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The idea of selling yukatas at Uniqlo started off by wanting to provide customers with fancy bath or sleeping robes. Little did Uniqlo know that from this idea, they could successful sell yukatas to their customers. The yukatas here are made of 100% cotton and the designs are inspired by one of Japan’s traditional art movement, “Bijin-ga” or famous artists like Yumeji Takehisa and Junichi Nakahara.
HP: www.uniqlo.com/jp/ (Japanese Only)
There are many designs available here at AEON. You’ll be spoiled for choices and it doesn’t help that all those cute designs are sold at really really low prices. When they first launched their yukata line, the designs only focused around butterflies, flowers and other simple designs. As time passed, their designs grew bolder and AEON started to take a twist on traditional designs like polka dots, fireworks and chrysanthemums, to make them more pop and modern.
HP: www.aeonretail.jp/ (Japanese Only)
The special yukata line offered at Ito-Yokado is a special collaboration with the Japanese pop group, AAA’s members, Misako Uno and Chiaki Ito. From the picture, you’ll notice that the designs are eye-catching. The first row that shows folded cranes and sunflowers, were designed by Misaki while the bottom row that showcases a softer palette of flowers were designed by Chiaki.
HP: www.iy-net.jp/information/20150714CP_yukata/index.html (Japanese Only)
4. Kimono Yamato
You don’t have to purposely make your way to Tokyo just for Kimono Yamato because you can also find it in other major cities. You can also get their pretty yukatas online. They have plenty of designs to offer and if you browse their website, they’ll show you how to mix and match with accessories to make your yukata outfit complete. You’ll definitely get inspired by their modern designs.
HP: www.kimono-yamato.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Chikusen has been around since the Edo area and their history began in the heart of Asakusa. After many years later, they moved their headquarters to Nihonbashi, but that store still makes it as Tokyo’s oldest kimono store. They are known for their unique dying patterns that no other yukata makers can replicate. Among their many designs, you’ll definitely fall in love with their Edokomon pattern. The young today are not afraid of wearing traditional designs passed down for generations.
HP: www.chikusen.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 2-3 Nihonbashi-Kobunacho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
Wataro is a well-loved yukata store located in Itabashi and what customers love most about it is that Wataro has the perfect kimono and yukata for every occasion. You’ll find a lot of beautiful and some very unique designs here. This is one place to go to to get a yukata fit for a summer fireworks festival or summer events here in Japan.
HP: www.wataro.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 40-1 Oyamacho, Itabashi Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
The main store is located in Minato Ward’s Omotesando. Their customers are those that take their kimono and yukata seriously. The yukatas here are of fine material and designs that you cannot find anywhere else. If you are looking to find one of high quality, come here to browse at what they have to offer and ask their staff on their recommendations. They are more than willing to impart their wisdom on yukatas and kimonos.
HP: kururi.net/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1st Flr., 3-5-9 Chuo Coffee Headquarters Bldg., Kita-Aoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
This kimono store started in Ushigome Ward aroud 1925 but later relocated to Ginza, which served them well as a smart business move as the relocation gave them the opportunity to close deals with the kabuki theater and the National Theatre of Japan. They have just recently opened a branch in Shinjuku that offers an array of beautiful kimonos and yukatas and accessories.
HP: www.ginza-tsudaya.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1st Flr. ACT Bldg., 4-6-18 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
9. Araiya Kimono
One reason why we love Araiya Kimono is for their easy-to-wear yukatas. Instead of the usual long robe, Araiya cuts the yukata robe into two. The bottom half is worn like a sarong wrap. Wrap the bottom half around you tightly first. The top half is then worn and tied around you. For yukata beginners, this is definitely a great buy. You don’t have to worry not knowing how to fold, tie, fold over and then tie the robe when you are back in your home country with this easy-to-wrap yukata.
HP: araiya.mobi/?mode=f4 (Japanese Only)
Ichiroya started off selling vintage kimonos to overseas clients online. Now, they have opened up their market to local Japanese too. You will be spoiled with choices when you browse their website cause you’ll notice that they have about 10000 different designs of vintage and second-hand kimonos. Since they started off as an online store for foreigners, you’ll find their website easy to browse and use.
HP: japan.ichiroya.com/ (Japanese Only)
11. Vintage Kimono Fuku Fuku
Fuku Fuku has stores around Tokyo’s major spots like Asakusa, Shinjuku, Akasaka, Kagurazaka dan Kawagoe. They specialize in vintage and second-hand kimonos and if you don’t have the time in your schedule to stop by, you should check out their online store. They started off humble and their first store was a tiny one but that didn’t stop them from providing their clients with a wide variety of vintage kimonos. Now, they are well-known and clients enjoy heading there to browse the kimonos there.
HP: www.rakuten.co.jp/fukukimono/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 3rd Flr. Takeishi Bldg., 1-33-3 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo (Asakusa branch) (Google Map)
12. Koenji Hirari
This is the store to go to if you are looking just to rent a kimono or yukata for the day. This store offers vintage and second-hand kimonos and yukatas for sale and rent. It is located at Koenji in Tokyo’s Suginami Ward. Rental fees start from ¥3150, which is really reasonable. You could head to this shop and get a Japanese makeover and come out looking like a pretty Japanese doll.
HP: ameblo.jp/hirari2013/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1st Flr. Tokiwaso, 2-22-21 Koenji Kita, Suginami Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
13. Hana Goyomi
Hana Goyomi is a kimono rental store that you’ll find at Roppongi and Shinjuku. They’ve got a wide variety of yukatas to choose from and so much so that many think of it as a yukata rental place more than a kimono one. It’s open the whole year round and you can bring your own accessories to match with the kimono that you want to rent. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how they can offer such low prices to their customers.
HP: www.87-goyomi.com/hanagoyomi.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 4th Flr. Kajikawa-Seijido Bldg., 3-10-9 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
14. Aki Kimon Rental
Aki has 4 shops at major spots and they are Shibuya, Ginza, Ikebukuro and Yokohama. They have more than 5000 products that you can choose from! You’ll be spoiled with choices from all the pretty Japanese sandals and bags. There are many packages on offer. You can choose to have the full package that would make you feel like royalty. They’ll dress you up, help you do your hair and make-up and even take photos for you!
HP: kr-aki.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 15-14 Maruyamacho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
15. Atelier Anfan
This is actually a photo studio in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward. The locals come here to take studio shots for their Shichi-Go-San day or their Coming-of-Age day. The studio offers packages that come with hair and make-up services. You can come here to rent their pretty yukatas only at ¥1900! It is a bargain not to be missed.
HP: www.atorieanfan.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1st Flr. Wakatsuki Bldg., 2-31-7 Eharacho, Nakano Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
Have you already made a mental note on which yukata store to visit? There are many designs available out there and you might want to think of your budget and whether you are ready to buy one or just rent one for the day when you’re in town. If you plan to buy one, you will be spoiled with choices from new modern ones to vintage ones. If your schedule doesn’t permit you to visit those stores, you could also browse their online stores instead.