I think there are a lot of foreigners that want to try on a kimono when you visit Japan. There are many different types and colors when it comes to the beautiful and elegant Japanese kimonos. Get some help to put on a kimono and let's walk around Asakusa.
1. Let's Rent a Kimono.
First, let's try to rent a kimono. When you wear a kimono, there are many small accessories that you need to wear, such as a matching obi (belt) and zori (sandals), hadajuban, or a type of underwear you use with a kimono, nagajuban, or the piece of clothing you wear on top of the hadajuban, and many others. It is difficult to wear a kimono correctly and beautifully, but the rental shop will provide assistance to help you wear it, and will also lend you the underwear and small accessories, so you don't have to worry so much. Here, we will introduce 2 shops that we recommend to you.
Rental shop 1: Rental Kimono Kosode, Asakusa Branch
Kosode' is at an ideal location, 30 seconds walk from Asakusa Station. They offer various plans that would make any visitor feel happy, such as the "Strolling Around Asakusa Plan" (price starts from 4,000 JPY) (Not only kimono but a set that comes with bags and sandals), "Photoshoot Plan" and "Rickshaw Plan". Also, there are stores that will hold onto your belongings for a while. You can make an inquiry by phone using English, so it is convenient for visitors as well.
* The price of the "Strolling Around Asakusa Plan "changes according to the season
* The picture is an image of the kimono.
Rental shop 2: Asakusa Shichi-Henge
Asakusa Shichi-Henge' is located at the Hanayashiki Dori (street), Asakusa, the downtown that has a view of the Skytree. At this store, they provide not only kimono renting and wearing courses, but also a course to walk around Asakusa with your face painted white, with a wig to look like geisha or a Japanese princess of the olden days, "Strolling Around Like a Geisha/Princess Course" (1 day rental: from 21,600 JPY (including tax)). So, how about turning into a geisha or a princess and walk around Asakusa?
*"Strolling Around Like a Geisha/Princess Course" is not offered in June and September
* The picture is an image of the kimono
2. After Visiting the Sensoji Temple, Walk Along the Nakamise Street and Enjoy the Food
Let's go walking around Asakusa after you are dressed in a kimono! The most classic place for you to go, if you're in Asakusa is the sensoji Temple. First let's go visit Sensoji Temple which is famous with it is Kaminarimon. After that, it is best for you to go to Nakamise Street. Nakamise Street, which continues from Sensoji's Kaminarimon and stretches 250 m, is the Japan's oldest shopping street, and is lined with Japanese sweets store as well as variety stores. It is fun to walk around while enjoying a Manju (bun with red bean filling), or senbei (rice cracker)!
3. Let's ride on a rickshaw
Riding the rickshaw is highly recommended since you've come all the way to Asakusa. It is very tiring to walk wearing a kimono and sandals. And if you're not used to it, it is going to be hard to walk, and it could hurt your feet as well. In such times, you should ride a rickshaw and go around Asakusa. You can find a lot of shafu (rickshaw puller) nearby the Kaminarimon, so please do approach them. Riding a rickshaw while wearing a kimono is something you can only experience in Japan. So it should become a good memory of your trip.
4. Other Recommended Spots
We will introduce other spot that you visit apart from the ones we have already introduced. Please do go to these places as well.
sensoji 5-storey Pagoda
The '5-storey Pagoda' with it 5 layers of its roof can be seen while visiting Sensoji. It was built originally in the year 942, but it was burnt down in an air raid during the World War II, so the current pagoda is the one that was re-built after the war. It is a spot you must visit when you go sightseeing Asakusa.
Hoppy Street' is a food street that is lined with red lanterns, located at sensoji's west side compound. Also known as the Nikomi Street, due to the fact there's a lot of shops that sell Motsu-ni (a name for a dish that braises the internal organs of animal such as cow, pig, chicken, horse, etc.) lines up the street. It may be a little bit difficult to eat wearing your kimono, but walking down a street that has restaurants that still feels like the olden days should be fun as well.
Taking a picture of the Skytree on the Azumabashi Bridge.
After getting a taste of Tokyo's downtown, let's move to the Azumabashi Bridge that goes across the Sumidagawa River. The water bus that departs and arrives at the foot of the Azumabashi Bridge is the best place to take a picture of the Skytree. If you take a picture of you kimono-wearing self with Skytree in the background, it will make a definitely make a good commemorative picture of your trip.
So, how did you enjoy it? Please do walk around Asakusa wearing a beautiful Kimono, while learning the history of a Japanese downtown.
*Please note that the prices and other information in the article may not be the most up-to-date information