Kimono Experiences

Miyako Odori (Kyoto)

Summary: Also known as the spring geisha dances, this performance is put on four times a day throughout the month of April by the geisha of the Gion district in Kyoto. Visitors can buy tickets online starting in September and have three different price classes to choose from. English language support is available for the book process, and English language programs are available for purchase.

Website: http://www.miyako-odori.jp/

Review: a review by Ready, Set, Kimono can be found here.

 

Jidai Matsuri (Kyoto)

Summary: This festival is held on October 22 every year and features a parade of 2000 people dressed in traditional kimono from various periods in Japanese history. The parade goes from the Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine.

Website: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3960.html

Review: No reviews yet

 

Aoi Matsuri (Kyoto)

Summary: This festival is held annually on May 5 and features a parade of 500 participants dressed in Heian period kimono. The parade starts at the Imperial Palace and ends at the Kamigamo Shirne.

Website: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3948.html

Review: No reviews yet.

 

Gosho Yashiro no Mori Travel Inn (Awa-Shi, Tokushima)

Summary: This ryokan allows you to experience life as a member of the nobility during the Heian period, including dressing in juni hitoe.

Website (Japanese only): http://yashironomori.jp/

Review: no reviews yet.

 

Kyoto Aoi (Kyoto)

Summary: This studio will dress you in maiko or geisha attire and do your hair and makeup for a reasonable price. It’s conveniently located near Kyoto station and they include an option to go outside to a nearby park and take photos.

Website (Japanese only): http://www.kyoto-aoi.com/

Review: A review by Ready, Set, Kimono can be found here.

 

Arashiyama’s Kimono Forest (Kyoto)

Summary: Outside of Arashiyama station, there is a “forest” of 600 illuminated poles filled with yuzen dyed kimono fabric.  This event is best viewed after dark.

Website: http://trip101.com/article/2979/

Review: no reviews yet.

 

Kitsuki (Oita-ken)

Summary: Kitsuki is a small town in Oita Prefecture that has marketed itself as kimono friendly.  Kimono are available to rent every third Sunday of the month, and local attractions are free for those wearing kimono.

Website: http://www.visit-oita.jp/sightseeing/oita_culture/kitsuki.e.html

Review: No reviews yet.

 

Kyoto Kimono Passport (Kyoto)

Summary: This program gives discounts and freebies to those wearing kimono at different places around Kyoto.  The booklet can bee picked up at the Kyoto Prefecture Tourist Information Center, the Kyoto City Tourist Information Center, and the Nishijin Textile Industrial Association.

Website (Japanese only): http://www.kimono-passport.jp/

Review: No reviews yet.

 

Heian Costume Experience Studio (Kyoto)

Summary: This venue, while pricy, will dress you up in your choice of a variety of juu-ni hitoe and other heian style kimono for both men and women.

Website: http://www.junihitoe.net/index.html

Review: No reviews yet.

 

Roman Photography (Tokyo)

Summary: This is not your average kimono rental and photo studio.  This company focuses on Taisho era kimono only.  Reservations are necessary and must be made several months in advance through their Japanese only website (see below)

Website: http://www.roman3.net/

Review: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/03/17/tokyo-retro-kimono-photography-service-provides-customers-with-gorgeous-snapshots-of-the-past/

 

Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin (Naha, Okinawa)

Summary: This studio will dress you up in bingata kimono and take photos with your own camera.

Website: http://en.okinawastory.jp/facility/ryuso-studio-chura-bijin

Review: no reviews yet

 

Nagasaki Haikarasan (Nagasaki, Nagasaki)

Summary: This studio will dress you in simple, polyester kimono and allow you to stroll around the historic district of Dejima.

Website: http://en.haikarasan-ukj.com/index.php?FrontPage

Review: no reviews yet

Is there anything you’d like me to add?  Is any of the information incorrect?  Please send me a message at readysetkimono@gmail.com or through facebook!

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