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Tips for Kimono Dress-up Experience in Japan

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Why don’t you experience Kimono dress-up by yourself while you visit Japan?

This is a guide for you to solve some questions about Kimono Dress-up and to choose the best plan from so many options!


[1] Ways to experience Kimono in Japan

(1-1) 3major spots to experience Kimono

(1-2) different types of Kimono

[2] Menu / What to do wearing Kimono ?

(2-1) studio photo

(2-2) only dress-up / walk around the streets

(2-3) outside photo and rickshaw

[4] Preparation for Kimono Trial

(4-1) Reserve in advance or Drop-in

(4-2) How to make a reservation

(4-3) book via Tabiplusone!

[5] Notices / Opinions from customers

(5-1) positive

(5-2) negative


[1] Ways to experience Kimono in Japan

(1-1) 3major spots to experience Kimono

For travelers who are wondering where to try Kimono,
I would like to recommend 3 major spots in Japan.

< keyword > historical / traditional / temples / number of Kimono shops

If you’re visiting these areas, you can’t leave Japan without wearing Kimono …!

kimono spot

    • KYOTO

Kyoto is, you know, the former capital of Japan until the Meiji Period. Kyoto is too famous for its traditional shrines/temples, streets, food culture, and so on… but it’s also popular as the “Mecca” of Kimono dress-up experience in Japan! There are so many shops offering Kimono dress-up service for tourists all around the city of Kyoto. You’ll find many people wearing Kimono when you walk around; someone may be on the way for their work, but many others are enjoying sightseeing. It’s because they feel that Kimono can look much better with the “Japanese” view!



Asakusa is an area in Tokyo which is traditionally called “Shita-machi” (means “low city” geografically). Shita-machi area has been prospered since the Tokugawa Shogunate settled its government in Edo (present Tokyo) in the 17th century, even after the area was burned by War fire. Now Tokyo is known as modern, highly-developed city represented by high buildings and towers, but Asakusa has a totally different atmonphere. Shopping streets and stalls are always crowded with number of tourists, and there are some historical temples and buildings around Asakusa! By putting Kimono on, you can feel like a town-girl of Edo!



Kamakura is a city where the Japan’s first Shogunate by Samurai was settled in the end of 12th century. Surrounded by mountains and the ocean, Kamakura had kept its position as an important strategic base for centuries. Also, Kamakura was a center of religion/belief among Japanese people, so still now, many Buddhist temples exist in Kamakura. Some of those temples are so popular as best places to enjoy seasonal flowers and plants. The location is only 1hour away from central Tokyo, so it’s a good option to go for an excursion if you’re visiting Tokyo!


(1-2) Different types of “Kimono”

When you hear the word “Kimono”, what/how do you imagine that?

In fact, the word “Kimono” includes many types of Japanese traditional clothes.

So, to make sure what each “Kimono” is like, I’ll pick up 4 most popular “Kimono” for tourists who are not so familiar with it !

① Geisha / Oiran

“Geisha” or “Oiran” is a woman who is categorized by sexy, gorgeous dress and make-up.

For foreign tourists, Geisha may be easiest to imagine.

Recommended for people who like to be gorgeous …!!!


② Maiko

“Maiko” is a name of traditional working women in places like Kyoto, especially high class restaurants. Maiko are basically young girls, and their task is “OMOTENASHI” by singing, dancing in front of guests.

The features of “Maiko-san” are, white-painted skin, red-rouged lip, and Japanese-style wig covering their full-head.

Maiko and Geisha/Oiran are thought to be similar, but if you think of Geisha as sexy and adult, Maiko should be kind of pretty<33


③ Yukata

Yukata is a type of Kimono, mainly worn in the summer: Yukata’s texture is thin/light, and Yukata doesn’t need layer of underwear, so you can enjoy Japanese Kimono casually!

Also it’s easy to wear by yourself, so once you get to know how to wear it, you can transform into Kimono girl anytime!


④ semi-formal ‘Kimono’ / ‘Furisode’

This is the most basic type of Kimono.

Japan has a tradition to select a suitable Kimono according to the own condition of single/married, or TPO (time, place, occasion). Semi-formal Kimono is called ‘Houmon-gi’ (cloth for visitting someone) mainly for married women. Also, a type of Kimono called ‘Furisode’, is basically for young ladies who have not married yet, and of which form is unique with its long hanging sleeve.

If you try Kimono, most Kimono shops offer plans that you can choose from ‘Houmon-gi’ and ‘Furisode’ whichever you prefer! Also, you can customize your Kimono dressing style by choosing ‘Obi’ (belt) and ‘Obi-himo'(webbing strap) of your favorite colors !




 [2]Menu / What to do wearing Kimono?

(2-1) Studio Photo

cost  ★★★☆☆

With this plan, after you get dressed in Kimono, you can take high-quiality studio photo by professional photographer.

Geisha/Maiko dress-up plans often include studio photo,

but even if you choose Yukata/the ‘Kimono’ plan, you can still add an option of studio photo with some extra fee.

Taking photo will definitely help to keep your memory of this precious experience!

Average cost is ¥7,000-¥10,000!


(2-2) Rental Only/ walking around streets

cost  ★☆☆☆☆

If you want to experience Kimono with cheap price, you should take Kimono Rental Plan!

It includes only Kimono rental & hair set price, but make-up is excluded, so you need to make-up your face in advance. But you can still choose your favorite hair style from some options.

After you get all dressed in Kimono, you can go outside and stroll around streets!

You will attract people’s eye with your beautiful Japanese look !!

Average cost is under ¥5,000 !!!


(2-3) Outside Photo and Rickshaw

cost ★★★★★

If you want to enjoy this “only-in-Japan” experience fully, it’s the best way to choose deluxe plan : including Kimono dress-up, inside/outside photo, and rickshaw ride !!

It seems expensive, but if you join it, you will find it’s worth paying such amount of money.  The rickshaw drawer will guide you to the best photo locations and give you some explanation about historical, cultural background of the places. You will get really familiar with Japanese culture thanks to all of these experience!

Average cost is from ¥20,000 ~~!!


[3] Preparation for Kimono Trial

(4-1) Reserve in advance or Drop-in??

Now, you may have a clear image of which Kimono plan you should choose. But some tourists still have a question whether they need to make a reservation or just drop in the store at the date.


In cnclusion, it’s better to make a reservation in advance, if you have the settled schedule already.

This is because, especially on the weekends and holidays, there can be no vacancy with full reservation.

But, drop-in is also a good choice for you as long as the shop can accept your Kimono trial at the time!


(4-2) How to make a reservation


To make a reservation through website is the easiest way for you who are planing to go to Japan  but not traveling yet. Some websites have introduced online payment, so you can get the confirmation of your reservation in advance!


For tourists who are already in Japan, to contact the Kimono shop directly by phone call is certain way to confirm your booking.

But this option is only available for people who can understand Japanese language, or at least English.

③Ask someone

If you feel anxious for those preparation methods, you can ask somebody else to make a reservation for you; like hotel staff, tourist information center. They can give you detail infomation of your Kimono experience, such as access to the shop, what you need to bring, so it would be a great help for you !


(4-3) Your choice is here in 【Tabiplusone】!

Our website 【Tabiplusone】 offers many options to try Kimono in Japan for you.

Let’s check it out and find your favorite, best plan !

Kimono Experience / Tabiplusone 


[5] Notifications / Opinion from customers

(5-1) Positive

■ It was such a great experience to wear Kimono!

■ Japanese Kimono is the most beautiful, gorgeous, luxury traditional clothes in the world, I believe!

■ Japanese professionals give their message by putting some flowers, patterns, on cloth. It is expressing how deep Japanese culture is. Amazing experience!

(5-2) Negative

■ When I went for Kimono trial plan, there was no staff in the shop who can speak foreign languages, even English. We needed some advise from staffs to choose Kimono and Obi, but no one helped us…

⇒ That was so bad for you. But shops are just trying to increase the number of bilingual/multilingual staffs, to fit the needs of foreign tourists!

■ I got my body wrapped sooooooo tightly! Also Kimono was so heavy that I got pain all over my body.

⇒ This is what Kimono is like. Kimono’s material is originally luxury, and it requires some layers of underwears. Ting straps so tightly is also a essential way to avoid Kimono’s worn-out and keep its beautiful style.

if you hate heavy, tight feeling of Kimono, the best choice for you is to choose Yukata in summer!



Thank you for reading.


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