Kimono Rental in Tokyo ❥ The Ultimate Kimono Experience with Kimono Rental Wargo

Kyoto Kimono Rental Wargo

Japan, unlike any country you have or will ever visit, has one of the world’s most unique and intriguing customs and traditions. The best way in which you can learn more about its fascinating history and become fully immersed in its culture is to experience wearing a kimono. After all, a kimono is not just a garment; it is the embodiment of Japanese art itself. So, if you’re looking for the best kimono rental in Tokyo, look no further than Kyoto Kimono Rental Wargo as they have the ultimate kimono rental in Asakusa.

Looking for where to rent a kimono in Tokyo for your upcoming trip? Book an appointment with this number one kimono rental in Tokyo!
Looking for where to rent a kimono in Tokyo for your upcoming trip? Book an appointment with this number one kimono rental in Tokyo!

Kyoto Kimono Rental Wargo

Kyoto Kimono Rental Wargo

Address: Tokyo-to Taitoh-ku Asakusa 1-41-8 Atelier Building 1F, 2F
Phone Number: 075-600-2830
English Website: https://kyotokimono-rental.com/en/asakusa/asakusa-access/asakusa

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Despite its confusing name, Wargo does have locations all across Japan, not just in Kyoto. What’s special about them is that they offer a wide variety of kimonos ranging from the simplest summer yukatas (summer cotton kimonos) to extravagant antique and Mamechiyo designs.

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Upon my arrival, I was taken aback by how gorgeous their kimonos are. The shop isn’t big but the choices are endless with rows and rows of vivid colors and lovely fine silks. I simply couldn’t decide!

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Their kimonos are organized by style and price. No matter the budget, there’s something for everyone.

Kyoto Kimono Rental WargoMen’s kimonos tend to be simpler and muted in color.

Looking to rent a kimono in Tokyo with your family? Rental options for men and children are available as well!

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And of course, to complete the whole look, you get to choose your own obi (belt) and hair ornament.

Making an Online Reservation

In order to make sure you get the best possible kimono experience in Tokyo, it is highly encouraged that you book in advance on their website. Note that cherry blossom and autumn seasons are their two busiest months. It’s especially important that you book early during those times!

Which Plan to Choose

Wargo has various plans ranging from ¥2,900 (~$33 CAD/$25 USD) to ¥14,900 (~$172 CAD/$131 USD) price points. The difference is obviously in the kimono of your choosing. A regular kimono is generally on the affordable side versus if you were to go all out and pick a more formal kimono like a furisode, that would be on the more expensive end.

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Picking the Date & Time

Once you pick a date and store location, their online booking system will display all available time slots. Rentals run from 9:00AM to 5:00PM and the numbers in the cells represent how many bookings are left. I.e. if it shows 9, it means there are 9 remaining bookings available.

Wargo Kimono Rental Reservation

Additional Options

Don’t forget to check the hairstyling option if you would like to get your hair done. If you end up changing your mind about your plan or hairdo, etc., that is perfectly fine. Everything can be changed on the day of.

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Arriving for Your Appointment

Apart from bringing an ID, there is no need to bring anything extra for your appointment. Just try to get there a few minutes early that way you don’t feel rushed.

Choosing a Kimono

After checking in, you are left alone to pick your own garment – which I really enjoyed. I was able to browse freely and didn’t feel pressured with someone looking over my shoulder. 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 and Chinese.

When making your booking online, you have the option to reserve a kimono as well. Although it’s not guaranteed that you will 100% get the kimono of your liking, this will save you a little time on the day of if you’re on a tight schedule. (Keep in mind this part of their website is offered in Japanese only.)

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You can of course browse around the actual shop in person too – which is what I opted to do. It’s always nicer seeing things in person rather than on a computer screen. Plus, you get to actually feel the different fabrics.

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When I arrived, this ravishing green and purple piece on the left definitely caught my attention right away. I actually asked the staff for recommendations on what color/style would suit me and they suggested this one too along with the beautiful salmon color one on the right. It was for sure a struggle choosing between the two and I would recommend leaving yourself some extra time in your schedule just in case you can’t make up your mind.

Getting Dressed

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. For example, a tank top and leggings or cotton shorties. If you intend on renting a light-colored kimono, stay away from wearing dark clothes underneath as the colors may peek through.

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On their website, they estimate the rental process to take about an hour. I didn’t exactly time everything, but the dressing part alone felt like a good 30 minutes at least. Again, leave enough time in your schedule to avoid feeling rushed.

Remember to use the bathroom beforehand!

Optional: Getting Your Hair Done

As mentioned above, you have the option of getting your hair done by Wargo’s stylist team. (I personally chose to get mine done for the complete authentic look.) Below are their rates.

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Photoshoot Opportunities

Wargo Kimono Rental PhotoshootPhoto provided by Wargo.

After you’re all dolled up, you can get your photo taken at their professional photo studio. Prices and additional information can be found on their website. OR, f you’re feeling extra, Wargo offers outdoor photo sessions as well. Complete rates here.

My verdict – what makes this the ultimate kimono rental in Tokyo?

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When I was researching on where to rent kimonos in Tokyo, I found Wargo via Google search and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to rent from them.

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Friendly Staff & Comfortable Setting

From when I stepped foot into their store, I felt welcomed and I can’t stress enough how friendly and professional their team is. The dressing area made me feel very comfortable and they were extremely meticulous in making sure I had the best kimono experience in Tokyo.

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Professionalism

The number one thing I want to highlight is the amount of care and attention they put into dressing their guests and in creating the perfect obi bow in the back. I’ve actually rented a kimono before in Kyoto with a different company – check out my full review. Because I couldn’t see my back at the time I got dressed, I didn’t realize that my obi and a few other spots 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 several knots tied to keep all the layers together, but overall they didn’t cause any discomfort at all.

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Really Cute Kimono Designs

I mean, I’m pretty sure the photos speak for themselves.

While I was strolling the streets of Asakusa, I got so many compliments from local obachans who really liked the print and color of my kimono. And to my surprise, I was also approached by tourists who thought I was a local and asked if they could take pictures with me. At one point I was completely surrounded and people were lining up for photos like I was some famous celebrity. It was wild LOL!

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Location

Again, the location I visited was in Asakusa, Toyko just 3 minutes away from the famous Sensoji Temple by foot.

In Japan, it is traditionally considered sexy for women to take small steps when they walk. That said, a kimono can restrict your movement and limit how big of a stride you take. This definitely takes some getting used to if this is your first time wearing a kimono, which is is why the Asakusa location is fantastic. It’s conveniently located in the heart of all the action and you aren’t required to walk as much. I’m really not exaggerating when I say this is the best kimono rental in Tokyo.

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Awesome Gifts to Take Home

Unfortunately, Wargo does not offer kimonos for sale. However, they do 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. Talk about the perfect omiyage (souvenir)!

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And that concludes today’s post!

Looking for where to rent a kimono in Tokyo for your upcoming trip? Book an appointment with this number one kimono rental in Tokyo!
Looking for where to rent a kimono in Tokyo for your upcoming trip? Book an appointment with this number one kimono rental in Tokyo!

If you’re looking to wear a kimono in Tokyo, definitely book an appointment with Wargo. I can guarantee that you won’t regret it and you’ll make memories of a lifetime.

And pst, if you haven’t booked your hotel yet, head on over to Samantha from Travelling King’s super helpful guide on where to stay in Tokyo.

Don’t forget to check out my Japan vlog for more footage on this wonderful kimono rental experience in Tokyo and I’ll see you in the next post!

Please note that this post is drafted in collaboration with Kyoto Kimono Rental Wargo. All opinions are my own and I genuinely enjoyed my experience and would recommend making a reservation with them.

60 Comments

  1. June 4, 2017 / 3:33 am

    Bookmarking this so I’ll have it on hand whenever I visit Tokyo! Kimono’s are so stunning, I would love to wear one someday 🙂

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 4, 2017 / 3:36 am

      Yay! Kimonos really are a work of art. You’re gonna love the experience for sure. If and when you do visit, please let them know I sent you! Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day Brianna <3

  2. Julia Dent
    June 4, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    I didn’t know you could rent kimonos, but I really want to do that now! And they all look so beautiful! 🙂 I love the variety of options!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 5, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      You can!! It’s a really popular thing to do especially during the summer since there are so many festivals where it’s a tradition to show up in a yukata (summer kimono). Give it a try if you get the chance! 😉

  3. June 5, 2017 / 10:29 am

    I didn;t realise Kimono hire was a thing. They’re really beautiful, elegant garments though. Thanks for enlightening us!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 5, 2017 / 9:46 pm

      I only discovered through a student exchange back in high school where the school rented kimonos for us to try on. It really is an exception experience. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week ahead! <3

  4. June 5, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    I’m so glad I found your blog – you explain everything in such detail!! I’ll save this for when I finally go.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 5, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Thanks so much Rachel, that’s super sweet of you! Please let them know that I sent you if and when you do visit Japan. Have a great week dear!

  5. June 5, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Didn’t even know you could hire out Kimono. Loving the style and they are so pretty. Fantastic read. 🙂

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 5, 2017 / 9:48 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Danik! Wargo has such an amazing selection of kimonos and I really hope that through this post, more travellers can discover their beautiful garments and give them a try. Cheers!

  6. June 6, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    This is such a unique and interesting post! Your kimono was absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 7, 2017 / 2:42 am

      Thank you so much Renee! Hope you enjoyed reading it because I had fun drafting this post. Cheers!

  7. June 7, 2017 / 7:11 am

    Such a gorgeous post Jas, your kimono is so stunning, the staff certainly picked the perfect one for you! What a fun experience to have while in Japan! Xx

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 7, 2017 / 3:52 pm

      Thanks Priti! I actually saw it too when I was browsing but wasn’t sure it’d fit me. Super glad I made the right choice!!

  8. June 7, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Saving this for my future trip! What a beautiful experience. I never thought about renting a kimono until a few months ago, but now that I keep seeing the experience, it looks so magical.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 7, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Aww thanks Anna, glad you enjoyed this post. It’s such an amazing experience and I definitely recommend that you try it. If and when you do visit, please let them know I sent you! Happy Wednesday <3

  9. Joanna
    June 7, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    How amazing this experience must have been! I didn’t know you can just rent a kimono and get in the shoes of a geisha in Japan. It’s definitely something I would love to do. The kimono the staff chose for you is so pretty!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 7, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      Thanks so much Joanna! It’s actually a super popular thing to do especially during the summer since Japan has a lot of festivals where it’s a norm to show up in a kimono 😀

  10. June 7, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    Japan is like my dream destination. I’m saving this for later use. 🙂 I also loved their umbrellas, so colorful!!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 7, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      Yay! I love their umbrellas too, such a nice pop of color for those gloomy, rainy days. If you ever visit them, please do let them know I sent you. xoxo

  11. June 7, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of beautiful Kimono. I guess, if ever I’m going to rent a Kimono too, I’ll be struggling what color and design to pick. Anyway, you look stunning and gorgeous in your Kimono. Thanks for sharing.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 7, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      Hahaha the struggle was too real. Thanks so much hon, hope you have an amazing rest of your week!

  12. June 7, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    I didn’t event know you could rent a kimono! I love the umbrellas too.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 8, 2017 / 1:00 am

      Yah! It’s totally a thing and it’s such an experience! I’ve been using my umbrella from here and every time I do, my mood instantly lightens up despite the dreary rain 🙂

  13. June 8, 2017 / 12:51 am

    Wow there all so beautiful! And you look absolutely regal in your pictures. Thanks for sharing!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 8, 2017 / 1:01 am

      Thank you so much Jen! I’m absolutely delighted by your kind words <3

  14. June 8, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    I’m visiting Tokyo last this year and was planning on renting a kimono somewhere! Bookmarking this place, thank you!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 8, 2017 / 11:57 pm

      That’s awesome!!! I really do hope you give Wargo a try and if you do, please let them know I sent you. Enjoy your trip to Tokyo and if you need any tips, feel free to ask! 😀

  15. June 8, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Wow! Tokyo is very much in my wishlist! Whole of Japan for the matter, I haven’t been to that side of the world! The concept of Kimono rental is a great idea, as to buy one would be costly and we’d never find another occasion to wear it again! You look fantastic wearing that Kimono. Hope I’ll get to wear one too!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 9, 2017 / 12:00 am

      Japan is such a beautiful destination you’re gonna love it when you visit. And agreed, this is a super cheap alternative to buying an actual kimono. Give Wargo a try if and when you do visit Japan 🙂

  16. June 8, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    How beautiful! I had no idea you could rent kimonos, but this seems like a great thing to keep in mind for the future. The kimono you chose was absolutely gorgeous!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 9, 2017 / 12:01 am

      Ya Megan, it’s totally a thing! It’s quite popular for tourists to rent kimonos in the summer too since there are a lot of festivals where it’s a tradition to show up in a yukata (summer kimono). Thanks for stopping by dear, hope you’re off to an amazing weekend <3

  17. Jackie
    June 9, 2017 / 12:52 am

    THIS IS SO FUN! I didn’t know you could rent kimonos! I totally thought everyone was just buying them. I love the color and pattern explosion on the photos of the kimonos and I totally would’ve opted for purple accessories, also! I want to visit Japan so badly!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 9, 2017 / 6:42 am

      Bahhahaaa you’re hilarious girl! You should defs hit up Japan when you can. It’s such a beautiful country you’re gonna love it there for sure.

  18. June 9, 2017 / 8:40 am

    That’s pretty cool! Those kimonos are very colorful and they look sooooo comfortable. Is there a version for males?

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 10, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      They’re not exactly the most comfortable to walk in though since your legs get restricted a bit and you can really only take small steps. To answer your question, yes, they offer kimono for men as well! You can see in one of the images I included. There are less options compared to ladies’ rentals but the designs are still very simple and elegant. Would be an experience to rent together as a couple! 🙂

  19. Casey Owen
    June 9, 2017 / 12:27 pm

     Are there any other traditional Japanese clothing that I can rent to wear? In summer which is during the months of June, July, and August, kimono rental shops usually rent out 

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 11, 2017 / 7:09 am

      If you book a reservation in advance, you should be fine. The last kimono rental place I visited in Kyoto (Yume Yakata) does rentals for samurai hakama and you can read more about it here – https://www.en-kyoto.yumeyakata.com/hakama 🙂

  20. June 11, 2017 / 2:14 am

    I live dressing up in traditional local clothing so it’s good to know about this option in Tokyo. It’s good they provide for men and children too, as I found make truly special images with my beautiful daughter.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 11, 2017 / 6:46 am

      Aww that would be the most special experience taking your family along! If you ever visit Japan and decide to do this, please let them know I sent you. Cheers!

  21. June 11, 2017 / 5:23 am

    That is amazing! I am actually going to Tokyo this year and I had no idea you can rent kimono! They are so lovely and I would love to have a photoshoot in one of those! This place looks fantastic especially that it include your hair done as well! Thank you so much for sharing it!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 11, 2017 / 6:42 am

      That’s awesome!!! Hope you’ll check it out and if you do, please let them know I sent you. Have a great trip! <3

  22. June 11, 2017 / 9:53 am

    I have pinned this post to refer back in future when I get a chance to visit Tokyo in the future. I would love to flaunt one there as it all sorts pretty! Thanks for the tips!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 12, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      Thanks for pinning Harsh!! Please let them know I sent you if you ever get to visit! It’d be such an experience to rent as a couple 😉

  23. Hassan
    June 11, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    That is interesting, i have been to Japan 3 time but never thought they are on rent as well. Shared with my gf will definitely try it out on out next visit.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 12, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Hahaa well now you know! It’d be a fun activity to do with your girlfriend the next time you guys are in Japan!

  24. sophie
    June 11, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    I didn’t know how to rent a Kimono! But this looks such fun! I would love to do the same adventures as yours! Total fun! 😀

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 12, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      I’ll be honest, walking around in a kimono is actually quite tiring since your movements are very much restricted. Still definitely recommend you to try it out though. It’s a beautiful experience and you’ll love it for sure 🙂

  25. June 12, 2017 / 3:33 am

    First of all, gal you look super cute and actually a locale in this Kimono and all accessories put together. I really like their concept of renting Kimono. Their huge silk collection, an arrangement in the store and the patience to dress up can be clearly judged from your words. I would surely love to try this out once around in Japan.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 12, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      Aww so sweet of you hon, thanks so much! I’m really glad you enjoyed my review. You should totally check them out if you ever decide to visit Japan. It’s a once in a lifetime experience!! 😉

  26. Chiara Cisario
    June 12, 2017 / 4:48 am

    I loved this post so much, I’ve always been fascinated by Kimonos and now, when I’ll get to Japan, I’ll know where to rent one 🙂 Thanks for sharing

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 12, 2017 / 4:42 pm

      Aww you’re gonna love wearing one so much! Thank YOU for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment <3

  27. June 13, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Didn’t know you could rent a kimono from my previous visit to Japan. Looks like a really cool experience and the outfit looks great on you. Being a guy, not sure if there’s anything for me but I think my wife would give it a try when we go back.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      June 14, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      They have outfits for guys too! You can see them in one of the photos above. There aren’t as many options as the ladies’ but they got you covered! It would totally be a cute experience going as a couple. Great photo shoot opportunity too 😉

  28. August 27, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    My father brought my a kimono from Japan once . I still wear it in the house sometime because I cannot go out dressed like that on the street. But renting a kimono in Japan and going through all the traditional habits it’s an authentic experience. Very well described all the process you’ve gone through. Thanks for sharing!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      September 15, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Aww that’s so sweet of him! My mom actually bought me one too and I agree, there’s just absolutely nowhere to wear it to when you’re not in Japan. Thanks for stopping by Iuliana, enjoy your weekend 🙂

  29. Lia
    January 13, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Hi Jas, lucky i bumped to your detailed post. The kimono looked gorgeous on you! i checked the rental website and the choices got me overwhelmed already. May i know which plan that you choose? Thanks in advance 🙂

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      Hi Lia! Thanks so much for the kind compliment and apologies for the delayed response. As this is a sponsored review, I was given the option of choosing from any plan. That said, it’s been awhile so I can’t remember the exact details… However, the kimono design I went with was either part of their premium or Mamechiyo selections (most likely the latter since the fabric design itself has quite a classic beauty feel to it, not as modern per say). Sorry I can’t be of help but even their standard plans have really stunning kimonos so I guarantee you’re in good hands with them! 😀

  30. Sisil
    October 26, 2018 / 2:11 am

    your post really help me to get information about kimono’s rental shop..
    but, now i feel confused which one i have to choose between wargo and yume..
    can you give me an advice please???
    which one of that shop more affordable?

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      November 16, 2018 / 12:23 am

      Hey Sisil! Are you referring to Yume Yakata? And where are you visiting – Tokyo or Kyoto? Yume is based in Kyoto so if you are looking to rent a kimono in Tokyo, Wargo is the obvious choice. If you are renting in Kyoto however, I would still recommend Wargo. I just updated the post to include prices and their cheapest plan starts at ¥2,900 (~$33 CAD/$25 USD). Yume, on the other hand, charges ¥3,024 for their most basic plan. When I rented with Yume, I remember having to pay for obi ornaments and hair accessories whereas with Wargo, the most basic options are still included within the plan price. Wargo does a better job dressing clients too and the final result looks more polished and sophisticated. Hope this helps! 🙂

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