Okamoto Kimono Rental Gion Shop has a good selection of kimonos and hair ornaments
This kimono rental shop is located close to Maruyama Park and Kodai-ji Temple, and it’s a bit special: once you go in through the gates of the shop, you find yourself in a beautiful Japanese garden, and even the path you’re standing on is pebbled. There are many different kinds of kimonos for you to rent inside the shop, of many colors and patterns, and it’s easy to spend quite some time choosing your kimono for the day. They of course also have many obi sashes for you to choose, so you can be sure that your obi is going to go well with your kimono. So, wear a kimono, and go out into the geisha district of Kyoto, Gion! They have many different sizes at Okamoto Kimono Rental Gion Shop, so you can be sure they’ll have your size.
Many types of kimonos
At Okamoto they have over 1000 kimonos for you to choose from, from traditional to modern ones. There’s sure to be something for everyone, and because you also get to choose the way in which your sash is tied you can be sure your kimono experience is one of a kind.
Six types of hairstyles to go with kimonos
There are six basic hairstyles, from braded to new and fashionable ones. You get a professional do your hair, so in a moment you’re transformed, and are ready to go. They also have extra hairstyles for you to choose for the price of 500 yen, but with this you also get to choose as many hair accessories as you want. If you just want a hair accessory, you have to pay 300 yen.
Get a pro help you put on the kimono
Putting on a kimono is difficult; you start with the white underclothes, and then start putting on the kimono, layer by layer. And the kimono has to be tightened quite tight so that it doesn’t unravel, so at first the kimono may feel a bit uncomfortable. But once you head out in your kimono and Japanese sandals, the good posture the kimono forces you to be in will make you feel quite elegant.
Walk on the streets and alleys of Kyoto
Once you get your kimono, obi, and hair ornaments on, it’s time to head out into the traditional parts of Kyoto and to the temples and shrines. You could also buy some snacks from the food stalls! The four seasons of Kyoto make for great photo-ops no matter the season.