Arashiyama in Kyoto is one of the most popular destinations for scenic streets, beautiful sightseeing spots, and quaint atmosphere. Just a short train ride from central Kyoto, the area has many places for a great photo opportunity like the Togetsukyo Bridge that crosses the Katsura River, a wide river running through the area which are particularly beautiful during the fall when it explodes in all imaginable shades of green, yellow and red. And the bamboo grove in the western Arashiyama which has been referred to as one of the most beautiful groves on the planet is a spot not to be missed. Like so, visitors can easily spend a day just strolling around and a classic way to experience Arashiyama and capture memorable photos at the same time is to dress up in kimono. Here are 7 reasonably priced rental kimono shops in Arashiyama for you to consider.
Kimono Rental Kyoetsu
Located near the Kimono Forest, a collection of gorgeous cylinder-shaped pillars framing the lane way to Randen tram Arashiyama station, this Kimono Rental Kyoetsu shop has up to 2000yen discounts if pre reserved and other discounts like students etc. Starting from 2000yen per package, the shop offers affordable set prices as well as a large collection of kimonos to choose from.
Rikawafuku Arashiyama offers the cheapest rental kimono plans in Arashiyama area starting with as little as 2,500yen. There are over 200 kimonos and yukatas to choose from, and customers can enjoy all of them for the same price. The last entry is at 15:30 pm and with or without reservation, customers can drop by at the shop so there is no worry if visiting Arashiyama on a whim.
At Yume Kyoto Togetsukyo Bashi branch, customers can choose from more than 200 luxurious and stylish kimonos. Groups of up to 50 people can be accommodated at once, so some students on graduation trips or school trips casually come by on a whim. There is no worry if customers can’t return to the shop on time as the rented kimonos can be returned at the front desk of the hotel where you are staying. There is another of the same shop which is 5 minutes walk from Randen Arashiyama station which offer similar plans too.
At Kyolan Arashiyama branch store, customers can enjoy a variety of kimonos and yukatas, including not only standard kimonos but also furisode (formal kimono with long length of sleeves) and houmongi (formal/high class kimono worn on formal visits, like wedding parties).
The 2,880 yen Set Plan (excluding tax) is recommended for first-time customers. The plan includes a kimono, obi belt, tabi (socks), zori(sandal), and kinchaku bag. There are plenty of other plans to choose from. Kimonos and yukatas for children are also available so coming here with a family is a plus.
At Studio Kokoro, customers can not only rent a kimono, but also experience being a maiko or an oiran.
The basic Irodori Plan set of 5,500 yen (excluding tax) consists of a kimono, obi belt, tabi socks, geta (sandals). Adding extra cash for hair styling and a photoshoot is a plus. It might be a bit pricey, but the maiko and oiran plan which cost a minimum of 11,000yen is something to consider as it's one of a kind experience only available at this shop in Arashiyama to dress up as one and stroll around the bamboo grove and Kimono Forest to take photos.
Wakamurasaki is conveniently located just a five-minute walk from both Randen Arashiyama Station and JR Saga Arashiyama Station.
The "Standard Plan" of 3000 yen (excluding tax), which includes a kimono, obi belt, tabi(socks), sandals, and bag, is only 1900 yen (excluding tax) if you make a reservation and would be a great way to save your budget.
The "Brand Plan" of 5,000 yen (excluding tax) is recommended to customers who want to enjoy a unique look with a colored collar and obijime belt. There are other set plans that offer unique rare kimonos available only at this store too.
Zyupan is located five minutes from JR Saga Arashiyama Station and a seven-minute walk from Randen Arashiyama Station. The return time is 6:30 p.m., which is a little later than other rental kimono stores in Arashiyama. Need a prior reservation to rent a kimono/yukata at this store. Reservation is available until 19pm.
The cheapest set starts from 3000yen (excluding tax) which includes a kimono, obi belt, white collar, tabi socks, sandals, and a bag. For those who want to experience the store's special obi knotting, the "Women's General Course'' (5,000 yen excluding tax) is recommended. This is a gorgeous full set plan with a choice of a retro-style obi belt.