Keen to stroll around the streets of Tokyo in a kimono, and maybe take a lot of photos in the process? A nice kimono will go well with the cherry blossoms, or a temple or shrine in the background. You don’t have to worry about not having your own kimono or not knowing how to wear one, as there are heaps of kimono rental shops in Tokyo that are happy to offer a hassle-free kimono-wearing experience to tourists. In summer, they also rent out yukata, which are made of lighter, thinner material than regular kimonos.
Below, in no particular order, are some reasonably-priced kimono shops in Tokyo to check out. You can also explore kimono rental options in Kyoto.
Looking for a kimono to keep? Head over to our kimono buying guide instead.
1. Kimono Kawaii Company | Shibuya
This service is just a short walk from Shibuya Station, and with four hours of wearing time, you can get the perfect shot of yourself all “kimono’d up”, perhaps at the iconic Scramble Crossing. Cheapos will be pleased to know that there’s a discount if you come in a party of two or more, and also a discount for children. There are two options: standard kimono wearing and dressing, or a long-sleeve (furisode) “kawaii” plan for an extra ¥1,500. You can book overtime if the standard four hours isn’t long enough.
Rental cost starts at: ¥5,500 (4-hour kimono wearing)
Access: Shibuya Station (Mark City)
Hours: Sun to Thurs, 10am-5pm (by appointment)
Booking: Reserve online here
2. Sakaeya | Harajuku
Managed by the daughter of long-time kimono shop owners (they’ve been running a kimono shop in Omiya, Saitama for over 50 years), Sakaeya not only rents out kimono, but also sells new and secondhand ones. Their simple one-hour rental plans are only for indoors, but include a tea ceremony for ¥6,500. Other options are also available, including a ¥9,000 plan for visiting Meiji Shrine or a Japanese garden with tea ceremony, the same but in a yukata for ¥13,000 (you get to keep the yukata), and a furisode plan for ¥50,000.
Note that advanced booking is advised; otherwise, you’ll have to pay an additional ¥1,000 as a walk-in, and there’s a chance that they might not be able to accommodate you.
Rental cost starts at: ¥6,500
Access: Harajuku Station
3. Aki Kimono Rental | Shibuya, Ginza, Ikebukuro
Most kimono for their one-day rental plan (¥6,600) seem to be in the Shibuya and Ginza shops, so it should probably be safer for walk-ins to visit those branches. From June to September, you can try yukata for ¥1,100 less. The basic plan covers dressing and rental, but there are additional options including hairstyling, a photoshoot and even a sushi plan with food at the restaurant next door (Shibuya only)—all costing an additional ¥3,300.
Note that regardless of the plan you choose, in addition to your total bill, you’ll have to pay a refundable deposit of ¥3,000 before you head out in your kimono.
Rental cost starts at: ¥6,600 (¥5,500 for yukata)
Access: Shibuya: Shinsen | Ginza: Shinbashi | Ikebukuro: Ikebukuro
4. Omotenashi Nihonbashi | Nihonbashi
We covered Omotenashi Nihonbashi’s kimono rental service in an earlier post, but things seem to have changed, as it is now only offered on Saturdays, when it used to be offered on Thursdays as well. Here, staff will help you dress in a kimono, after which you can pose for some photo ops in their tatami room (complete with parasols for your props) and stroll around Tokyo. Just be sure to return the kimono by 6pm. Reservation is required by 5pm of the previous day. If you have time and money to spare, you can try their other experiences, such as a tea ceremony, origami workshop or food sampling tour—it’s a cultural experience center that aims to show Japanese hospitality to tourists.
Rental cost starts at: ¥5,610
Hours: Saturdays, 10:30am-3:30pm (return by 6pm)
Access: Mitsukoshimae Station Exit A4
5. Asakusa Shichihenge | Asakusa
Asakusa Shichihenge is a recycled kimono shop with a very affordable rental plan: pay ¥3,000 and you can go out and about in a kimono—just be sure to return it by 4:30pm. In summer (June to September), they only have yukata for rent, but you pay slightly less—¥3,300. They also have a furisode rental plan for ¥15,000, and a geisha makeover plan for ¥30,000. For all rental plans, you have to buy tabi socks for ¥330 if you do not have your own.
Side note: Here’s where to see real-life geisha in Tokyo.
Rental cost starts at: ¥3,300–¥3,500
Access: Asakusa Station
6. Nadeshiko | Asakusa
Nadeshiko is a kimono rental shop near Hanayashiki, Japan’s oldest amusement park. Their basic plan is indoor-only—you have to add ¥500 for a 15-minute stroll outside. There’s also a kimono and tea ceremony package for ¥5,000, as well as other add-on or upgrade options, such as an extra ¥1,000 to wear a furisode instead of a regular kimono. Booking in advance is required.
Rental cost starts at: ¥3,000 (indoor only)
Hours: 11am-5pm (closed Wednesdays and Thursdays, unless they are public holidays)
Access: Asakusa Station
7. Asakusa Kimono Koto | Asakusa
The Kimono Koto shop in Asakusa has some of the lowest rental prices, starting at ¥1,800 with their summer online reservation discount for a kimono, obi (sash), sandals and undergarments. You also get done up with the traditional hairstyle and ornamental hairpin. You can walk in and still pay ¥3,900, but you won’t get the hairstyling or pin. Men can rent a kit for ¥3,500, and if you want to try furisode, you can opt for a ¥9,800 plan—but it requires booking at least five days in advance. Groups get a discount of a few hundred yen and couples have a discount too. You have to return the kimono by 5pm of the same day, so we recommend getting there in the morning to take full advantage.
Rental costs start at: ¥1,800
Access: Asakusa Station
This post was originally published in November, 2015. Last update: July, 2018.
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