KIMONO Manners and How to Enjoy Kyoto with Gorgeous Rental Kimono
Have you been to Kyoto? As you might know, Kyoto is a beautiful city with historical buildings. Its atmosphere is totally different from Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya. There are tons of things to do in Kyoto. In this post, I’m going to introduce how to enjoy Kyoto with rental Kimono.
Let’s see step by step!
- 1 Where to Rent Kimono
- 2 How to Rent Kimono
- 3 Kimono and What else? What to Rent
- 4 What to do with Kimono on
- 5 Kimono Manners
- 6 How to Return Rental Kimono
- 7 Summary
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Where to Rent Kimono
There are many places you can rent Kimono in Kyoto. I’m not going to introduce them all but just pick a couple in here.
Rental Kimono Okamoto
Okamoto has various selections of Kimono. They have 5 locations within Kyoto and all of them have the same kinds of Kimono. Although all locations are close by each other, pick a store according to your trip plan.
For instance, if you plan to go to Kiyomizu Temple, Kiyomizuzaka Shop is the nearest location.
All locations open 7 days a week, 9a.m.-8p.m. (except Okamoto Kirakuan)
Main Shop (本店)
Address: 546-8 Gojohashi Higashi, Higashiyama ward, Kyoto city
Kiyomizuzaka Shop (清水坂店)
Address: 2-237-1-1 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama ward, Kyoto city
Gion Shop (祇園店)
Address: 532 Washino, Higashiyama ward, Kyoto city
Yasakanotomae Shop (八坂の塔前店)
374 Yasakakami-cho, Higashiyama ward, Kyoto city
Okamoto Kirakuan (喜楽庵岡本)
340-3 Kiyomizu 3 Cho-me, Higashiyama ward, Kyoto city
*No fixed holidays, so call and ensure if they are open before heading there.
Kimono Rental Yumekyoto
Yumekyoto is located next to Yasaka Shrine and also accessible to Gion and Kiyomizu Temple. Over 200 choices are available for 5,000 yen plan. They also have staff who is fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese and English.
It also opens 7 days a week, 9a.m-8p.m.
Address: 4th Floor of Yasaka building, 300 ACROSS, Gionmachi-Kitagawa, Higashiyama ward, Kyoto city
How to Rent Kimono
Details of Okamoto and Yumekyoto can be found →Rental Plans for Okamoto and Yumekyoto
Wherever you go to rent Kimono, it’s better to make a reservation via email or phone.
Make a Reservation Via Email
This is probably the most convenient way to make a reservation. Simply research and find Kimono rental place and submit reservation form. Popular or big companies should have website in English.
Make a Reservation Via Phone
If you want to talk to staff, this is an option for you. Depending on store, you might be able to speak with English or Mandarin speakers. If you don’t speak fluent Japanese, however, you might want to try email.
What About Walk-in?
Even though I don’t recommend, you could try walk-in. However, busy places are fully booked and would have no extra availability for walk-ins. If you want to rent Kimono for sure, I do recommend to make a reservation via email or phone.
Kimono and What else? What to Rent
When renting Kimono, what items are included? Most of the Kimono rental shops provide you necessary items so that you don’t have to prepare anything. Below is a quick summary of rental items.
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Kimono is a most crucial piece! Rental shops usually offer different price plans. Designs and colours of Kimono are different depending on the plan.
For instance, Okamoto offers 30 choices for 3,000 yen plan, 300 for 4,000 yen plan and 600 for 5000 yen plan.
Accessories are important to wear Kimono properly. Usually all accessories are included in the plan: Kimono, Obi (sash), bag, Tabi and Zori. Make sure what they include in the plan.
What to do with Kimono on
After professional staff help you to wear Kimono, it’s time to go play! But what should you do? Here are some ideas what you can do with Kimono.
Take lots of Photos
This is your special day! Take tons of photos and enjoy Kimono. Go to different place and take photos with building, people and nature.
Visit Historical Heritages
Whether you wear Kimono or not, don’t forget to visit Kyoto’s historical heritages such as Kiyomizu Temple. It’s magnificent to visit those places. Kimono makes your day super!!
Kimono is different from Yohuku or 2 piece-clothes, so it requires different manners. Below are basic manners I want women to know when wearing Kimono.
Don’t Open Legs
It sounds weird, but don’t open legs. First of all, it’s hard to open legs because female Kimono is very tight.
Secondly, it loosens Kimono and looks miserable if you open legs. Men’s Kimono is not that tight compared to that of women.
To avoid loose, untidy condition, it’s better to keep your knees next to each other.
Walk with Small Steps
This also relates to the first manner. You cannot walk with wide steps when wearing Kimono. You could run but only with small steps. Trust me, I tried!
This especially applies to women. If Kimono becomes loose, who can fix for you? Take your time, move slowly so that you won’t mess up Kimono.
Cover Your Skin
When you see drama, movie or TV games, some female characters wear Kimono in a sexy way. You don’t do that with real Kimono!
The only skin parts you can show are face, neck and hands. You don’t show shoulders. You don’t show your arms.
Take Time in Washroom
Going to Washroom might be challenging for women when wearing Kimono very first time.
Kimono has long sleeves and Obi on your back, so you need extra space. Try to go bigger washroom if possible.
Hold your sleeves (I sometimes roll them around my arms) and don’t rush. You don’t want to mess up Kimono especially in washroom!
How to Return Rental Kimono
After enjoying Kimono experience, it’s not done yet. Now you must return it. You can usually return in either way.
Go back to Store
You leave your clothes in the shop, take valuable with you and enjoy Kyoto tour. After you are done with the tour, be sure to go back to shop while they open.
You are supposed to return Kimono and accessories by specific time the shop requires. For example, Yumekyoto asks customers to return everything by 6p.m. Check with a shop when you rent!
Go back to Hotel
This is a great option because you don’t have to go back to a shop. If you want to wear Kimono during night time, use this option so that you don’t have to rush to return Kimono.
Simply go back to your hotel and your clothes would be at reception for you to pick up. There is an extra charge for this (about 1500 yen) but it’s worth it!
Wearing Kimono is an exceptional experience. It makes you feel special and helps to experience authentic Japanese culture.
You might feel exhausted after wearing it, but it’s absolutely worth it!!
No need to buy, just enjoy rental Kimono while you are in Japan.
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