By Mandy Bartok
Many people visit Kurashiki to enjoy the shopping and sightseeing in the Bikan-chiku Historical district. This area is well known throughout Japan for having refurbished original kura warehouses in the old merchant district of the city. The district was not destroyed by bombing during World War II, and is one of the few places in Western Japan where you can enjoy Japanese culture in an authentic historical setting.
If you want to enhance your visit to the Okayama area, or have a special day in town with friends or your significant other, why don't you consider renting a kimono for the day from Kurashiki Kimono Komachi? Day rentals start at just 3,780 Yen for women and 4,860 Yen for men (prices include sales tax). What makes the kimono rentals at Kurashiki Kimono Komachi special is that they are real kimonos (not imitations that are often used for tourists). The shop owner, Mr. Kazuhiro Terao, is also a designer who specializes in denim kimonos and other Japanese-style apparel and fashion items. At his shop, you can choose to rent either denim kimonos (Mr. Terao's creations) or a standard casual kimono, plus accessories.
Denim kimono rentals are limited to 3 people per day, so if you’d like to try this Kurashiki original, be sure to reserve yours early!
You can also rent lighter-weight yukata (like a cotton kimono) in the warmer months between June and September. Yukata are perfect for enjoying the summer weather in the heart of old town Kurashiki.
Whether you're looking to share a special experience with friends, enjoy a quiet stroll through the beautiful historic district, enjoy a bit of Japanese culture, or just show off fashionably, a beautiful rental kimono from Kurashiki Kimono Komachi is the way to go. Located just a few steps from JR Kurashiki station, the shop is easy to find, and the friendly staff will go out of their way to ensure a pleasant experience for you.
Kurashiki Kimono Komachi also offers originally designed denim kimonos, haori jackets, accessories, and other denim and handcrafted items (including hair accessories, bags, denim sheets and pillow cases, etc) for sale. All denim items are made from high-quality Kurashiki denim.
You can also arrange to have photos taken of you and your friends in beautiful kimonos. A photo session on location in the historic Bikan area lasts for approximately 60 minutes. The fee is 3,240 Yen for one person, or 4,320 Yen for two or more people (sales tax included). If you have your own camera, the staff will take an unlimited number of photos for you; if you opt to have the staff use their camera, they will take approximately 20 photos and give you the photo data on CD.
Rental Price Chart (Sales Tax not included in prices listed below)
Kimono* Day Rental 3,500 Yen
Kimono* Night Rental 4,500 Yen
Yukata** Day¹ 3,500 Yen
Yukata** Night² 4,500 Yen
Denim Day 5,500 Yen
Denim Night 6,500 Yen
Simple Hair Styling 1,200 Yen
Kimono* Day Rental 4,500 Yen
Kimono* Night Rental 5,500 Yen
Yukata** Day¹ 4,500 Yen
Yukata** Night² 5,500 Yen
Denim Day 5,500 Yen
Denim Night 6,500 Yen
Kimono* Day 6,900 Yen
Kimono* Night 8,900 Yen
Yukata** Day¹ 6,900 Yen
Yukata** Night² 8,900 Yen
* Kimono available from mid-September through mid-June.
** Yukata available from mid-June through mid-September.
1. Day: 9:00~18:00
2. Night: 15:00~12:00 noon of the following day
--- All rental prices include undergarments, sashes, sandals, and a bag. ---
An English speaking staff member is available to assist you. Please make all rental reservations in advance.
To reserve your rental kimono, call 086-427-0132, or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please tell the staff the following information:
- Date and time of rental
- Time that you will arrive at the shop
- Number of people and gender
- Your height
- Whether you would like your hair styled or not
- Your name and contact information
If you visit Kurashiki and rent a kimono from Kurashiki Kimono Komachi, please post a photo of yourself!
*** Mention that you saw this article on "Japan Airlines" and get a free gift with kimono rentals between April 1st and June 31th, 2014! ***
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I'm an American who has been in Japan for nearly 20 years. I enjoy travelling, writing, cooking, eating, and exploring new places and activities. I first came to Japan in 1992 as an exchange student in Japanese language at Fukuoka University; I returned to the U.S. to continue my graduate studies, but knew I had to get back to Japan. I returned, this time to Okayama, in 1995 and have been here ever since. In my 20 years in Japan, I have seen, experienced, learned, and tasted so many different things that I feel that my life here is exciting. Honestly, I learn something new every day, whether it be a new "kanji", word in Japanese, recipe, or about the history and culture of Japan. I also have a cafe blog; please take a look if you are interested. Here is the link: http://amiyata.wordpress.com/ In addition, I also do some freelance translating. If you are interested in contacting me about translating work, please see my blogpage for information: http://amacielmiyata.wordpress.com/ I'm excited to be able to publish on JapanTourist, and I hope you enjoy my articles and photos.