A kimono is not just a garment; it is the embodiment of Japanese art itself.
During my trip to Tokyo, I got the chance to stroll the streets of Asakusa in a beautiful, traditional kimono courtesy of Kyoto Kimono Rental Wargo. Even though this wasn’t my first kimono experience, it was without a doubt the most unforgettable. (Feel free to check out my previous review for Yume Yakata ≪here≫.)
Kyoto Kimono Rental Wargo
Address: Tokyo-to Taitoh-ku Asakusa 1-41-8 Atelier Building 1F, 2F
Phone Number: 075-600-2830 (common call center)
English Website: https://kyotokimono-rental.com/en/asakusa/asakusa-access/asakusa
What’s special about Wargo is they offer a wide variety of kimonos ranging from the simplest summer yukatas to extravagant antique and Mamechiyo Modern designs. They have quite a few locations all across Japan as well and the one I visited was in Asakusa, Tokyo.
Upon my arrival, I was taken aback by how gorgeous their kimonos were. The shop wasn’t big but the choices were endless. It was rows and rows of vivid colors and lovely fine silks – I simply couldn’t decide!
The kimonos are organized by style and price. There’s definitely something for everyone no matter the budget.
Note that there are also rental options for men and children available.
And of course, to complete the whole look, you get to choose your own obi (belt) and hair ornament.
I asked the staff for recommendation on what style/color would suit me and when they presented this mint kimono, I was in awe!
After you’ve chosen a kimono of your liking, Wargo’s specialists will help you get dressed. A kimono actually consists of quite a few layers of clothing so be sure to wear something comfy underneath. I recommend a tank top and leggings/cotton shorties. If you intend on renting a light-colored kimono, stay away from wearing dark clothes underneath as the colors may peek through.
Here is a more detailed description of everything you need to know about the rental process: ≪here≫.
After checking in for your appointment, you are left to pick your own garment – which I really enjoyed. I was able to browse freely and didn’t feel pressured or rushed. When I couldn’t make my choice, I then asked for suggestions and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. I somehow ended up practicing my Japanese the whole time, but they do speak English, Chinese, and Cantonese.
The dressing service is definitely very professional. One thing I would like to highlight is the amount of care and attention they put into dressing you and creating the perfect obi bow in the back. Like I said, I’ve rented a kimono before in Kyoto and because I couldn’t see my back when I got dressed, I later saw in my photos that some sections were quite wrinkled and bulky. At Wargo, I didn’t have this issue at all. Everything was in place and very flat, very smooth. There were quite a few knots tied to keep all the layers together but overall they didn’t cause any discomfort at all.
I did get my hair done as well and the hairstylist pinned my hair in place within seconds! They have a couple standard hairstyles, which are super cute, but if you’d like to bring in your own picture and show them, they do that too. Another thing I love is that they provide kanzashi (hair ornaments) free of charge. Last time I rented a kimono, I had to actually purchase the kanzashi, and let me tell you, they were all very, very expensive! Wargo is great in that sense that you get to save a few bucks and their ornaments are absolutely exquisite not to mention there is a wide range of selection to choose from. Almost forgot, socks, geta sandals, and purse accessories are all also included in the rental prices!
I would say the whole process took about an hour. 20-30 minutes for getting dressed and getting my hair done and the rest of the time I was really just struggling with which kimono to pick.
I had the pleasure of working with Wargo and yes, this is a sponsored post BUT all opinions are of my own and I do recommend Wargo to those who would like to experience strolling down Tokyo in a kimono. As I was in Asakusa, several obachans complimented me on my kimono and I was approached by tourists who thought I was a local and asked if they could take pictures with me. Awesome range of selection, fantastic service, and overall just a great value. If you’d like to capture your special memories, they also offer professional photo shoot packages.
In addition to their cute kimonos, they have a section in the store for umbrellas. These are inspired by kimono prints and come in portable, foldable forms as well as full-size lengths. They are fairly priced and make for a perfect omiyage (souvenir)!
If you plan on visiting Japan and would like an authentic kimono experience, be sure to give Wargo a try. You definitely won’t regret it!
Feel free to check out my Japan vlog for more footage on this wonderful rental experience and I’ll see you in the next post!