Tips for walking around Kyoto as an adult who rented a kimono

One way to enjoy the charm of Kyoto more deeply is to rent a kimono or yukata and take a walk. For adult travelers, this offers a unique opportunity to experience culture and history beyond mere sightseeing.
In this article, as a kimono rental professional, I will introduce tips for walking around Kyoto in kimono for adults. From choosing a kimono that combines comfort and style, to must-see spots, and even etiquette while wearing a kimono, we’ll give you tips on how to enjoy your day to the fullest.

Points to consider when choosing a kimono

Wear a kimono that suits your body type

Kimono has different shapes and patterns that suit different body types. It is important to consult the staff at the rental shop and choose a kimono that fits your body type.

Cherish the sense of season

Choose materials and colors that match the season. We recommend a cherry blossom pattern for spring, a cool yukata for summer, autumn leaves for fall, and warm material for winter.

Make a difference with accessories

One small item can change the whole impression. Express your individuality with a seasonal obijime or a Japanese-style bag.

Must-see spots and their charms

Kiyomizu temple

This is a particularly recommended spot to visit wearing a kimono. The view from the Shimizu stage is even more beautiful when you’re wearing a kimono.


The perfect place to stroll through the old townscape. If you visit after dusk, you can enjoy the enchanting lights and the exotic atmosphere.

path of philosophy

Philosopher’s Path, where you can enjoy the natural beauty of each season, is the perfect place to spend a relaxing time. It is especially a must-see during the spring cherry blossom season and the fall foliage season.

Manners and tips for wearing kimono

Way of walking

Kimono makes your steps naturally graceful. By walking with short strides, you can prevent your kimono from falling apart and enhance the beauty of your kimono.

Precautions when eating

Eating in a kimono requires a little ingenuity. Be especially careful not to get the obi obi dirty. It is also important to fold your skirt neatly when you take your seat.

Don’t forget to be polite

Wearing a kimono means wearing Japanese traditional culture. Therefore, when visiting shrines and temples, you are expected to behave in a particularly polite manner.


Renting a kimono in Kyoto is a great way to deeply appreciate the beauty of the ancient capital. When choosing a kimono, it is important to consider your body type and season, and express your individuality with accessories. There are also many spots where you can have special experiences when you visit in a kimono, such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Gion, and Tetsugaku no Michi. When walking around in kimono, don’t forget to be polite when walking and eating.
By wearing a kimono, even just walking around becomes an extraordinary experience, and the surrounding scenery becomes more beautiful and deeply moving. Walking through the streets of Kyoto allows you to experience Japan’s traditions and culture, and wearing a kimono will make that experience even richer. By walking around in a kimono, which only adults can do, you will not only be able to visit tourist spots, but also get a feel for the atmosphere of the place and enjoy a journey that will touch your heart.
What’s more, walking around in kimono is a great chance to take photos that will look great on social media. Photographs of people in kimonos taken in Kyoto’s old streets and beautiful nature serve as memories of unforgettable travels, as well as beautiful works of art that move the viewer. If you are visiting with friends or family, you can create even more fond memories by taking photos with each other.
Finally, when using kimono rentals, many stores require reservations, so it is important to plan accordingly. Also, in order to have a comfortable stay, refer to the advice given at the rental shop and make sure to choose one that suits your ease of movement and the season. The staff at the rental shop will provide you with a wide range of support, including choosing a kimono, dressing it, and tips for walking around. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to consult us.


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!