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Walking around in Kyoto in kimono

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Walking around in Kyoto in kimono

My husband and I are visiting beautiful Kyoto this November. We're thinking about trying kimonos and would love to gather some information beforehand:

Will it be difficult to walk around in kimono and Japanese sandals in November?

What do locals think of male tourists walking around in kimono? (My husband insists on asking this.) :)

As there are no festivals in November, what are the best places to visit in kimono without attracting too much attention?

What are some tips on wearing kimonos like locals? (which colors and patterns for autumn, obi style etc)

Do shops wash rental kimonos after every use?

And lastly, any recommendation on reputable kimono rental shop?

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1. Re: Walking around in Kyoto in kimono

From what I saw in Kyoto a few months ago, kimono rentals are pretty plentiful in Gion and Arashiyama, and we saw a fair number of people doing it, so I think it's not unusual in those neighborhoods! But those districts are pretty popular with tourists. Hopefully someone else can answer your other questions.

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2. Re: Walking around in Kyoto in kimono

>>>Will it be difficult to walk around in kimono and Japanese sandals in November?<<

Yes, it is quite difficult to walk in Zori/Geta if you're not used to it. I wouldn't plan on a long outing. Maybe a couple hours will be enough to exhaust you.

>>What do locals think of male tourists walking around in kimono? (My husband insists on asking this.) :)<<

>>>As there are no festivals in November, what are the best places to visit in kimono without attracting too much attention?<<

It'll be coo to see a male tourist in kimono :-) These days, you'll see many tourists walking around in kimono in popular areas, so you won't stand out too much.

>>>What are some tips on wearing kimonos like locals? (which colors and patterns for autumn, obi style etc)<<

Don't worry about it. Choose a kimono you like. You'll look like a tourist no matter what.

>>Do shops wash rental kimonos after every use?<<

No. A real silk kimono will be ruined if it is washed in water/detergent and it is extremely expensive to dry clean. They will spot clean if there is a spot or something, though. At a rental place, you'll wear a cotton juban (underwear) and that is washed after each rental.

>>And lastly, any recommendation on reputable kimono rental shop?<<

Google kimono rental Kyoto and you'll get a lot of shops.

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3. Re: Walking around in Kyoto in kimono

I often see a lot of people walking around Higashiyama are with kimonos. That might indeed be one of the best areas for this experience. The streets are pedestrian only with nice, scenic backdrops and old store fronts, perfect for pictures.

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4. Re: Walking around in Kyoto in kimono

I think it's a fine idea practiced by hundreds of tourists from within Japan and from overseas. There are different types of clothes (kimono) - yukatas might be a bit too cold in November without another traditional gear over it. Don't worry if it's just for a few hours around Higashiyama area.

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7. Re: Walking around in Kyoto in kimono

Thank for sharing, Mf0428. Do you know whether they wash their kimonos after every renter?

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8. Re: Walking around in Kyoto in kimono

That question was already answered above. If they did wash it frequently, it would be some kind of synthentic fabric, not the real thing.

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