Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka!
Gion is one of the hanamachi (geisha district) in Kyoto.
Gion has been successful in retaining the traditional machiya (the townhouses of traditional style) and teahouses where geisha host their guests.
Strolling the picturesque Gion gives you the feeling of being transported back to the old Japanese days of geisha, which is one of the reasons why many tourists from Japan and abroad flock to his small district of Kyoto.
If you stroll around Gion in kimono, you will be guaranteed to have only-in Kyoto “instagrammable moments” that everyone will envy.
This time, I will introduce you to kimono rental places right in the middle of Gion that will make it easy for you to rent and return your kimono conveniently as you tour around Gion!
Local tells Top 5 best Kimono Rental Places in Gion,Kyoto!
1.Kyo Temari/京てまりKyo Temari is a kimono rental shop whose wish is for customers to experience the real kimono.
They have various designs of 100% silk kimono, quality of which will shine through your photos.
They can introduce you to a photographer if you would want a professional photographer capture your moments.
The shop has professionally trained staff who can help you wear kimono so that you will be comfortable.
All of their kimonos are special; there are no duplicated designs in this store.
Despite their quality kimono and services, their one day rental plan is only ¥5,000, which includes rental of accessories such as obi, umbrella, etc.
You can pick what you want to wear from over 300 kinds o kimonos.
The store is located within 3 minutes’ walking distance from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station.
2.Gion Kiharu/祇園きはるLocated in the romantic geisha district of Gion, Kiharu offers rental of elegant kimono for various scenes.
The rental plan ranges between ¥5,300 – ¥16,200 and will depend on the types of kimono you will choose, all of which will be accompanied with one souvenir photo card.
They also have an affordable couple plan for ¥13,400.
The shop also rents for the prenup photo-shoots of the Japanese wedding.
It might be once in a lifetime experience for you to try out the Japanese wedding prenup photo-shoot for the one of the most gorgeous kimonos you will see.
One of their unique characteristics is that they have an in house professional photographer, who can take professional photos with the additional fees.
The store and studio looks almost like a café, so you will sure to have a relaxing time at their store.
Their store is located within a 3 minutes’ waling distance from Gion-shijo station on Keihan line.
3.Yume Kyoto Gion/夢京都 祇園Yume Kyoto Gion is located right next to Yasaka Shrine.
From this shop, you can visit major tourist spots near the shrine and the Gion area conveniently in kimono.
You can choose a rental plan of your choice fitting to your needs, ranging from ¥3,000 to ¥8,000, depending on the type and variations of kimono and accessories to choose from.
They also offer various options of returning your kimono.
You can return it to the shop by 6pm, or with an additional fee you can leave your kimono at the hotel front desk, where the staff will also deliver your luggage they kept for you while you stroll.
Next,let’s go to the Kimono rental shop near Yasaka Shrine!
4.Rental Kimono OKAMOTO Gion Shop/レンタル着物岡本 祇園店Okamoto is one of the long living, esteemed shops in Kyoto established 180 years ago.
It is also one of the first shops that started renting kimono for tourists in Kyoto.
They have 1 head shop and 5 branches all located in strategic tourist spots.
There are two branches located within one minute of Kiyomizu temple.
There are a beautiful machiya (traditional townhouse) style shop overlooking Yasaka shine, and another traditional looking beautiful shop right in front of Kodai-ji temple (Gion branch) are the two closest to Gion area.
Their popularity is understandable considering that their kimono rental set ranges from ¥3,000 to ¥5,000 and comes with an option of returning your kimono the following day without any additional fees.
You can also get your beautiful hair done only for ¥500.
The variety of kimono they can offer is impressive, holding over 1,000 kimonos across their branches.
I am sure you will find the design you will fall in love with.
5.Kyoto Gion-ya/京都祇園屋Gion-ya offers a wide variety of kimono of around 300 kinds, from which you can choose your favorite while consulting your kimono advisor.
They have various unique plans for your rental needs.
The basic plan starts at ¥3,000, and the couple plan is extremely reasonable at ¥5,500, which can give you a perfect date setting for you and your loved one.
Gion-ya has a unique time service of rental kimono at ¥1,800 for a rental after 3pm which will be perfect for those looking for a sunset stroll.
It also offers a unique rental plan that comes along with a nice Kyoto style dinner in Kimono.
Its location is perfect for a scenic stroll as it is close to Minamiza, Hanamikoji, Shirakawa Dori, Kamo river, Yasaka shrine.
The shop is a 3 minutes’ walk from Gion Shijo Station (#6 exit) on Keihan Line.
Top 5 Kimono Rental Places in Gion,Kyoto
- Kyo Temari・・・They have various designs of 100% silk kimono, quality of which will shine through your photos.
- Gion Kiharu・・・Located in the romantic geisha district of Gion, Kiharu offers rental of elegant kimono for various scenes.
- Yume Kyoto Gion・・・Yume Kyoto Gion is located right next to Yasaka Shrine.
- Rental Kimono OKAMOTO・・・Okamoto is one of the long living, esteemed shops in Kyoto established 180 years ago.
- Gion-ya・・・Gion-ya offers a wide variety of kimono of around 300 kinds, from which you can choose your favorite while consulting your kimono adviser.
I hope you’ll enjoy strolling around Gion in kimono!
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