The beginning of beauty – The basics of enjoying a kimono rental stroll, everything about kimono dressing

The charm of wearing a kimono begins with how to wear it correctly. In this article, we will introduce you to the basic points and techniques you need to know to enjoy kimono rental in Kyoto. Enjoy your stroll in Kyoto even more by getting tips and advice on how to wear a kimono to bring out its beauty.

Beautifying – Basic steps for wearing a kimono

In order to bring out the beauty of a kimono to its fullest, it is important to understand the basic steps of wearing it. Here, we will explain in detail the basic steps and precautions for wearing a kimono. By mastering the basics of kimono, such as how to tie the obi and how to wear the undergarment, you will be able to wear the kimono more beautifully.
There are unique steps to putting on a kimono, but by understanding the basic process, you can even try it on yourself. Below is a detailed explanation of the basic steps for wearing a kimono.

Wearing underwear

Before putting on the kimono, put on the undergarment, which is the kimono’s underwear. The undergarment plays an important role in preventing the kimono from being see-through and adjusting its shape.

How to tie the front obi

After wearing the undergarment, next tie the front obi. The front obi is tied at the waist and the kimono is layered on top of it. By tying the obi tightly, the kimono will come together beautifully.

Wearing a kimono

The kimono is worn by folding the right front over the front obi, then overlapping the left front, then folding the left front up. Once the body is in place, adjust the collar of the undergarment and tighten the obi.

How to tie the obi

When tightening the obi, pull it firmly and create a beautiful knot. There are many variations in the shape and way of tying the obi, and it changes depending on the season and type of kimono.

How to adjust the collar of undergarment

After putting on the kimono, carefully adjust the collar of the undergarment. The collar of the undergarment affects the impression of the kimono, so it is important to keep it neat and tidy.

Adjusting the hem

Adjust the length of the hem of the kimono according to your height. Hemming and hemming are done to ensure that the hem is the appropriate length.


Once you understand and get used to the basic kimono dressing procedures, you will be able to do the kimono dressing yourself smoothly. By remembering these steps and performing them correctly, your kimono will look beautiful and fit perfectly on your body.


– Wearing a kimono requires some practice. Take your time and go slowly at first.
– Be careful not to tighten the obi too much, and make sure it is just the right amount of tightness.
– If you feel that it is loose or misaligned, it is important to correct it midway.


In order to enjoy a beautiful kimono, it is essential to wear it accurately and beautifully. Understand the basic steps of wearing a kimono and master it yourself by practicing. Spend a wonderful day wearing the correct kimono while admiring the scenery of Kyoto.

Coordination according to season and place – How to arrange kimono

The way you arrange your kimono also changes depending on the season and location. Here we will introduce techniques for coordinating kimono to suit the season and specific location. For example, there are plenty of ideas to make your kimono look more attractive, such as spring-like patterns, cool coordination in summer, and fun ways to arrange it in Kyoto in winter. With the right arrangement, your stroll in Kyoto will be even more wonderful.

Spring – Colored with gorgeous floral patterns and pale colors

Spring in Kyoto is a wonderful time when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and you feel the arrival of a new season. We recommend wearing a kimono with spring-like patterns and light colors that will sparkle with the cherry blossoms.


・Floral pattern kimono
If you want to express the feeling of spring, a kimono with a floral pattern is perfect. Choose patterns with a seasonal feel, such as cherry blossoms or plum blossoms.


・Pastel color obi
Choosing a pastel-colored obi to match the color of your kimono will create a soft impression. Pale pink and light blue like cherry blossom petals create a spring-like atmosphere.


・Gorgeous obidome
If you want to add an accent to your kimono, choose a gorgeous obi clasp. Flower and bird motifs are perfect for spring attire.


・Spring hair ornament
Don’t forget the accessories for your hair. Hair ornaments decorated with cherry blossoms and other seasonal flowers will tighten up your overall look.

Summer – Take a tasteful walk in a cool yukata style

Summer in Kyoto can feel hot, but let’s enjoy a tasteful stroll in a cool yukata style. We recommend materials with a refreshing feel and cool patterns.


・Refreshing yukata
Yukata gives a cool impression and is perfect for summer walks. Choose a pattern based on light blue or white to create a refreshing feeling.


・Sandals and drawstring bag
Zori sandals and a drawstring bag go perfectly with the yukata style. Choose refreshing colors and patterns to balance the overall look.


・Summer accessories
Incorporating summery accessories such as fans, obi clips, and hair ornaments will create a cool and elegant look. A perfect item for fireworks and summer festivals.

Winter – Coordination that combines warmth and glamor

Kyoto is a bitterly cold winter season, but with outfits that combine warmth and elegance, you can turn even the cold winter days into a fun stroll.


・Tips for layering
To protect yourself from the cold, it is important to wear layers under your kimono. Protect yourself from the cold with a warm coat or layered collar.


・Gorgeous colored obi
The deep colored obi that stands out against the cold colors of winter is stylish. Choose warm colors like red or purple to add some flair to your outfit.


・Fur accessories
Adding a fur obi clasp and a drawstring bag will further accentuate the warmth and glamor. Tighten up your outfit by using accessories unique to winter.

Arrangements tailored to Kyoto’s famous spots and events

In addition to the seasons, you can also enjoy arranging them to match Kyoto’s famous spots and events. For example, in Arashiyama, bamboo patterns and greenery are used, and at the Gion Festival, gorgeous patterns and colors stand out. Your kimono coordination will look even more beautiful by adjusting it to suit the characteristics of the season and location.
Enjoy a kimono style that is in harmony with the season and location with the correct arrangement. Your stroll in Kyoto will be an even richer experience.

Key points to avoid mistakes – Tips and precautions for dressing

Putting on a kimono is a delicate process and can be difficult for first-timers. Here, we will explain common mistakes, points, and precautions when wearing a kimono. By learning how to avoid making mistakes, such as how to tie the obi, adjust the bodice, and how to deal with wrinkles in your kimono, you will be able to enjoy a stress-free kimono stroll in Kyoto.

Basics of how to tie an obi

How to tie the obi is a particularly important point in coordinating a kimono. In order to avoid mistakes, it is important to tie the obi tightly.

Correct way to tie

When tying the obi, use a obi board to tie it firmly. The key to a beautiful kimono is to be careful not to tie the knots in place and to tie them in a well-balanced manner.

Adjusting the length

The length of the obi varies depending on the body type and type of kimono. If the obi is too short, it will unravel easily, and if it is too long, it will be difficult to tie. Adjust it to the appropriate length and make sure to tie it with plenty of room.

Adjusting the body and folding it evenly

The adjustment of the body is an important point in whether or not the kimono will look beautiful. Create an elegant and orderly impression by folding them evenly.

Shoulder position

The shoulder position of the kimono should match the shoulder position of the person wearing it. Make sure your shoulders are symmetrical.

Balance of folding method

When folding the body, it is important to fold it symmetrically and evenly. Be careful not to lean too far on one side or let it sag.

How to deal with wrinkles

When wearing a kimono, wrinkles may form, but if left untreated, the beauty of the kimono will be diminished. Learn how to deal with wrinkles and keep your clothes clean at all times.

Smooth wrinkles

If wrinkles appear, stretch the fabric by gently pulling it with your hands. However, be careful not to pull too hard as this may damage the fabric.

Use of steam iron

If you are concerned about wrinkles, use a low temperature steam iron to smooth out the wrinkles. Please note that some fabrics should not be ironed.

Keeping your beauty

While wearing a kimono, the obi may become loose or the body may become disarrayed. Keep it beautiful with frequent checks and adjustments.

Re-tightening the obi

If the obi becomes loose, retighten it frequently. By re-tightening the kimono, the overall balance of the kimono is maintained and a beautiful impression is maintained.

Check in the mirror

When wearing a kimono, it is important to check the entire kimono in a mirror. Check the position of the obi and the evenness of the body, and make adjustments as necessary.


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!