Where to Go for a Kimono Experience in Tokyo

Tiffany


Would you like to stroll around the streets and neighborhoods of Tokyo in a kimono, and maybe take a lot of photos in the process? Surely a nice kimono will go well with 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 kimono rental shops 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 are some reasonably priced kimono shops in Tokyo to check out (in no particular order). Also we have a post on Kimono rental options in Kyoto on our siter site Japan Cheapo.

The author in kimono
The author in kimono | Photo by Tiffany Lim used under CC

1. Omotenashi Nihonbashi

Address: Coredo Muromachi 3, 3F 1-5-5 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo


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Access: Mitsukoshimae Station Exit A4

Phone: 03-3242-2334

Hours: Saturdays, 10:30 am-3:30 pm

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Rental cost starts at: 5,500 yen

One of our writers featured Omotenashi Nihonbashi‘s kimono rental service in an article from last year, but things seem to have changed, as this service is now only offered on Saturdays, when it used to be offered on Thursdays as well. Here, staff will help you wear 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 6:00 pm! Also, reservation is required by 5:00 pm of the previous day. You can also try inquiring about the possibility of renting a kimono on a different day. And if you have the time and money to spare, try Omotenashi Nihonbashi’s other experiences such as a tea ceremony, origami workshop, and food sampling tour—it’s a cultural experience center that aims to show Japanese hospitality to tourists, after all.

2. Aki Kimono Rental

Addresses: Shibuya (15-14 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku) | Ginza (3/F, 8-3-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku) | Ikebukuro (1-13-24 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku)

Phone: 03-3476-3341 | 03-5568-0529 | 03-6416-0529



Hours: 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Rental cost starts at: 6,480 yen

According to Aki’s website, most kimonos for their one-day rental plan are in the Shibuya and Ginza shops, so it should probably be safer for walk-ins to visit those branches. The basic plan just covers dressing and rental, but there are additional fees for hair styling and a studio shoot (reservation is required for this add-on, though). These add-ons can set you back by 3,240 yen each, though. They also have a kimono-and-sushi plan for 9,720 yen, which entitles you to rent a kimono and eat sushi at a restaurant next to the studio. 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 yen before you head out in your kimono.

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3. Kimono Kawaii Company

Address: Hoshino bldg 3F 1-22-11 Dogenzaka Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan



Access: Shibuya Station (Mark City)

Hours: Sun to Thu 10:00AM to 6:00PM (by appointment)

Rental cost starts at: 4,860 yen (4-hour kimono-wearing)

Booking: click here to book.

This service is just a short walk from Shibuya station, and with 4 hours wearing time, you can get the perfect shot of yourself all “kimono’d up”, in the middle iconic scramble crossing. Cheapo’s will be pleased to know that there’s a discount if you come in a party of 2 or more people, and also a discount for children.

There’s two options, the standard Kimono wearing and dressing, or the long sleeve Kawaii plan (furisode) for an extra 1,120yen on top. Also you can book overtime if the standard 4 hours isn’t long enough for your Shibuya parade! Click here to book.

4. Sakaeya

Address: 1-20-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access: Harajuku Station

Phone: 070-5556-4393

Hours: 10:30 am-5:30 pm

Rental cost starts at: 6,000 yen (1-hour kimono-wearing, only inside the shop and minimum of 2 people required)

Managed by a daughter of kimono shop owners (her parents have been running a kimono shop in Omiya, Saitama for over 50 years), Sakaeya not only rents out kimonos, but it also sells new and secondhand ones. The rental plans also include a tea ceremony, but note that advanced booking is required; otherwise, you’ll have to pay an additional 1,000 yen as a walk-in (and there’s a chance that the owner might not be able to accommodate you). Sakaeya also has other plans, such as a 9,000-yen plan for visiting Meiji Shrine in a kimono, a yukata plan (available all-year round) for 10,000 yen (you get to keep the yukata afterwards, though!), and a furisode (a kimono with very long, dangling sleeves) plan for 50,000 yen.

5. Asakusa Shichihenge

Address: 2-29-21 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access: Asakusa Station

Phone: 03-5830-7100

Hours: 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Rental cost starts at: 3,300 yen (2,800 yen during summer months)

Asakusa Shichihenge is a recycled kimono shop with a very affordable rental plan: just pay 3,300 yen (3,000 yen for the kimono and 300 yen for tabi socks), and you can go out and about in kimono—just be sure to return the kimono by 4:30 pm. In summer (June to September), they only have yukata for rent, but you at least be paying slightly less—2,800 yen. They also have a furisode rental plan for 10,800 yen, and a geisha makeover plan for 21,600 yen. Just like the kimono and yukata rental plans, you have to buy tabi socks for 300 yen; the price quotes for the furisode rental and geisha makeover don’t include the cost of socks yet.

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6. Nadeshiko

Address: 2/F, 2-7-24 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access: Asakusa Station

Phone: 03-3842-8756

Hours: 11:00 am-5:00 pm (closed Wednesdays and Thursdays, except during public holidays that fall on those days)

Rental cost starts at: 2,700 yen (indoor only)

Nadeshiko is a kimono rental shop across Hanayashiki, Japan’s oldest amusement park. It seems to be affiliated with Hanayashiki, as it’s also being promoted on the latter’s website. The basic plan seems to be indoor-only, though; you’ll have to add 500 yen for a 15-minute stroll outside. There’s also a kimono-and-tea-ceremony package for 4,400 yen, as well as other add-on or upgrade options, such as an extra 1,000 yen to wear a furisode instead of a regular kimono. Booking in advance is required.

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7. Miiko

Address: 2/F, 1-18-9 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access: Asakusa Station

Hours: 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Rental cost starts at: 4,000 yen

The good news is that Miiko’s rental plans are valid for the entire day, so you can explore Tokyo in kimono. Reservations are strictly required, and you have to return to the shop by 6:00 pm. A kimono rental plan gets you a free cup of matcha at their cafe, and in summer, you get a free fan when you rent a yukata. Miiko also has add-ons such as a photo shoot and a rickshaw ride.

7. Asakusa Kimono Koto

Address: 2F Daigen bldg., 2-18-12 Kaminarimon, Tokyo

Access: Asakusa Station

Hours: 9:30am-6:00pm

Rental costs start at: 3,300 yen

The Kimono Koto shop in Asakusa has some of the lowest rental prices, starting at 3,300 yen, if you reserve online, for a kimono, obi (sash), sandals, under garments. You also get done up with the traditional hairstyle + ornamental hair pin. You can also walk-in: the prices for women are 3,000 yen and you only get the outfit (kimono, sash, under garment, sandals) and no hair-styling. Men get the same for 3,800 yen. There is a small discount for groups of 3 or more.

You have to return the kimono by 5:00pm of the same day, so we recommend getting there in the morning to take full advantage. If you keep your rental for the night, it’s only an extra 1,000-yen charge, but it’s probably frowned upon. Bonus: there is one English-speaking staff, so you can make reservations/correspond via email in English.

(Special thanks to our friend Vivien Chen for telling us about Kimono Koto. Check out her article for photos and to read about her experience with the kimono rental process.)

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This post was originally published in November 2015. Last update: Nov 2016

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