Renting A Kimono In Kyoto, Japan | Yumeyakata

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Renting A Kimono In Kyoto, Japan | Yumeyakata
It was late August when my friends (MacamYes) and I were at Japan for a video shoot. We had to rent a Kimono and I didn't realise how hot  Japan was during the summer until that day. Most of us want to experience the culture of a new country we visit, for Japan what more than to experience wearing a Kimono / Yukata for a day?

With MacamYes

Just wanted to share my experience here of renting a Kimono in Kyoto Japan because when I was searching for about this online, no one actually talked about the process of it. I got to find out about Kimono / Yukata rental at Yumeyakata on Klook when I was purchasing my Universal Studios Japan (USJ) and cooking class activities for Japan.

So if you're planning to rent a kimono, make sure you allocate minimum an hour for yourself at the kimono rental place. It took us a while to get to Yumeyakata at Kyoto because I took the wrong route there from Osaka but do know that the store is 3 minutes walk from Gojo Station. Yumeyakata Kimono rental is one of the biggest and cheapest store you find in Kyoto. Do know that it will be very crowded, so its best to head there as early as possible, especially when you want to have the best choices for your kimono.

Step 1: Reservation 
Make sure that you reserve before you drop by to the store. You would need to state the day and time of visit to the store, your shoe size and height.

TIP: Do know that you might have limited selection if you are taller or bigger in body size than the average. I too had to choose from limited selection when I was there.

Step 2: Choosing a kimono (20 - 30 Minutes)
Once you have checked in at the reception, you get to do the fun part now, choosing your kimono. Do know that Yumeyakata have multiple floors. If I'm not wrong, its at the highest floor when you are mixing and matching your obi belt with kimono. One step into the the room of choosing my kimono and I felt like I was at Kamdar Store (A Malaysian clothe wholeseller brand).

Step 3: Dressing (20 Minutes)
Okay I WAS NOT READY FOR THIS. Haha. I'm quite shy and self conscious. So I wish, I prepared myself mentally for this. After you have chose your kimono, the staff will bring you to another floor where you will enter into a hall. This hall is where you will get changed by one of an elderly lady. Do know that you are changing in front of a giant mirror and there isn't any partition. You just strip down to your underwear and let the ladies dress you. They will be a bit rough as they need to make sure that your kimono is tighten up so that it would not fall apart when you are out and about.

Did you know that they will place a cardboard at your tummy? So expect to not be having any flexible moment for your upper body. ALSO I don't recommend pregnant women to wear kimonos because its super tight at your upper body.

Step 4: Hairstyling / Make up (20 Minutes)
So Yumeyakata has this extra option if you need hairstyling or make up. Thank goodness I had Jaycee, she helped with my hair and I did my own make up.

Step 5: Choose your bag and keep your belongings
We had a selection of bags to choose from, we also got our shoes and socks at this section. If possible, try not to bring so much stuff on that day. If I'm not wrong, all of us rented a locker at the place to place our bags inside.

Step 6: Enjoy your day and Return the Kimono by 7:30pm
GUYS! Kyoto is a big place and the kimonos weren't easy to walk in. Just make sure that you allocate time to come back from whereever you were. My last spot I was at was at Yasaka Pagoda and to walk back to the store is almost 20-25 minutes. We tried to take the bus but there was a long queue, so we opt for a cab in to make sure that we got back to Yumeyakata in time to avoid paying the late penalty.

Despite the heat and uncomfortable sandals, it was a great experience wearing the kimono. I got to take nice pictures while exploring Kyoto and it was just one of those things you just gotta try.
Jaycee, Li Yin and Mei Ai with Brain offering his samurai umbrella

Mei Ai looking like a temple guardian with the samurai sword umbrella
 Check out the reflection! Suddenly a group of tourist came up to us to take our photos. lol
 The following shots below were taken by Kelvin Goh and Ernest Ng

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Right now Klook is selling this Kimono Rental for RM 105 per person.

Kyoto, Shimogyo, Manju, Teramachi 128
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Nearest Station: Gojo Station (Karasuma line), Kiyomizu-Gojo Station (Keihan line)
3-minute walk from Exit 1 of Gojo Station, 8-minute walk from Exit 3 of Kiyomizu-Gojo Station
075-354-8515 | Yumeyakata Website
Disclaimer: This is not sponsored and pictures were taken in August 2016. 

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Happy travelling!
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Jess is an adventurous Malaysian girl with a soft spot for food, shoes and all things romantic. She loves fashion and traveling too. Diversity excites her, therefore she would tend to try out everything she gets a chance to ✌

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