Create memories of your trip to Kyoto with a rental kimono ~Recommended spots in spring~

As the daylight hours gradually get longer, many people may be excited to have more time to go out with their lovers, friends, and family.

If you are thinking of traveling to Kyoto in the spring, please consider our kimono rental service.
By wearing a rental kimono, you will not only look gorgeous in photos, but you will also be able to experience the atmosphere of Kyoto first-hand.

This time,
●Tips for choosing a rental kimono shop in Kyoto and preparations in advance
●Recommended spots in Kyoto
I would like to introduce you to

Please use this as a reference to fully enjoy your spring trip to Kyoto.

What’s good? How to choose a rental kimono store in Kyoto

When choosing a kimono rental store for the first time, you may find yourself wondering, “Where should I check?”
First, we will introduce some tips for choosing a kimono rental shop in Kyoto that you won’t regret.

A shop that knows cute, stylish, and popular designs

In the historical kimono culture, kimonos of various colors, patterns, and materials have been created one after another.
The range of kimono rental shops they carry varies greatly.

To find a kimono that fits your ideals, such as “elegant,” “cute,” and “cool,” we recommend checking the list of rental kimonos on the rental kimono store’s website.

If you want to choose a stylish design without compromise because you can’t usually wear it, you may want to consult a store that has professional stylists who are knowledgeable about traditional and trendy kimonos.
Waplus Kyoto has a kimono stylist!

Shops that match your preferences, such as “cheap” and “hair set included”

A kimono has a presence and is gorgeous on its own, but just wearing it doesn’t complete an outfit.
Only by choosing accessories such as obiage, bag, tabi, sandals, and styling your hair to match the atmosphere of the kimono will your total coordination be complete.
If you don’t have confidence in doing your own hair, or if you want to enjoy a stylish hair arrangement that you wouldn’t be able to do on your own, try choosing a kimono rental shop that offers plans that include hair styling.

Also, be sure to check the amount for each plan.
Currently, rental kimonos are enjoyed by many people from young people to adults, so there is a wide variety of price ranges available.
We recommend a shop where you can choose a plan depending on your budget, type of kimono, and whether or not you want your hair styled.
Click here for plans and prices

Shops close to Kyoto’s famous and tourist spots

It’s a good idea to choose a kimono store near popular spots in Kyoto so you can spend plenty of time walking around tourist spots wearing a stylish kimono!

“Even though I went to the trouble of getting dressed, I was tired because the cafes and shrines I wanted to go to were far away.”
“I was so absorbed in playing that it was time to return the kimono! I ran back to the rental kimono store.”
This will prevent you from making such mistakes.

Considering the cost performance of rental kimonos, it is safe to find a shop near the sightseeing spot you want to visit.

Advance preparations when renting a kimono in Kyoto

When using a kimono rental store for the first time, everyone gets nervous.
Preparing in advance will help you feel more relaxed on the day.

Check the flow of rental kimonos

If you understand the process from coming to the store to returning your kimono, you can take your time and have more time to spare.

The main flow of using a rental kimono store is as follows.
(*For “Waplus Kyoto”)
1.Reservation for store visit via web form or telephone
2. Visit the store on the scheduled date and time
3. Kimono/accessories selection, hair style (depending on plan)
4.Go out wearing a kimono
5. Return by the designated time (basically until 6pm)

If you are unsure of what to bring, please check with the rental kimono store immediately.
At many kimono rental shops, including Waplus Kyoto, you can come empty-handed.

Think about the sightseeing spots you want to visit in a rental kimono

In order to fully enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto and renting kimonos, we recommend making a rough sightseeing plan in advance of the day.

The trick is to check out “spots you absolutely want to go to” and “spots you want to go to if you have time” and organize them on Google Maps or a paper map. You will be able to enjoy sightseeing flexibly according to your mood, weather, and group members on the day.

In the next chapters, we will introduce recommended spots in Kyoto. Please check the details of the spots you are interested in.

I want to go around in a rental kimono! Recommended spots in Kyoto [Shrines and temples]

Speaking of Kyoto, the shrines and temples are must-sees.
The historic buildings and calm atmosphere unique to Kyoto will leave you feeling refreshed and comfortable.
If you have a rental kimono, you can make a quaint spot even more beautiful.

Yasaka Shrine | Visit the god of warding off evil and marriage

Yasaka Shrine is the headquarters of Gion Shrine, affectionately known as “Gion-san.”
It enshrines a variety of deities, including the main deity Susano no Mikoto, who prays for warding off evil spirits, business prosperity, marriage, and beauty.
The main shrine of Yasaka Shrine, designated as a national treasure in 2020, is characterized by its Heian period architectural style and intricate beauty.
Target. Since it is a large shrine, many festivals and other events are held throughout the year.

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

Yasaka Koshindo | Colorful and cute “Kukuri Monkey” is popular

Yasaka Koshindo is Japan’s oldest sacred place for Koshin worship, built during the Heian period.
Koshin belief is the idea that if you refrain from sleeping and refrain from sleeping on the day of “Kanoesaru,” which comes every 60 days or 60 years, you can live a long life.
The colorful “Kukuri Monkey” is a perfect photo spot! By attaching a monkey to the symbol of desire, it has the meaning of “giving up one’s desires.”

■Address: 390 Kanazono-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0828
■Yasaka Koshindo official website

Kodaiji Temple | Temple associated with Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s legal wife Nene

Kodaiji is a temple built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s legal wife Nene to pray for Hideyoshi’s repose.
The gorgeous buildings and beautiful gardens that change in each season are the highlights.
In spring, weeping cherry blossoms bloom beautifully, and if you time it right, you can even see them lit up at night.

■Address: 526 Shimokawaramachi, Kodaiji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0825
Kodaiji official website

Toyokuni Shrine | Pray to the god of good fortune

Toyokuni Shrine is a shrine that enshrines Toyokuni Daimyojin (Toyotomi Hideyoshi). In Kyoto, it is also called “Hokoku-san”.
It is named after Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified Japan in 1598, and is unique in that you can pray for good luck in your career, warding off evil spirits, and prospering your business.
The treasure museum has items related to Hideyoshi, so be sure to check them out as well.

■Address: 530 Chayamachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0931

Kiyomizudera | Beautiful cherry blossoms are a great photo spot

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is famous for its main hall, which is a national treasure and is also known as the “Kiyomizu Stage”.
In spring, wild cherry blossoms and Yoshino cherry trees are in full bloom around the shrine grounds, and when you look out from the main hall, which looks like it juts out from a cliff, you can feel the changing seasons throughout your body.

■Address: 1-294 Shimizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862
Kiyomizudera official website

I want to go around in a rental kimono! Recommended spots in Kyoto [Cafe/Sweets]

If you get tired from walking around, take a quick bite at a nearby coffee shop or sweets shop. There are many wonderful cafes in Kyoto.

[Around Yasaka Shrine] Gion Kyo Kurara

About 2 minutes walk from Yasaka Shrine! Gion Kyo Kurara is a specialty store that serves Kyoto wheat gluten in a fashionable way.
Kyoseifu is said to have been used as vegetarian food at the end of the Kamakura period.
With a colorful variety full of hospitality, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

■Address: 294 Gion-cho north side, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073
Gion Kyo Kurara official website

[Kiyomizu Temple Area] Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya Branch

About 8 minutes walk from Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya branch is a cafe housed in a traditional Japanese house that is over 100 years old. The atmosphere is different from regular Starbucks coffee stores.
If you’re lucky, you might be able to use the tatami rooms (3 locations). Other must-sees include interior decorations made from washi paper and Nishijin textiles.

■Address: 349 Kodaiji Minamimon-dori Shimogawara Higashiiri Masuya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0826
Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya Store Official Website

*Although we make every effort to provide accurate information, the information may become outdated depending on the timing. Please be sure to check each official website for the latest information.

Making fun memories in Kyoto starts with choosing a kimono rental store!

We introduced how to choose a kimono rental shop in Kyoto and recommended spots in Kyoto for spring.
Did you get a little idea of the trip?
Creating fun memories of your trip to Kyoto starts with choosing a kimono rental shop.

If you are thinking about trying on a rental kimono on your next trip to Kyoto, please use Waplus Kyoto.
Three ways to choose the rental kimono store we introduced: (1) A wide variety of cute, stylish, and popular designs
(2)Available to suit your preferences such as “cheap” and “hair set included” (3)The shop is close to Kyoto’s famous sights and tourist spots. All the conditions are met.

Have the happiest time on your trip with Waplus Kyoto’s rental kimono.


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!
My hobbies are music, movies, and shopping!
Please come and visit Waplus Kyoto!
We will suggest cute coordination!