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[Tokyo – Asakusa] Top 5 Kimono Rental Stores in Asakusa to Get in Touch with Japanese Culture
There are surely some of you out there wondering which kimono rental store to visit, or others who want to experience Japanese culture but are not quite sure how to do so. This article introduces you to 5 of the top Asakusa kimono rental stores that are easy for foreign visitors to Japan to enter. Enjoy getting closer to Japanese culture in a beautiful and colorful kimono!
The Correct Posture and Etiquette to Have You Looking Your Best in a Kimono
In order to look your most beautiful in a kimono, it is important to pay attention to the little things. The kimono covers many different parts of the body as well as the wrists and the ankles. For this reason, small gestures and movements can completely change how one looks in a kimono.
For example, if you are holding a bag or an umbrella, try to keep your fingers lined up together. Even this small gesture can change your appearance. Straighten your back and slightly lower your jaw. These are other ways to have you looking radiant.
When taking a picture, it is best not to look directly at the lens, but instead have it taken at an angle. If you are standing, angle the left side of your body towards the camera with the top of your left foot drawn slightly inwards. If you are sitting down, it is best to sit on a low bench in an elevated position, with your shoulders sloping down towards the ground. If you do this, your legs will look longer. If you wear a kimono with a pleasant design on the skirt, you will look even better.
Top 5 Kimono Rental Stores in Asakusa
Here are 5 top picks of the best kimono rental stores located in Asakusa that are easy for tourists from overseas to visit.
1. Rika-Wafuku - the Perfect Choice for Overseas Visitors Looking to Wear a Kimono
If you are looking to take a picture in a kimono at Senso-ji Temple, then this is the place to go. It is located just 3-minute walk from the temple, so even if you are not used to walking in a kimono you will easily be able to get the picture you are looking for. Moreover, as there are Chinese and English speakers on staff, you don't have to worry if you can't speak Japanese. As there are a range of colors and styles on offer, you can enjoy picking out your favorite combination of belt and kimono.
・Price: 2,980 JPY (excl. tax) and up
・Getting there: An 8-minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
(Leave the station via Exit 7 and turn left. Exit the building and proceed right on Umamichi St., where you will see a Starbucks. Proceed straight for 7 minutes and you will see Rika-Wafuku on the left.)
2. Komomo - The Asakusa Kimono Rental Store Offering Service in 74 Languages!
No matter where you are visiting from, you are assured of great service at Komomo, a kimono rental service where 40% of customers originally come from overseas. The store uses a machine translation tool known as Poke-talk, which supports 74 languages, so you can be sure that you will be understood. The location couldn't be better as it lies just 2-minute walk from the Kaminarimon Gate to Senso-ji Temple, ensuring its popularity.
・Price: 4,000 JPY (incl. tax) and up
・Location: Next to Exit A4 at Asakusa Station (If you take Exit A4 and look to your left, you will immediately see a vertical banner with "浅草着物レンタル小桃" (Asakusa Kimono Rental Komomo) written on it. The store is located on the second floor of the building.)
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3. Asakusa Aiwafuku - A kimono wearing experience at a cheap price
The website of Asakusa Aiwafuku states that that it offers services is six languages - Chinese, English, Korean, Indonesian, Thai and Japanese - showing that it is developing its offering for overseas visitors to Japan. There are three branches of this rental chain in Asakusa offering different experiences to the consumer. In branch number 1, you have the chance to wear helmets and armor. In the second branch you can avail of an on-site photo booth to enjoy taking pictures, while branch number 3 is exclusively reserved for female patrons, meaning that you can pick the particular store that meets your needs.
・Price: 3,800 JPY (incl. tax) and up per person (Book online)
・Getting there: Branch 1 is located a 4-minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. Take Exit 7 and proceed left. To get to branches 2 and 3, take Exit 5 and proceed right for 2 minutes on foot.
4. Daikichi - The Cheapest Kimono Rentals in Asakusa
If you want to get your rentals at the cheapest possible price, then you can't do better than Daikichi. You can rent your kimono for 1,880 JPY for an entire day, the best price in Asakusa! The service is also great, with staff available to assist you with putting the garment on, as well as a studio space featuring katana (Japanese sword) and trinkets to experiment with. There are Chinese and English speakers on staff, so there is no need to worry if you cannot speak Japanese. Another point in its favor is its location, just a 1 minute walk from Senso-ji Temple.
・Price: 1,880 JPY (excl. tax) and up
・Getting there: 1 minute walk from Asakusa Station (regardless of the line taken) (Take a left after leaving the station via Exit 7. Cross over the road at the traffic lights in front of you on Umamichi Street and then continue right. Once you have walked for about 30 meters, turn onto the small side street on your left. Daikichi is found on the 6th floor of the building on the left hand side of the street.
5. VASARA - The chance to wear the best brands
If you are looking to wear the finest in kimono designs, then look no further than VASARA. At the Asakusa Kaminarimon branch you will be able to avail of a high-tech and dramatic photography session with a professional advertising photographer. Moreover, they also offer other plans such as tea ceremony experiences, so you can experience other forms of traditional Japanese culture in tandem with your kimono wearing experience. VASARA has four other branches in Asakusa as well as their Asakusa Kaminarimon Store, a testament to the level of support that they are receiving from the public.
・Price: 3,900 JPY (excl. tax) and up
If you book online the price drops to 2,900 JPY (excl. tax)
*This price is for yukata rentals.
・Getting there: A 3-minute walk from Exit 1 of Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (Proceed right having exited the station via Exit 1. At the crossroads with the McDonalds restaurant, turn left. Continue straight on through Nakamise Street and proceed for one further block where you will come to a small shopping street in which you will find the Asakusa Kaminarimon branch of VASARA.)
*Image is for illustrative purposes.
If you manage to get a picture in a Japanese kimono, a core aspect of traditional Japanese culture, it is sure to become a precious memory of your trip to Japan. There are so many sights and experiences to enjoy in your kimono in Asakusa, such as Kaminarimon, Senso-ji Temple, the souvenir-packed Nakamise Street, and the many rickshaws. So why not make some good memories of your trip by trying on a kimono in Asakusa?
*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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