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Top 3 Unique Kimono Rental Shops and Experiences in Tokyo

Wearing a kimono when visiting Tokyo may not only be one of the best ways to experience Japan's unique culture, but also the perfect chance to further appreciate all the charming traditional areas that the Japanese capital has to offer. As expected with Tokyo you may get lost in the huge number of options available when it comes to kimono rental, but fret not! In this article, we will introduce the top 3 Tokyo kimono rental experiences (with English-speaking staff), including their prices, tricks to get cheaper rental fees, how to easily book your appointment, and details about their unique services.

Where to Go for a Kimono Rental Experience in Tokyo

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Enjoying the traditional side of Japan is possible even when visiting the modern city of Tokyo. In fact, Tokyo houses many charming traditional nooks that are perfect for exploring while wearing a kimono. Hopping into a kimono rental in Tokyo will allow you not only to feel the grace of the Japanese national dress but also to discover more about the traditions of the capital while taking some truly Japanese photos at its historic landmarks. It's no surprise, then, that the majority of Tokyo's kimono rental shops can be found in the most traditional areas of the city (even if you are sure to find some in modern areas such as Shibuya and Harajuku as well). The record for the highest number of kimono rental shops goes to Asakusa, Tokyo's iconic traditional neighborhood. Thanks to its many historic buildings and old-time-Japan atmosphere, Asakusa is a great place to rent a kimono in Tokyo. If you chose a kimono rental shop in this area you will in fact have easy access to some of Tokyo's most prominent sightseeing spots, such as Tokyo Sky Tree, Senso-ji Temple (Tokyo's most important temple), and many more. For more about what the area has to offer, see our ultimate travel guide of Asakusa. Less crowded but equally beautiful, the Yanesen is another great place for a kimono rental experience in Tokyo. Consisting of three traditional neighborhoods, you will have plenty of choices to enjoy an atmospheric Tokyo full of shrines, temples, and old wooden traditional buildings, ready to be explored while wearing a beautiful kimono. If you want to know more about this retro area of Tokyo and why you should rent your kimono here, check out our 20 picks for where to go in the Yanesen.

What Does the Service at a Kimono Rental Shop in Tokyo Include?

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The basic service of a kimono rental experience in Tokyo usually includes kimono dressing and hairstyling. All the accessories, including bags, shoes, and kimono undergarments, are provided by the shop and included in the price. So, if you are wondering what to wear under a rental kimono, fret not! You just need to show up at the shop and they will have everything prepared for you! The only exception may be in the case that you want to rent a "wagasa" (Japanese traditional umbrella) to spice up your photos, as the majority of kimono rental shops in Tokyo charge a separate but inexpensive fee for it (around 500 yen). Speaking of photos, if you want to be sure to make some great memories out of your kimono-wearing experience, note that many kimono rental shops in Tokyo also offer a photography service by professional photographers. This requires a separate fee but is sure to capture the best moments of your incredible experience. Finally, you may be afraid of not being able to communicate with the staff at the shop, but the three best kimono rental experiences in Tokyo we selected for this article, not only have English-speaking staff that can follow you throughout the experience, but also have English websites or take bookings through Instagram, meaning you won't have to worry about the language barrier. *We suggest always booking in advance, especially during busy periods such as the cherry blossom season.

How Much Is It to Rent a Kimono in Tokyo?

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The cost for a kimono rental in Tokyo depends on the shop, with the price for simpler kimono starting at around 4000 yen. Rental fees also vary depending on the type of kimono, with  more formal kimono renting for higher prices. Thus, "furisode" kimono (long-sleeved kimono used for ceremonies) are the most expensive, while "yukata" (traditional and casual summer garments) are the most budget-friendly. If you want to learn more about the different types of kimono out there, check out our article on 10 Different Types of Kimono for Women. Another point to consider, which may change the final cost, is the number of services included. Some kimono rental experiences, for example, not only provide dressing and hairstyling but also offer lectures on kimono history and culture. Finally, if the rental shop is a specialized one offering specific types of kimono that you can't find anywhere else (such as kawaii-fashion-inspired kimono or vintage kimono) the price will usually be higher. So, where can you rent a cheap kimono in Tokyo and have the best possible experience? Of course, you could just roam the streets of the above-mentioned traditional neighborhoods, compare the prices, and pick the kimono rental shop that suits you the best. Or, you can just keep reading, because we selected (and tried) three top kimono rental services in Tokyo that have great prices, English speaking staff, and unique kimono that will make for an unforgettable experience.

The 3 Best Kimono Rental Shops and Experiences in Tokyo

Itten Kimono Soan: Authentic Vintage Kimono Rental in the Most Vintage Neighborhood of Tokyo

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The author (and one of our editors!) wearing a very vintage kimono outfit, with a Showa meisen kimono (a robust type of resist-dyed silk kimono in fashion during the Taisho and early Showa period) and hakama (a traditional Japanese trouser-skirt that was in fashion at the beginning of the 20th century) from Itten Kimono Soan, a kimono rental in Tokyo.
Itten Kimono Soan is a kimono rental shop located in one of the most vintage areas of Tokyo, the Yanesen. This area is abundant with gorgeous historic buildings, ancient wooden houses, and centuries-old shrines and temples. Inspired by its picturesque surroundings, Itten Kimon Soan not only offers modern kimono rental but also focuses on providing a vast selection of vintage kimono from the Taisho Period (1912-1926) and early Showa Period (1926-1989). With bright colors and funky patterns, vintage kimono are all about the fun! You'll hardly find such unique kimono for rental anywhere else in Tokyo or even in Japan, so be sure not to miss the chance to wear a piece of Japanese history. Itten Kimono Soan's friendly staff will help you go back in time and perfectly blend into the surrounding vintage atmosphere of the Yanesen. If you want to take this vintage experience to the max, select an outfit with kimono and hakama (a traditional Japanese trouser-skirt that was in fashion at the beginning of the 20th century) and ask for their vintage photography experience. The photos made with the collodion process will be printed on glass in black and white, exactly like traditional Japanese glass photos were.
Name Itten Kimono Soan
Opening hours 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closing days every third Monday of the month
Price vintage kimono rental: 5,800 yen vintage kimono and hakama rental: 8,800 yen kimono rental: 4,800 yen yukata rental: 3,800 yen hair styling: 1,000 - 2,000 yen
Address 2-27-8, Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 東京都文京区根津2-27-8 Google Maps
Access 4-minute walk from Nezu Station, 17-minute walk from Nippori Station
Website (Japanese) http://kimono-so-an.com/index.html
Website (English) https://www.instagram.com/110kimonosoan/
Other English-speaking staff

InKimono: Learn about Kimono History and Culture from a Professional Kimono Stylist

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The author wearing a very high-quality hitoe (single-layer kimono for the early summer period) homongi kimono (semi-formal kimono) to celebrate her birthday, from InKimono, a kimono rental experience in Tokyo. Bright colors were chosen to give the idea of "suzushige" (refreshing-to-look-at kimono outfit) and to match the blooming hydrangeas, vintage wagasa was added.
Stasia, a professional street and portrait photographer and certified kimono teacher and stylist, graduated from the top school for kimono dressing in Tokyo and is the mind behind InKimono kimono rental experience. InKimono is no normal kimono rental shop, though, but rather a 360-degree experience of everything about the Japanese traditional dress. Stasia offers personalized styling, using selected items and choosing each kimono outfit based on the customer's style, favorite colors, and any requests they may have. The kimono dressing experience is enriched by the explanations of each step, including the meaning behind each item and detailed information on kimono history and culture. By knowing what you are wearing and its origins, you'll be able to get even closer to Japanese culture. In addition, thanks to Stasia's photography skills, InKimono can also provide high-quality portrait photos, through which you can relive this incredible kimono experience over and over again.
Name InKimono
Opening hours Appointment times are set to 10:30 am (you can change the time to earlier or later by including your appointment time request in the questionnaire, under "other requests", when booking) * Early morning (until 8AM) / weekend / evening photoshoot requests:  +3,000 yen /1 person or  +5,000 yen /2 people
Closing days Irregular (please check the schedule)
Price Individual Kimono Experience: 30,000 yen (it includes: personalized styling, lecture on kimono, dressing with explanation, Asakusa street/shrine location photoshoot, 25~30 edited photos) Yukata Experience: 20,000 yen (it includes: choose a yukata from the collection with advice on styling, dressing with explanation about yukata, Asakusa street/shrine location photoshoot, 18~20 edited photos) Couple / Friends / Family Kimono Experience: 45,000 yen (it includes: personalized styling, lecture on kimono, dressing with explanation, Asakusa street/shrine location photoshoot, 30~35 edited photos) Furisode Kimono Experience: 45,000 yen (it includes: choose a furisode from the collection, styling of obi and others by the teacher according to the customer's style requests, lecture on kimono, dressing with explanation, Asakusa street/shrine location photoshoot, 20~25 edited photos) Hair set: 2,000 yen Makeup by a professional makeup artist: 5,000 yen Indoor shoot (traditional Japanese room in a ryokan in Asakusa): 3,000 yen *To make a booking for more than 2 people (maximum 3), please send an email first
Address 6-42-3, Asakusa, Tait-ku, Tokyo 東京都台東区浅草6-42-3 Google Maps
Access 12-minute walk from Asakusa Station
Website (Japanese) https://www.inkimono.com/ja
Website (English) https://www.inkimono.com/
Other English-speaking staff

Yae Kimono Rental: Wear a Kimono in the Heart of Asakusa

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The author wearing a red modern kimono, winter kimono shawl, and modern wagasa from Yae Kimono Rental in Asakusa. Red was chosen to take wedding photos. Her husband is wearing deep blue kimono and haori (kimono jacket) for men, with a men's white dragon obi and white haori himo (a tie for the kimono jacket).
Located right in the center of Asakusa, only a 6-minute walk from Sensoji Temple and a 4-minute walk from Asakusa Station, no other shop can beat Yae Kimono Rental when it comes to convenience. This kimono rental shop located in the heart of traditional Tokyo offers a great selection of colorful modern kimono of all types. The shop has everything from simple yukata to elegant furisode, both for women and men, with hairstyling included in the rental fee. Yae Kimono Rental makes for a great Tokyo kimono rental experience for couples, thanks to its fast service and budget-friendly prices you won't have to worry to break the bank, and you can save up even more if you decide to enjoy the kimono wearing with a group of friends and make use of the group discount. Pick out and wear your favorite kimono, then head out to explore the neighborhood. Yae Kimono Rental is the perfect starting point if you want to enjoy strolling around Asakusa's historic nooks, try a rickshaw experience, or taste all the yummy sweets and street food available at the shops in Nakamise Shopping Street.
Name Yae Kimono Rental
Opening hours 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Closing days None
Price Women's Regular Package: 5,980 yen Men's Regular Package: 5,680 yen Group Package: 5,280 yen (per person, for a group of 3 or above) Kid's Package: 4,880 yen Furisode Package: 23,000 yen Homongi Package: 19,000 yen Hakama Package: 10,000 yen Next-day return (kimono): 1,500 yen Next day return (furisode/homongi/hakama): 2,500 yen
Address 6F, Quatre Chic Building, 1-16-2, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 東京都台東区浅草1-16-2 Quatre Chic 6階 Google Maps
Access 4-minute walk from Asakusa Station
Website (Japanese) https://yae-japan.com/
Website (English) https://yae-japan.com/en/
Other English-speaking staff

Kimono Rental in Tokyo: Ready to Discover the Charm of Old Japan?

Are you ready to enjoy the beauty of traditional Japan while wearing your kimono rental in Tokyo? Whether you decide to explore Asakusa in kimono, wear a real vintage garment or learn all the details and incredible history of the Japanese traditional dress, you can't go wrong with any of these three great Tokyo kimono rental experiences. Feel the grace of Japanese culture and create great memories of your travel in Japan that you are never going to forget! If you are looking for a great rental kimono shop in Kyoto instead, check out our article about 10 Places in Kyoto to Play Dress Up in Traditional Kimono. If you want to learn more about kimono check out our article on Yukata vs Kimono, The Secret Culture Behind The Japanese National Dress. If you want to give feedback on any of our articles, you have an idea that you'd really like to see come to life, or you just have a question on Japan, hit us up on our FacebookTwitter, or Instagram!

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