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. Additionally, you can explore kimono rental options in Kyoto.

Looking for a kimono to keep? Head over to our where to buy a kimono in Tokyo guide instead.

1. Aiwafuku, Asakusa

Kimono wearing at Sensoji, Asakusa
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Aiwafuku is a popular kimono rental shop that prides itself with its wide variety of kimonos. Available in all sorts of colors and patterns, rental prices start at ¥4,300 which include simple hair styling services to complete the look. In the warmer months Aiwafuku also offers summer kimono or yukata from ¥5,800.

Rental cost starts at: ¥4,300¥6,500
Access: Asakusa Station
Hours: 9am-6pm
Booking: Reserve online here

2. Kimono Yae, Asakusa

Yukata couple at a festival
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Kimono Yae is a kimono rental shop near Nakamise shopping street. Their invidivual rental plans start from ¥5,980 and they also offer group and couple packages. In addition, there are timed kimono photoshoot packages done in 30,60, and 90 minute intervals from ¥11,000. Since the shop opens up bright and early, you can rent the kimono for the whole day but be sure to return it before 5:30pm.

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Rental cost starts at: ¥5,980
Hours: 9:30am-5:30pm
Access: Asakusa Station
Booking: Reserve online here

3. Hanaka Kimono, Asakusa

This long standing kimono rental shop is a few seconds away from exit 5 of Asakusa Station. They have a variety of rental packages (inclusive of hair styling services) from 2 hour rentals starting at ¥2,560 to complete wedding rental plans priced at ¥41,800. Hanaka Kimono prides itself in helping customers quickly change in and out of their kimonos in a matter of minutes. To top it off, Hanaka Kimono also offers an array of trendy or contemporary kimono patterns.

Rental cost starts at: ¥2,560
Hours: 9:30am-6:30pm
Access: Asakusa Station
Booking: Reserve online here


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4. Kimono Koto, Asakusa

Kimono in Tokyo, Asakusa
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The Kimono Koto shop in Asakusa has some of the lowest rental prices, starting at ¥1,980 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. Men can rent a kit for ¥3,850, and if you want to try furisode, you can opt for a ¥10,780 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: ¥1,980
Hours: 9:30am-6:00pm
Access: Asakusa Station

5. Sakaeya, Harajuku (appointment only)

Kimono photo shoot in park
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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. They offer 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.

Rental cost starts at: ¥9,000
Access: Harajuku Station
Hours: 10:30am-5:00pm

6. Aki Kimono Rental, Shibuya, Ginza, and Ikebukuro

Japanese woman wearing a kimono
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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)
Hours: 10am-6pm
Access: Shinsen, Shinbashi, and Ikebukuro

7. Kimono Kawaii Company, Shibuya (temporarily closed)

Kimono in Tokyo.
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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

8. Omotenashi, Nihonbashi (temporarily unavailable)

Tokyo fall park kimono
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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

Kimono rental FAQS

How much does it usually cost to rent a kimono and what is included?

Renting a kimono can costs anywhere between ¥1,980 to well over ¥10,000 depending on the duration of renting, type, and services that are normally included. Some shops offer photo services that come with the rental while others offer simple hair styling services and tea ceremonies. It all depends on your budget and what you want to experience.

Where should I rent my kimono?

It completely depends on the vibe you’re going for. For a more traditional feel, Asakusa and Nihonbashi are great places to rent kimono while a more modern take would be to rent a kimono somwhere downtown like Harajuku or Shibuya.

How much does it cost to buy a kimono?

Kimonos prices usually start from ¥100,000 and a major factor is because kimonos aren’t factory produced. There’s a lot of time and expertise that go into producing a single garment so expect to pay a pretty penny, or two.

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This post was originally published in November, 2015. Last update: June, 2022.

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