  • Kimono Rental Kyoetsu Gion Shop
    京越 祇園本店
    • Address 398 Kinen-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0828
    • Phone Number 075-754-8644
    • Hours: 9:00 - 18:30
      Final return time: 18:00 *The store asks that customers kindly adjust their return time to avoid congestion.
      https://kyoetsu-gion.com/en/

3. Wargo Kyoto Kiyomizuzaka Store: More than 20,000 of the latest kimono!

3. Wargo Kyoto Kiyomizuzaka Store: More than 20,000 of the latest kimono!

With twenty stores nationwide, Wargo is the largest kimono rental shop in Japan. They also specialize in Japanese accessories, with a wide variety of handbags and geta (traditional Japanese sandals). All accessories are included with your Kyoto kimono rental so that you can coordinate with cute hairpins and accessories.

Popular rental packages include the “Standard Kimono Plan” (2,980 yen), the “Mamechiyo Modern Kimono Plan” (5,980 yen) by which you can wear a kimono with innovative design, and the “Casual Furisode Plan” (8,980 yen) that allows you to wear a kimono made of glossy, high-quality fabric (all prices exclude tax). All are offered at a discount for online reservations and payment.

The store has staff who are fluent in English and Chinese, and a transparent sheet is installed at the reception to prevent infectious diseases. The staff also wear masks and face shields when serving customers and thoroughly disinfect the shop before and after serving customers.

  • Kyoto Kimono Rental Wargo Kiyomizuzaka
    wargo 京都清水坂店
    • Address Kyoto Kanzashiya Wargo Kyoto Kiyomizuzaka Shop 2F, 6-583-104, Gojyobashihigashi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0846
    • Hours: 9:00 - 18:00
      Final return time: 17:30
      https://kyotokimono-rental.com/en/

4. Kyoto Kimono Rental Shiki Sakura: Choose from a variety of plans

4. Kyoto Kimono Rental Shiki Sakura: Choose from a variety of plans

Shiki Sakura Kiyomizu Temple Store is operated by the Maiko Experience Studio Shiki facility and is particular about offering elegant and beautiful clothing. Even if you have difficulty choosing a kimono, the staff can choose one that suits you.

The reasonable “Omakase” (4,000 yen) and “Choice” (5,000 yen) plans allow you to choose your kimono, obi, bag, and sandals. There are also men's and children's plans available so that you can dress up as a family.

The Omakase, men's, and children's plans all on sale for 2,980 yen each from September 16, 2020 to May 31, 2021 “Kimono Campaign” (all tax excluded). An indoor photoshoot can be added on the day for an additional 1,000 yen (excluding tax), so you can share your experience with family and friends.

The Kyoto kimono rental shop staff speak English and Chinese.

As a countermeasure against infectious diseases, hand disinfectant is available, the building’s interior has been thoroughly disinfected, and the entrance remains open for ventilation. Also, employees’ temperature is monitored, and vinyl curtains protect customers at the reception and make-up areas. Seating is well-spaced, and reservation numbers are limited.

  • Rental Kimono SHIKI SAKURA
    レンタル着物 四季さくら 清水寺店
    • Address 2-208-7, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862
    • Phone Number 075-533-6666
    • Business hours: 9:00 - 17:00
      Regular holiday: Open all year round
      http://www.sakura-wasou.com/en/

5. Rental Kimono Okamoto: The origin of Kyoto rental kimono

5. Rental Kimono Okamoto: The origin of Kyoto rental kimono

Rental Kimono Okamoto originated with rental kimono produced by the Okamoto Textile Store, a long-established company founded 190 years ago. The large Kiyomizu store has over 330 square meters of floor space, and you can take photos with the garden as a backdrop.

The store is a one-minute walk from Kiyomizu Temple, and you can return your kimono the next day or through your hotel so that you can enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto at your own pace.

The Kyoto kimono rental shop has over 1,000 kimonos in a wide range of sizes and styles, from cute and cool to beautiful and antique. There are plenty of obi belts, bags, accessories, and sandals so you can coordinate to your tastes. The staff have a high level of technical skill in dressing customers and hairstyling; you can leave the shop with confidence, knowing you’ll look your best.

The easy “Set Plan” is 2,980 yen, while the most popular “Full Outfit Plan” is 4,980 yen. The “Yukata Plan” is 3,980 to 4,980 yen (tax excluded), and there are various plans for men and children.

English and Chinese menus are available for international customers.

To prevent infectious diseases, the store limits the number of people who enter, thoroughly ventilates and disinfects, and checks the staff's health, who also wear masks.

  • Rental Kimono Okamoto Kiyomizu-dera Shop
    レンタルきもの岡本 清水寺店
    • Address 2-237-1-1, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862
    • Phone Number 075-525-7115
    • Hours: 10:00 - 18:00
      Final return time: 17:30
      https://www.okamoto-kimono-en.com

6. Kimono Rental Yume Kyoto: Return kimono via hotels and other stores

6. Kimono Rental Yume Kyoto: Return kimono via hotels and other stores

Kimono Rental Yume Kyoto Kodaiji Store has convenient access to multiple sightseeing areas: Kodaiji Temple (one-minute walk), Kiyomizu Temple (five-minute walk), and Gion (ten-minute walk). After sightseeing, you can return your kimono through your hotel or at other Kimono Rental Yume Kyoto stores so you can go sightseeing without worrying about the return time.

You can choose from about 400 kimono, including antique pieces. The “Omakase Coordination Plan” (2,900 yen), “Full Set Coordination Plan” (4,900 yen), and retro and antique pattern “Hannari Plan” (5,900 yen, all prices exclude tax) are popular choices.

English-speaking staff are always on-site, and additional information is available in English and Chinese.

As a countermeasure against infectious diseases, customers’ temperature is checked, alcohol disinfection is offered, and employees wear masks. The store is also well ventilated.

  • Rental Kimono Yumekyoto Kodaiji Branch
    きものレンタル夢京都 高台寺店
    • Address Masuya 2F, 5-362 Masuya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0826
    • Phone Number 075-541-4630
    • Hours: 9:00 - 18:00
      https://kyoto-kimonorental.com/

7. Rental Kimono Rose: Authentic kimono experience & photography

7. Rental Kimono Rose: Authentic kimono experience & photography

Rental Kimono Rose has a wide selection of genuine silk kimono. The experienced staff will fit kimono properly according to customers’ body shape, with beautiful results.

Kimono and yukata for men and children are also available. With cool kimono in summer and stoles and haori in the winter, couples and families can enjoy the experience all year round. A popular plan is the “Antique Kimono Plan” (September 15th to June 15th) for 4,000 yen (excluding tax).

On-location and in-studio photo shoots are popular options. For those holding a wedding ceremony in Japan, pre- and post-ceremony photo sessions are also available.

Staff who can speak English are always on hand to help.
As for infectious disease measures, the staff wear masks and often wash and disinfect their hands. The store is ventilated, and the number of customers who enter the store is limited to one group at a time. Most of the makeup tools are disposable.

  • Rental Kimono Rose
    レンタル着物 ローズ
    • Address 415-2 Minami-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862
    • Phone Number 075-525-6114
    • Hours: 9:00 - 18:00
      https://www.rentalkimonorose.com/en/

8. Fuji Rental Kimono Specialty Store: Discerning Taste

8. Fuji Rental Kimono Specialty Store: Discerning Taste
Photo courtesy of Fuji Rental Kimono Specialty Store

At Fuji Rental Kimono Specialty Store you’ll be dressed in the finest attire that will stay in place and look great all day. The store is also a convenient five-minute walk from Kiyomizu Temple and close to the bus stop.

Photo courtesy of Fuji Rental Kimono Specialty Store

The shop has more than 500 all-new kimono with gorgeous colors and cute patterns. Men's and children's kimono and yukata rentals are also available for family fun throughout the year.

The popular “Couple Plan” is 4,500 yen, and the “Women’s Pair Plan” costs 5,000 yen (excluding reservation fees). There is also an “easy plan” for 1,925 yen (all prices exclude tax).

Photo courtesy of Fuji Rental Kimono Specialty Store
  • Fuji Rental Kimono Kyoto Kiyomizu Temple Store
    富士レンタル着物 京都清水店
    • Address 6-506 Gojobashi Higashi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0871
    • Phone Number 075-525-5688
    • Hours: 9:00 - 18:30 *Closed as of July 2020. Please check the website for reopening information.
      Final return time: 18:00
      https://www.fuji-kimono.jp/

Experience wearing a kimono in Kyoto and make a memory

Simply seeing kimono is wonderful, but if you actually wear one, you can gain a deeper feeling for Japanese culture, and sightseeing will take on a new level of enjoyment. The kimono experience may seem involved, but friendly staff will provide guidance and advice.

So take a stroll through the streets of Kyoto in a kimono, take graceful pictures against the backdrop of temples and traditional buildings, and create some irreplaceable memories!

(Please be advised that all stores conduct temperature measurements, and wearing masks and disinfecting your hands are required when entering.)

  • Written by: Yoko Okumura
    Written by: Yoko Okumura
*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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