Kimono rental and photo plans for an immersive Kyoto experience.
One of the best experiences you can have in Kyoto is dressing up in a traditional kimono and wandering (well, shuffling) through the atmospheric streets. It’s an immersive, unique and insightful way to explore the ancient capital — a real only-in-Japan activity.
Kimono Yumeyakata offer the complete transformation experience — from dressing up to tailor-made photo albums — at some of Kyoto’s most famous landmarks, as well as in hidden local spots.
You’ll start with the dressing process at either their main store on Gojo Street, within Kyoto’s former ceramics district, or their brand new location in a gorgeous Meiji-era traditional house in Nakagyo-ku. Take your pick from an extensive collection of original and popular kimono designs, and add in professional hairstyling and makeup either traditional, or something more modern.
The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Kimono Yumeyakata will explain each part of the kimono as they layer the different pieces on. (A heads up: if you’re going for the full costume, there are A LOT of layers.) Once you’re ready, it’s photo time! Indoor or outdoor plans are available, for individuals or groups, men and women. You can even choose your photographer in advance. Wedding photo, family plans and combined city tours are all possible.
Kimono Yumeyakata has two stores in Kyoto: Gojo and their brand new location, Oike Bettei. For detailed information on plans, prices and how to reserve for both, visit the official Kimono Yumeyakata website and the new Oike Bettei page.