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- have many kind kimonos, and many colors and include with hair and make up. have a good property and easy to got this placeWritten April 21, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- There are many kimono hires in Kyoto area, but I found this to be one of the cheaper ones.
The ladies at the place were very efficient and quick with dressing and undressing us! They took their time in choosing what kimonos would suit us and could match with our spouses! Despite the language barrier they were extremely forecoming and friendly. They did speak a little bit of English, and fluent Mandarin.
It is a little hard to find as it is on the 3rd floor of a back shop (you have to find the tucked in elevator) but was constantly communicating with us via FB messenger which was all good.
In the end they gave us a significant discount and offered to do our make ups and hair for free (just a hair accessory rental for some of us) plus earlier deductions.
I would definitely come back for this cultural experience and recommend REI to everyone!
- for guys make sure you loosen your kimono a bit as the men in our group were walking like penguins the entire day
- in winter make sure you wear thermals, it is still fine without but for those not used to the cold extra precaution is good
- the sandals are quite painful and dont offer much support! So plan to not do a whole lot of walking in them and visit nearby shrines as they are literally just pieces of wood with cloth!Written February 14, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Hachimitsu kimono rental offers a few different options, firstly you choose whether you want a basic, premium or "princess" kimono - the differences are the price and the patterns/ materials of the kimono. After you've chosen what colour scheme you want to go with, they fit you with the kimono and then you can choose what bag you want to take with you. For an extra 1500 yen, they will style your hair and you have the option of hair accessories (extra again).
It was a nice clean studio they work in, quite a few different patterns of kimono to choose from although I wouldn't say it was extensive. The men's range was minimal. All in all it was a fun experience and would recommend for all.Written May 6, 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Booked online just before arriving around 2:30pm. We booked the couple package which came to just over ¥7000 (online offer).
Location: 5 minute walk from Gion Shijo station.
Arrival: No greeting and none of the typical friendly, polite welcome we have come to expect since arriving in Japan. As nobody acknowledged us, we stepped inside to get attention but got yelled at as we were wearing shoes (did not see the signage on the floor). When I informed them that I have a reservation, the staff said “show me confirmation email” in a blunt and demanding tone. After she was satisfied, she pointed at the kimonos rack and said “choose kimono”.
Kimono selection: Standard selection of basic floral printed kimono. No assistance or advice was given. We were on our own completely.
Kimono wearing: One of the general staff assisted my boyfriend to put on his kimono. I was shown to a large fitting room with another 2 female customers being dressed. I had to wait for around 25 minutes until the professional kimono dresser lady was available to fit my kimono.
However the dresser process itself actually took no more than 20 minutes.
Hair styling service (optional extra charge): I was give 8 hairstyle images menu to choose from. I chose a double plaid chignon which was done in about 10 mins.
Lastly, you choose one small handbag and shoes. Both my boyfriend and I were happy with our new look.
Kimono return: Return time was 6:30pm but we went back at 5pm as we were freezing (8 degrees). No assistance is required to take off the kimono. I had rented a external battery to charge my iPhone. The rude staff asked me to give back the battery when I returned the kimono.
As my phone was not fully charged, I asked to keep the battery but the staff was rude and tried to detach it from my phone!! I said I’ll charge it till the battery reaches 80%. Then she asked very impolitely “SO WHAT TIME YOU GIVE BACK? WHEN?” I was not happy with her tone of voice so I pointed out that my official rental return time was 6:30pm, I came back early only because I was cold outside but I could have stayed out till 6:30pm. She turned and walked away.
This was a pity as the entire experience was good overall, though the staff seemed fed up, indifferent and lacked passion in serving customers. My boyfriend reported afterwards that the same particular rude staff actually physically pushed him and grabbed the kimono from him when he was returning it. Completely unnecessary.
I would hesitate to recommend this shop due to the rude service we experienced which I have never once experienced during all the times I have traveled to Japan. I didn’t think a Japanese person was capable of behaving in such an appalling and impolite manner.
Compliments to the more mature ladies who although didn’t speak much English, they were kind and made the dressing experience an enjoyable one.Written March 2, 2018
- Dint get to book the kimono rental but still get into the shop to have a look. luckily that there's still some stocks. not sure about other rental shop, but I found out the costumes for mens are quite expensive.Written March 27, 2017
- My first time renting and wearing a kimono, and I was super nervous. But the ladies really helped us a lot. Great selection of kimono and packages to choose from!Written June 17, 2017
There are so many Yukata (Kimono for summer) and hard to choose one. Especially ladies Yukata. Very colorful and many prints.
For men, there are many different sizes of Yukata but if you are very tall maybe you will choose 4L ~ 5L, there are not so many Yukata.
Of course there are Yukata for children ( but I do not use this plan and I do not quite well)
Hair arrangement (easy arrangement ) for ladies is free. But if you want to more stylish arrangement, you can pay for it.
Unfortunately hair set for men is not aveirable.
It was really great experience to wear Yukata and see around Kyoto. You can have great experience wearing Japanese traditional costume in old city Kyoto.
Staffs speak simple English. I speak Japanese, but the reception staffs are always busy, sometimes I need to ask same questions again.
This place is hard to find, but this building has stake restaurant at first floor. You will find it, the place is 3rd floor.Written August 28, 2018