If you’re sightseeing in Kyoto, rent a kimono!

“If I’m going to Kyoto, I want to wear a kimono and have fun!”
“I want to rent a kimono to fully enjoy the atmosphere of Kyoto!”

Isn’t there a lot of people who say that?

In this article, we will tell you about recommended points for kimono rental and recommended sightseeing spots in Kyoto for those people!

Please use this as a reference when sightseeing in Kyoto in a kimono.

Kyoto is recommended for kimono rental for sightseeing!

Kyoto has many Japanese-style buildings, gardens, shrines and temples that are perfect for kimonos. So, by sightseeing in Kyoto wearing a kimono, you will be able to blend into the scenery of the town even more, and you will also be able to take lots of Instagram-worthy photos!

Among these, kimono rentals are especially popular for girls’ trips with friends and couples. Why not try sightseeing in Kyoto wearing a kimono and enjoy an extraordinary experience that is a little different from your usual travels?

Recommended sightseeing spots in Kyoto

Here we will introduce recommended sightseeing spots in Kyoto.

Yasaka Shrine Area

The Yasaka Shrine area is located within walking distance from Kyoto Kawaramachi Station, the center of Kyoto. From that area, we will introduce Yasaka Shrine and Kiyomizu Temple.

・Yasaka Shrine
Yasaka Shrine is famous for the Gion Festival. The vermilion torii gate is popular among tourists as a photogenic spot.

As you enter the shrine grounds, you will see the main hall and dance hall, giving you a sense of its history. Shinto rituals and dances are often held at the Maiden. By visiting Yasaka Shrine according to the event schedule on the website, you will be able to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of the rituals that have been held since ancient times.

Yasaka Shrine
■Address: 625 North Gion-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 605-0073
Kyoto Gion Yasaka Shrine

・Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Near Yasaka Shrine, there are Ninenzaka (Ninenzaka) and Sannenzaka (Sannenzaka), which are the approaches to Kiyomizu Temple. If you follow this path, you will arrive at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, which is famous for the Kiyomizu stage.

At Kiyomizu-dera Temple, you can see not only the Kiyomizu stage but also structures that give the impression of a Japanese temple, such as the Niomon gate and the three-storied pagoda.

Additionally, Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka are quite popular tourist destinations, with souvenir shops, miscellaneous goods stores, cafes, etc. all lined up in the typical Kyoto townscape. If you are sightseeing in Kyoto wearing a kimono, this is one place you should definitely visit!

■Address: 1-294 Shimizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 605-0862
Otowayama Kiyomizudera

Philosopher’s path area

Philosopher’s Path is a promenade on the eastern side of Kyoto City. Many shrines and temples are dotted along the road. Here, we will introduce Ginkaku-ji Temple, which is located at the northern end of Tetsugaku no Michi, and Nanzen-ji Temple, which is located at the southern end.

・Ginkakuji Temple (Higashiyama Jishoji Temple)
Ginkakuji is one of Kyoto’s tourist attractions, along with Kinkakuji. While Kinkaku-ji is covered in gold leaf, Ginkaku-ji has a quiet appearance with wood grain and white walls.

The official name of Ginkaku-ji Temple is Higashiyama Jisho-ji Temple, and it is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I want to see calm Japanese-style architecture! This is a particularly recommended spot for those who are interested.

Ginkakuji Temple
■Address: 2 Ginkakuji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 606-8402
Ginkakuji | Rinzai Sect Shokokuji School

・Nanzenji Temple
Nanzenji Temple is a tourist destination famous for its red brick arched bridge called Suirokaku. This arch bridge, built in the Meiji period, is loved for its retro feel and is a popular photo spot for visitors to Kyoto.

If you visit on a girls’ trip or sightseeing as a couple, you will be able to take pictures with a retro feel.

■Address: Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8435

Heian Shrine area

Heian Shrine and the nearby Okazaki Park are a place of relaxation for the people of Kyoto. We will introduce these two sightseeing spots with spacious grounds.

・Heian Shrine
One of the most eye-catching sights in Okazaki, Kyoto is the large torii gate on the approach to Heian Shrine. When you visit Heian Shrine for the first time, use this large torii gate as a landmark!

Heian Jingu Shrine not only has a large vermilion shrine called Daigokuden, but also a garden called “Shinen” that shows off its various charms throughout the seasons. No matter what season you visit, spring, summer, fall or winter, you will be able to see different natural beauty.

Heian Shrine
■Address Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8341
Heianjingu Shrine

・Okazaki Park
Okazaki Park is one of Kyoto City’s most representative parks, and its vast grounds are home to a variety of facilities, including Lake Biwa Canal, the Incline, the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, and the Kyoto City Zoo.

Additionally, events such as flea markets are often held at Okazaki Park. We also recommend visiting in conjunction with such events. You can enjoy the lively Okazaki Park.

Okazaki Park
■Address: Okazaki Saisho Teramachi, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8342
Okazaki Park Kyoto City

Recommended points for kimono rental

Recommended points for kimono rental

Kyoto, which has many Japanese-style buildings, is dotted with many kimono rental shops. There are various benefits to using kimono rental when sightseeing, such as the following.

・Can be used empty-handed
Kimono rental shops have everything you need to wear a kimono, such as a kimono, obi, bag/clothes, sandals, and foot bags.

Therefore, there is no need to prepare anything here, and you can rent a kimono just by visiting the store empty-handed on the day of your reservation.

・Kimono dressing and hair and makeup done
Kimono dressing is often included in the price, and if you make a reservation for kimono rental, the staff at the kimono rental shop will take care of everything from choosing your kimono to dressing you. So you don’t have to worry about “I don’t know how to put on a kimono”!

Depending on the location, there are also shops that offer hair and makeup services. However, there are many places that offer hair and makeup as an option, so we recommend that you do some research in advance.

・You can leave your luggage
Transporting luggage is a hassle when traveling. Many kimono rental shops will let you keep your luggage, such as a carrying case, while you rent a kimono.

If you want to use a kimono rental service right after arriving in Kyoto, we recommend that you leave your luggage at a kimono rental shop because you can go sightseeing without worrying about your luggage.

・Available at a reasonable price
When some people hear the word “kimono,” they think of it as being expensive, but when it comes to kimono rentals, you can rent a kimono for as little as 3,000 yen.

Of course, just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s of poor quality. Depending on the location, you may be able to rent high-quality kimono at a low price.

・You can choose your favorite kimono
Kimono rental allows you to choose your favorite kimono from a wide variety of kimonos. When purchasing a kimono, you need to purchase one, but when renting, you can choose as many as you like each time!

When choosing a kimono, we recommend checking the feel and texture of the kimono to find one you like.

Flow of kimono rental usage

If you want to rent a kimono, you will basically use the following process.

1.Reservation for store visit
2.Go directly to the store on the reservation date
3. Kimono selection and dressing
4. Going out
5, Return

At Wa Plus Kyoto, a kimono rental store in Kyoto, kimono stylists with knowledge of kimono listen to each customer’s individual preferences and help them find their favorite kimono!

If you have any concerns or questions regarding use, please feel free to contact us!

Kyoto kimono rental plan fee

Summary | Let’s tour Kyoto in your favorite kimono!

So far, we have told you about “recommended sightseeing spots in Kyoto” and “why kimono rental is recommended.” I’ve been doing it.

Of course, just sightseeing in Kyoto is fun, but by wearing a kimono, you can experience an even more extraordinary experience and have even more fun. Also, by appearing in a photo in a kimono, you will be able to take better photos than in clothes.

Please consider renting a kimono when sightseeing in Kyoto!

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Author of this article


Waplus Yasaka Shrine store staff

Ayana Ogawa

We would like to help many customers smile through kimono rental.
I love spending time listening to customer requests and proposing kimono coordination and deciding on hair styles!
I am particularly good at hair styling, so please leave it to me to create the currently popular feminine hair.
I'll make it look cute!
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We will suggest cute coordination!