Spring in Japan IS BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL. I AM NOT KIDDING! “If life is but a dream” is such a perfect description of it. To make it even more perfect, we decided to go to Kyoto and rent a kimono.
One of the most asked question I’ve received is “where to buy / rent kimono in Osaka / Kyoto”? If I remember correctly I’ve never written about it yet so here it goes..
Wonderful, Wonderful – Johnny Mathis (I like old songs!)
This photo makes me miss spring SOOO BAD! I know we’re not close to spring time yet but I think YOU would look good in a kimono this Autumn too!
My very talented friend, Chichi aka Little Miss Paint Brush drew a Chibi Ashley in a kimono. So thankful!
There are many foreigner friendly kimono rental shops in Kansai such as Osaka Kimono Rental Wargo in Daimaru Shinsaibashi. The one we tried tho is called Yumeyakata and it is very popular among young Japanese girls (we were surrounded). If you’ll make a reservation, you’ll only pay ¥3,500 for the basic kimono rental instead of ¥5,000 (exclusive of tax). They accept major credit card such as JCB, Master Card, VISA, etc. Keep in mind that for summer, they’re only offering you to wear “yukata” (similar to kimono but made out of thinner fabric) since it’s too hot. If you want your hair to be arranged, you’ll pay an additional ¥1,500 (promotional price).
Pro-tip: I suggest that you reserve an earlier slot so you can enjoy wearing yukata for a longer time. We went in early but left early as well because my friend has a flight to catch.
I remember that we were mistaken to be “Japanese or geisha”, something like that and a lot of people asked our photos. Just because we were wearing kimono. So I’m just telling you that you might lure a lot of attention by wearing one. If you don’t like it, I highly suggest Yumeyakata’s Studio Photography option for only ¥1,500 + tax.
Kyoto Kimono Rental Yumeyakata
Hosai Bldg, 353, Shiogama-cho, Nishiiru sakai-machi, Gojo-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan