Where to Go for a Kimono Experience in Tokyo

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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 sister site Japan Cheapo.

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1. Omotenashi Nihonbashi | Nihonbashi

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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 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 6:00 pm. Also, reservation is required by 5:00 pm of the previous day. You can 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.

Rental cost starts at: 5,500 yen
Hours: Saturdays, 10:30am-3:30pm (return by 6pm)
Access: Mitsukoshimae Station Exit A4
Phone: 03-3242-2334

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2. Aki Kimono Rental | Shibuya, Ginza, Ikebukuro

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According to Aki’s website, most kimonos for their one-day rental plan (6,480 yen) are 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 around 1,000 yen less.The basic plan just covers dressing and rental, but there are additional options including hair styling, a photo-shoot and even a sushi plan including food at the restaurant next door (Shibuya only) – all costing an additional 3,240 yen.

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.

Rental cost starts at: 6,480 yen (5,400 for Yukata)
Hours: 10am-6pm
Access: Shibuya: Shinsen | Ginza: Shinbashi | Ikebukuro: Ikebukuro
Phone: Shibuya: 03-3476-3341 | Ginza: 03-5568-0529 | Ikebukuro: 03-6416-0529

3. Kimono Kawaii Company | Shibuya

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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.



Rental cost starts at: 4,500 yen (4-hour kimono-wearing)
Access: Shibuya Station (Mark City)
Hours: Sun to Thu 10am to 5pm (by appointment)
Booking: click here to book.

4. Sakaeya | Harajuku

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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 simple 1-hour rental plans are only for indoors but also include a tea ceremony for 6,000 yen.


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Alternative plans are available including a 9,000-yen plan for visiting Meiji Shrine or a Japanese garden with tea ceremony in a kimono, the same but in a Yukata for (available all-year round) for 12,000 yen (you get to keep the yukata afterwards, though!), and a furisode (a kimono with very long, dangling sleeves for weddings) plan for 50,000 yen. Note that advanced booking is advised; 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).

Rental cost starts at: 6,000 yen
Access: Harajuku Station
Hours: 10:30am – 5:30 pm
Phone: 070-5556-4393

5. Asakusa Shichihenge | Asakusa

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Asakusa Shichihenge is a recycled kimono shop with a very affordable rental plan: just pay 3000 yen 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—2,500 yen. They also have a furisode rental plan for 10,800 yen, and a geisha makeover plan for 21,600 yen. For all rental plans, you have to buy tabi socks for 300 yen if you do not have your own.

Rental cost starts at: 2,500 – 3,000 yen
Access: Asakusa Station
Hours: 10am – 5pm
Phone: 03-5830-7100

6. Nadeshiko | Asakusa

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Nadeshiko is a kimono rental shop near Hanayashiki, Japan’s oldest amusement park. The basic plan seems to be indoor-only, though so you’ll have to add 500 yen for a 15-minute stroll outside. There’s also a kimono-and-tea-ceremony package for 5,000 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.

Rental cost starts at: 3,000 yen (indoor only)
Hours: 11am – 5pm (closed Wednesdays and Thursdays, unless they are public holidays)
Access: Asakusa Station
Phone: 03-3842-8756



7. Miiko | Asakusa

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The good news is that Miiko’s rental plans are valid for the entire day and the better news is it only costs 3,000 yen! 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. Reservations are strictly required, and you have to return to the shop by 6pm for most plans. On weekends returns can be extended until 10pm and from June to August you can return it the next day free of charge so you can enjoy fireworks shows or special events.

Rental cost starts at: 3,000 yen
Hours: 10am – 6pm
Access: Asakusa Station

8. Asakusa Kimono Koto | Asakusa

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The Kimono Koto shop in Asakusa has some of the lowest rental prices, starting at 3000 yen with their summer discount reserved online for a kimono, obi (sash), sandals, under garments. You also get done up with the traditional hairstyle + ornamental hair pin. You can walk in and still pay 3,000 but you won’t get the hair styling or pin, so it’s worth the extra effort to fee and look the part! Men can rent the kit for 3,500 and if you want to try Furisode you can opt for the 9,800 plan but it requires booking 5 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. 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 member of staff, so you can make reservations/correspond via email in English.

Rental costs start at: 3,300 yen
Hours: 9:30am-6:00pm
Access: Asakusa Station

(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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If you love Geisha and want a chance to see them for real in Tokyo, read up on how to here!

This post was originally published in November 2015. Last update: July 2018


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