Try Wearing One Once! 5 Inns and Rental Shops Where You Can Borrow Yukata
Yukata is a traditional summer garment. Did you know there are rental shops and ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) where you can rent yukata all around the country? Here are some facilities from which you can rent a yukata and enjoy taking a walk or going sightseeing while wearing it!
This is a veteran ryokan with more than 130 years of history in the Tamatsukuri Onsen area of Shimane. You can enjoy the famous water of this spring that's good for moisturizing skin and in the open-air bath. Women can rent yukata here for 1,000 JPY (incl. tax) each, but the inn also has plans that includes free yukata rental. There are many bathing facilities in the area where you can enjoy their baths without being an overnight customer, so please wear a yukata and wander around the area.
2. VASARA Asakusa Branch
This is a franchise that has branches in major sightseeing locations around the country. The Asakusa branch in Tokyo is just a 3-minute walk away from Asakusa Station and offers more than 1,000 kimono and yukata to choose from. You can make reservations online in advance, and the staff will dress you for free. There are various courses that include hair-styling to match your yukata for free or a fee, and you can also rent accessories. While usually the yukata must be returned by a specific time at the end of the day, you can pay an extra 980 JPY (excl. tax) to keep it longer.
Example Price: Yukata Standard Plan with Online Payment 3,200 JPY (excl. tax)
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This is a well-established ryokan that opened about 390 years ago in Ehime. You can rent a yukata for 1,500 JPY but they also have plans that include free yukata rental (varies depending on season). Inside the facility there's a large public bath and foot bath, but Dogo Onsen is an area that has an outdoor bathing culture that includes hopping from facility to facility like the Dogo Onsen Honkan, a public bathing facility that has been designated a national important cultural artifact. Please stroll around this hot spring resort in your yukata. It's recommended to try the rickshaws. All of the rooms in this ryokan have free Wi-Fi available, and there are English speaking staff.
4. Kyoto Kimono Rental wargo Gion Shijo Branch
This is a franchise based in Kyoto with branches all over the country in major sightseeing spots like Kanazawa and Kamakura. The Gion Shijo branch is in the center of Gion, a symbol of Kyoto, so it's convenient for sightseeing. They have around 9,000 kimono and yukata to choose from, from antique patterns to modern designs! They also have a full hair salon within the premises as well. First you must make an online reservation, then they'll dress you for free at the shop, and you must return the yukata 30 minutes before the shop closes (though you can have it for longer for an extra 1,000 JPY (excl. tax)).
Example Price: Standard Yukata Plan with Online Payment - 2,900 JPY (excl. tax)
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5. Yamanaka Onsen Kissho Yamanaka
This is an inn in the famous hot spring resort of Yamanaka Onsen, which first opened 1,300 years ago. You can enjoy various baths using the natural spring water here, from open-air baths to private baths and foot baths. You can rent women's yukata and obi (kimono belt) from about 30 patterns for free at the front desk. Yamanaka Onsen is famous for an outdoor public bath called "Soyu," so it's recommended that you wander around the different baths in your yukata. The entire facility has free Wi-Fi and there are English speaking staff available.
Depending on the shop or inn, there are places where you can buy the yukata and take it home instead of renting it, so please check that out if you're interested.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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