Location shooting with rental kimono! Introducing popular gardens in Kyoto

If you’re going to rent a kimono in Kyoto, you’ll want to take some memorable photos! Isn’t there a lot of people who think so? Therefore, we recommend the “Kyoto Kimono Rental Location Shoot” where you can have your photo taken by a professional photographer.

Kyoto has many places suitable for location photos, such as temples and shrines, townscapes that retain the atmosphere of the past, and gardens full of nature typical of Kyoto.

Here, we will introduce “Popular gardens and locations in Kyoto” when shooting on location! We will also tell you about the plans, prices, and content of location shooting, so please refer to it.

The gardens and locations introduced here were selected by the staff of Waplus Kyoto, a kimono rental shop in Kyoto. So, wherever you are introducing a beautiful location photo There is no doubt that you will be able to take pictures!

5 popular garden locations in Kyoto

We will introduce five gardens and locations near Waplus Kyoto that are often used in Kyoto location photos.

Please take a look, as it will be helpful when searching for locations to take location photos in Kyoto, or when consulting with the staff at a kimono rental store about location photos.

Here, we will tell you about the following five gardens and locations.

Yasaka Shrine
Maruyama Park
Yasaka Koshindo
Kiyomizu temple
Kodaiji Temple

Yasaka Shrine, 1 minute walk from the store

The first place we will introduce is Yasaka Shrine, which is famous for the Gion Festival!

Yasaka Shrine is said to have blessings for marriage, beauty, and warding off evil spirits, and is affectionately known as “Gion-san” in Kyoto.

This Yasaka Shrine is characterized by its beautiful vermilion building, and location photos are often taken with that vermilion in the background. There are also buildings unique to the shrine, such as the main hall and dance hall, so it is recommended to take photos in front of them.

Specifically, there are the following location shooting spots.

West Tower Gate
Main shrine
・West Tower Gate
When you head towards Yasaka Shrine from Kyoto Kawaramachi Station, the first thing that catches your eye is the West Tower Gate. It is a beautiful vermilion-painted gate, and many students on school trips and tourists take pictures in front of it. Yasaka Shrine is one of Kyoto’s most representative shrines, so by taking photos here you will be able to capture the atmosphere of Kyoto in your photos. However, since it is a popular spot, we recommend visiting on weekdays or early in the morning if possible.
・Main shrine
The main shrine, which is painted vermilion like the West Tower Gate, is also a popular location for photo shoots. The main shrine, which has been designated as a national treasure, is built in a unique architectural style called Gion-zukuri. If you are planning to visit Yasaka Shrine, you should definitely visit the main shrine at least once. You can capture scenery that looks great in location photos, such as scenes of people praying. Yasaka Shrine is also famous for changing its colors with the four seasons. Beautiful scenery greets you every season, such as cherry blossoms and blue maple leaves in spring, and autumn leaves in autumn. If you want to take location photos in Kyoto, we recommend that you include Yasaka Shrine as one of your options!

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

Maruyama Park, 5 minutes walk from the store

The second park we will introduce is Maruyama Park, which is a vast park with a pond strolling garden* located behind Yasaka Shrine.
(*Pond stroll garden: A garden designed around a large pond.It is designed so that you can enjoy the garden from various angles by walking around the garden.)

Here at Maruyama Park, the Gion Weeping Cherry Blossoms are planted in the center of the park, and it is also known as one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto. There are also many maples and maples planted here, so you can enjoy the red leaves in autumn.

Maruyama Park is a popular tourist spot that shows different natural beauty depending on the season, but since it is a large park, it is difficult to get crowded with people, making it relatively easy to take location photos.

After taking a location photo at Yasaka Shrine, we recommend taking a location photo at Maruyama Park as well!

Maruyama Park
■Address: Maruyama-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0071
■Maruyama Park Kyoto City Urban Greening Association

Yasaka Koshindo, 5 minutes walk from the store

Yasaka Koshindo is a tourist attraction in Kyoto that is also famous as an Instagrammable spot.

When you visit Yasaka Koshindo, the first thing that catches your eye are the colorful talismans called Kukurizaru. This amulet contains the wish to “suppress one desire in order to make one wish come true.”

By taking pictures on location with this colorful Kukuri Monkey in the background, you can take pictures with cute colors and a somewhat unusual feeling!

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

Kodaiji, 4 minutes walk from the store

The fourth place we recommend is Kodaiji. Kodaiji Temple, which is within walking distance from Yasaka Shrine, has many spots that are great for photos, such as the main gate, tea room, garden, hall, and the wooden walkway leading to it.

In particular, the front garden of the Hojo and the Horai-style garden are famous as gardens that each have a Kyoto flavor.

The front garden of the Hojo is a garden filled with white sand, and a weeping cherry tree has been planted there as if watching over the garden. In spring, these weeping cherry blossoms are in full bloom, creating a fantastic contrast between the white sand and pale pink cherry blossoms.

In addition, the Horai style garden is a famous garden of Kodaiji Temple. This is a garden made with a pond and historic wooden buildings (tea room, hall, etc.) that fits the word “garden”. If you like the historic atmosphere of Kyoto and the townscape of townhouses, you may want to take location photos here. You will be able to take photos that will make you feel as if you have traveled back in time to the days of the aristocrats.

Kodaiji Temple
■Address: 526 Shimokawaramachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 605-0825
■Mt. Washimine Kodaiji Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple, 12 minutes walk from the store

The last temple I would like to introduce is Kiyomizu Temple, which you often see on TV! Even if you have never been to Kyoto, there are probably many people who have seen the “Shimizu no Butai.”

In addition to the Kiyomizu stage, Kiyomizu-dera Temple actually has many location shooting spots, such as the three-storied pagoda and the Niomon gate.

・Shimizu Stage
The stage in Kiyomizu, where the Kanji of the Year is announced every year, is a well-known tourist attraction in Kyoto. The vast stage that juts out from the cliff is a spectacular sight to behold, and its majesty will captivate your eyes.
When you visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the first thing you will pass through is Niomon. A pair of Kongorikishi statues stand on either side of the large vermillion-painted Niomon Gate.
・Three-storied pagoda
Thirty-one pagodas with a height of 31 meters can be seen from far away, making them one of the symbols of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. The three-storied pagoda is also painted in bright vermilion, with dragons and Buddhist paintings painted on the ceiling and pillars.

As you can see, Kiyomizu-dera Temple has many photo spots, and as it is a major tourist attraction, it is crowded with many people on Saturdays, Sundays, and during the day. When shooting on location here, it will be relatively smooth if you consider the day of the week and time of day.

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

Waplus Kyoto location photo plan list

At Waplus Kyoto, we actually take location photos at the spots introduced above!

Here, we will introduce the types, contents, and prices of Waplus Kyoto’s location photo shoot (Kimono location photo plan).

・Location shooting 60 minutes, 16,000 yen
・Location shooting 90 minutes, 22,000 yen
・Location shooting 120 minutes, 28,000 yen

*If you also want to rent a kimono, an additional 2,980 yen will be required.
*For all plans, it is possible to provide a total coordination including kimono, obi, accessories, sandals, lace tabi, bags, and hair arrangement. There is nothing you need to prepare in advance.

Even with a 60-minute plan, experienced photographers and female photographers who are familiar with Kyoto will take pictures according to your wishes! Also, if you want to shoot for a long time, such as 90 minutes or 120 minutes, you can travel to multiple locations and shoot at various spots in Kyoto.

At Waplus Kyoto’s location photography, we offer “model shoots that look like scenes from movies or magazines,” which are different from regular sightseeing photos, like the ones below!

・Waplus Kyoto location photo (example)

Kyoto kimono location photo plan

Flow of dressing and location photo shoot

At Waplus Kyoto, you can use the location photo shoots introduced above in the following way!

Since we are limited to 30 groups per day and reservations are required, we make sure to understand each person’s wishes and ensure that the photoshoot is to their satisfaction.

Photography process

1、Reservation for visit
Make a reservation using the online reservation form or by phone.
2, visit us
Visit us to make a reservation. Please let us know if your arrival will be delayed.
3, Outfit selection/hair set
If you are renting a kimono, you can choose your costume and get your hair done here.
We will also discuss shooting locations with the photographer.
4, shot
Shoot at your desired location spot

Summary|Take memorable photos at gardens and location spots in Kyoto!

So far, we have introduced “Popular Gardens and Locations in Kyoto” and “Kyoto Kimono Location Photo Plan at Waplus Kyoto” when taking location photos.

In Kyoto, you can take pictures on location with beautiful scenery such as cherry blossoms, fresh green leaves, and autumn leaves in the background throughout the four seasons.

At Waplus Kyoto, our photographers and female photographers who are familiar with Kyoto will guide you to the ideal location for shooting according to your wishes. If you are thinking of having a location shoot in Kyoto, please feel free to contact Waplus Kyoto!


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.
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