Kyoto kimono rental spring recommendations! Tips for choosing a location and recommended walking courses


In spring, Kyoto’s cherry blossoms decorate the city, providing an unforgettable sight for visitors. Renting a kimono or yukata and strolling around during this beautiful season is one of the charms of visiting Kyoto. As someone who works at the Kyoto rental shop Waplus Kyoto Yasaka Shrine, I’d like to share some tips on choosing the perfect place for a spring kimono date or outing with friends, as well as some recommended walking routes. Please refer to this article and enjoy Kyoto in spring to the fullest while wearing a kimono.

Points to note when renting kimono in spring

Choose according to the climate

In spring, it can get cold in the mornings and evenings, so be prepared with a shawl or coat.

Book early

Spring is one of Kyoto’s most popular tourist seasons. Early reservations are recommended to ensure you can rent the kimono you want.

Recommended walking courses

Walking around Gion starting from Yasaka Shrine

Waplus Kyoto Yasaka Shrine store is a great place to start. Visit Yasaka Shrine, and then enjoy the cityscape of Gion while passing through Hanamikoji. The cherry blossoms, which symbolize Kyoto in spring, create a spectacular view when combined with the atmosphere of the ancient capital.

The path of philosophy

Philosopher’s Path, where a tunnel of cherry blossoms forms in spring, is a particularly recommended spot for couples. How about taking a leisurely walk and thinking about Kyoto’s nature and philosophy?

Arashiyama bamboo forest path

The Bamboo Forest Road is one of Arashiyama’s most representative spots, and the fresh greenery in spring is also beautiful. Walking around in a kimono will make you feel like you’ve stepped into another world.

Heian Shrine

A photo with Heian Shrine’s Otorii in the background is the perfect souvenir of your spring visit to Kyoto. There are also many cherry blossom viewing spots around the shrine, where you can feel the unique spring atmosphere.

Photography spots in Kyoto in spring

– Maruyama Park: Known as a famous cherry blossom viewing spot, Maruyama Park is home to many types of cherry blossoms in full bloom in the spring. This is the perfect place to take photos in kimono.


– Kiyomizu Temple: The view from the Kiyomizu stage is spectacular, and it’s even more beautiful during the cherry blossom season. Photos taken especially at sunset will create a magical atmosphere.


– Kamogawa Riverbed: The Kamogawa Riverbed is the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll under the warm spring sunshine. The reflection of the cherry blossoms on the surface of the river and the sight of people wearing kimonos brings out the beauty of Japan.


Spring in Kyoto is the perfect season to stroll around in a kimono. In addition to standard sightseeing spots such as Yasaka Shrine, Gion, Philosopher’s Path, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and Heian Shrine, there are also plenty of photo spots unique to spring, such as Maruyama Park, Kiyomizu Temple, and the riverbed of the Kamogawa River. When renting a kimono, be sure to choose one that suits the climate and make reservations in advance. In particular, the secret to a comfortable stroll is to choose a rental shop with a good location and excellent services, such as Waplus Kyoto Yasaka Shrine Store. Why not spend a special day in Kyoto in spring wearing a kimono? The beautiful cherry blossoms and the atmosphere of the ancient capital await your visit, and are sure to create unforgettable memories.


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!
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