Where to Rent a Kimono or Yukata in Hiroshima

ByJustin Hanus
May 29, 2024

Where to Rent a Kimono or Yukata in Hiroshima

Traditional Japanese garments are beautiful and quite unlike the clothing from anywhere else in the world. You may like to have the experience of wearing the national dress, such as to attend a cultural event or for a photo shoot.

One option to wear is a kimono, which is what Japanese people use just for special occasions, such as weddings, funerals, and tea ceremonies. It is a wrapped garment that comes in various styles and fabrics. Wearers choose an appropriate kimono according to their gender, age, and marital status as well as the formality and type of event.

The other option is a yukata. This is an informal version of the kimono. It is less expensive and suitable for more casual events, such as summer festivals and visiting ryokan, especially after using the bathhouse — the name “yukata” actually translates to “bathing cloth.”

To avoid needing to purchase a kimono or yukata just to have the experience of wearing one, you may like to consider renting one. You have several options in Hiroshima.

1. Cross Hiroshima Kimono Rental and Photo Studio

If you just want to rent a kimono for the chance to wear one, you may also like to pair it with a professional photo shoot. Cross Hiroshima Kimono Rental and Photo Studio gives you access to some luxury kimonos. The staff will help you pick the right choice for you and will take photos of you in a professional studio.

Where: 1-3-4 Matobacho, Minami Ward (map)
Open Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, Thursday, and Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and holidays

Website: crosscostume.com

2. Japan Kimonos

For a half-day experience wearing a kimono or yukata (summer only), take a tour with Japan Kimonos. This activity gives you the chance to enjoy Miyajima in a traditional outfit. You’ll receive the kimono or yukata plus an obi belt, a bag, and accessories. A professional will help you select and put on the garment. There’s also the option to have your hair styled. After you’re dressed, you’ll spend up to four hours walking around Miyajima, where you’ll visit a temple and other sites in the town.

Where: Omotesando Street, 2F, 593, Miyajima, Hatsukaichi (map)

Open Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday to Wednesday

Website: japankimonos.com/

3. BENI Kimono Rental

For even longer wearing a traditional outfit, head to BENI Kimono Rental for a yukata for the Tokasan Festival in June. You’ll also have your hair styled. You have the option to return yukata by 8:00 p.m. or to keep it overnight for an extra fee. In addition to clothing for the festival, the rental store offers yukatas and kimonos during the rest of the year for other occasions.

Where: 1-4-18 Otemachi, Naka Ward (map)

Open Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day

Website: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064071097244

Services to rent a kimono or yukata have become more common as wearing these garments becomes more popular with tourists. If you have a special event, it’s worth renting a kimono, whereas a yukata may be ideal for a summer festival.

Basile Morin, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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