10 Places in Kyoto to Play Dress Up in Traditional Kimono
Kyoto is a city rich in history and culture. To fully immerse yourself in the experience, head to these recommended dress up stores. Some of these stores allow you to dress up in their beautiful kimonos and to take a stroll around the city in them.
Jun 18 2015 (Sep 09 2020)
1. Kyoto Arashiyama Hime
Look out for this store if you are heading to Arashiyama. It only takes 2 minutes on foot from Keifuku Electric Railroad's Arashiyama station or 8 minutes from Hankyu's Arashiyama station. The store provides three dress-up plans at different prices and each of them allows you to dress up in pretty kimonos and then take a stroll around the area. They also provide a plan for those that would like to dress up in kimonos made from Oshima Tsumugi textile, a type of cloth that is distinct for its somber colors. When the weather gets warmer, you can also consider dressing up in their summer kimonos, yukatas. The store is also equipped with a studio for you to take pictures. The dress-up plans here are available for both adults and children and you don't need to make prior reservations.
Address：3-56 Babacho Susukino Tenryuji Saga, Ukyo Ward, 616-8385 Kyoto
2. Kyoto Arashiyama Yuzuki
It only takes a minute from Hankyu's Arashiyama station to this place, making it super convenient for visitors. You don't have to worry about your personal belongings not matching your kimono outfit on that day because they have a concierge service that you can use to let them keep your stuff safe while you are out painting the town red with your kimono outfit. The designs are not too flashy and if you don't know what to pick, you could always let the staff be your kimono stylist for the day. They have male kimonos available too but unfortunately, none are available for children.
Address : 3-1 Arashiyama Higashi Ichikawacho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto 616-0002
http://www.youduki.com/index.html (Only in Japanese)
3. Kyoto KIMONO-PRO
This dress up store is located right in the middle of Kyoto city. It's only 2 minutes from the underground Shijo station's Exit No. 6 or 5 minutes from Hankyu's Karasuma station's Exit No. 26 on foot. If you are worried that you'll get lost, you could let them know beforehand and they'll come pick you up from Kyoto station. As it is an original kimono store, they have a wide variety of kimonos available for you to play dress up in and if you ever fancy any particular design, you could also buy them. Have fun mixing and matching accessories with the kimono that you have chosen. They have dress up plans for couples too for you to wear beautiful kimonos with your partners to walk around Kyoto city.
Address : 2nd, 3rd and 7th Floor Bukoji Muromachi Building, 225 Itoyacho, Shimogyo Ward, 600-8432 Kyoto
If you are looking for another dress up store in the middle of Kyoto, you could head to this one that only takes 3 minutes on foot from the Karasuma Line's Gojo station's Exit No. 1. If you are looking for a bargain keep an eye on their promotions. Sometimes they provide discounts for customers that place reservations beforehand. To make your dress up plans memorable, you could also opt to take their outdoor photography sessions and let their professional photographer capture those memories for you. There is also a maiko makeover plan that allows you to dress up as a maiko to take photographs in their studio only. If you are planning to come here with your friends and family, fear not because they have dress up plans for women, men and children.
Address : 128 Manjujicho, Shimogyo Ward, 600-8104 Kyoto
5. Kyo Rakuyuan
For those that are planning to spend their day strolling around Kiyomizu Temple and would like to dress up in kimonos, we would recommend that you head right to this store to kick start your day. They are well known for providing modern and chic designs. Don't worry if you are loaded with your luggage or shopping bags because they have a concierge service to keep your belongings safe for you. And in case you were wondering, this store was founded by the same management that manages Yumekobo. Come here for a fun day of dress up but do take note that they unfortunately do not cater to children.
Address : 3-327-6 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, 605-0862 Kyoto
http://www.kyoto-kimono.net/index.html (Only in Japanese)
6. Yume Kyoto Gion
This store is located right next to Yasaka Shrine, so if you are ever in the area, do come by. We would also recommend that you place your reservations online ahead of time as that would provide you with great deals. Don't worry if you think that there could be a language breakdown because everything is written and explained clearly. If you are unsure of which to choose, you could just ask the staff for help. They also provide convenient services like sending your luggage to your accommodations if you are planning to come directly from the airport or to head to your accommodations to pick up the kimonos when you are done. The plans provided here are catered to both men and women.
Address : 4th Floor ACROSS Yasaka Building, 300 Kitagawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama Ward, 605-0073 Kyoto
7. Rental Kimono Okamoto Kiyomizuzaka
Along the way to Kiyomizu Temple, just a minute from the temple, you'll find this dress up store. It has been around for 180 years and as a famous textile store, it is known for its beautiful kimonos and accessories. There are different types of kimonos here from summer yukatas to full regalias that are worn during auspicious occasions. You can also get your hair done here for an authentic kimono experience. Get creative in mixing and matching or you can just pick from their prepared plans. They have all sorts of designs and sizes available for adults and children.
Address : 2-237-1-1 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, 605-0862 Kyoto
8. Kyoetsu Gion
This store is located 5 minutes on foot from three major tourist spots: Yasaka Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple and Kodai-ji. They have all sorts of kimonos from casual fun summer yukatas to formal kimonos and the prices here are very affordable because their kimonos are directly sourced from the maker. In addition, they have hakama available too for you to wear out into the city and if you haven't already known, hakama are more comfortable to wear for those who have never tried on a kimono and are worried that a kimono might be too constricting. Asides from the traditional clogs you can opt to wear boots with your kimono too. The plans made available here include hair arrangement as well, giving you a full kimono experience. They cater to both men and women.
Address : 418 Minamicho, Higashiyama Ward, 605-0933 Kyoto
It only takes 5 minutes from Karasuma Line's Shijo station or Gojo station, putting it right smack in the middle of Kyoto city. This store is famous for its chic designs but apart from its modern designs they also have Japanese traditional Komon and Tsumugi textiles for those that want to have a more classic taste. If you happen to be in Kyoto during summer, you could try out their summer yukata plans. The plans here cater to both men and women.
Address : 3rd Floor Mizuho Building, 444 Matsubaradori Karasuma Higashi Iru Jyunzeicho, Sagyo Ward, 600-8417 Kyoto
http://walin.jp/ (Only in Japanese)
10. Kyo Gokoro
This store is only 4 minutes from the Tozai Line's Nijojomae station and it is well known for being the only NPO kimono dress up store. Here they provide a very unique plan that allows you to dress up in beautiful kimonos to dine a Japanese fine dining course. Their summer plans are a great bargain because not only do you get to dress up in their summer yukatas, you get to keep the yukatas too! The plans here cater to both men and women.
Address : 457-2 Ogawadori Oikesagaru Tsuboyacho, Nakagyo Ward, 604-8276 Kyoto
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.