Kimono-experience hotels in Tokyo

By , April 03, 2017

Don’t wait till your pre-wedding photo shoot to get dressed in that elaborate kimono you’re dreaming of! Do it the next time you’re in Tokyo, at one of these kimono-experience hotels!

1. Hotel New Otani The Main

Evident from its spectacular 400-year-old garden and unique kimono experience, Hotel New Otani The Main is a purveyor of promoting Japanese culture through tradition. Both ladies and men can rent either informal or formal kimonos. Reservation is required by 5 p.m. the day before.

Aerial view of Hotel New Otani's garden with waterfall in centre and skyline in background

Highlight of this kimono experience:

It’s authenticity; it keeps to tradition. For instance they distinguish between kimono styles for unmarried/married women.

Rentals range between S$250-600 (prices include dressing service, undergarments and accessories). Professional studio or garden photos are additional.

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Couple in traditional wedding kimonos with lake behind

2. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo‘s kimono experience is the priciest on our list but is definitely the city’s most comprehensive. In this experience the guest leaves with their own bespoke kimono by Japan’s most famous kimono maker, Chiso.

Room at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo with window in background with view of Tokyo

Highlight of this kimono experience

Popular for weddings, the experience includes a consultation, spa treatment, kimono fitting, and photo shoot. All meals (at the hotel’s fancy restaurants) are also included.

It’s important to budget time for this experience as it’s two days long and you’ll want to make the most out of your stay at one of the most luxurious hotels in Tokyo.

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Closeup of golden obi sash tied

3. Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

Professional photos in the breathtaking Chinzanso garden are included in the kimono experience at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. Guests are fitted in the comfort of their hotel room by an expert from the Hakubi Kyoto Kimono Institute. The experience also includes an English-language tour of the historic garden.

Hotel Chizanso Tokyo Sky Garden in foreground and main garden in background

Highlight of this kimono experience

As guests are allowed to wear their rented kimono outside the hotel they can take their kimono experience to a new level by going for a traditional Japanese dinner or kabuki.

With group deals available, this experience is great for friends planning a special holiday together.

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4. Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

The kimono experience at Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is designed as a wedding experience, ideal for couples wanting gorgeous pre-wedding photos that’ll evoke the best kind of nostalgia in the years to come. Enjoy a couple’s discount when renting two kimonos. For professional photos and styling an extra fee and advanced reservation are required.

Living area in suite at Kieo Plaza Hotel Tokyo

Highlight of this kimono experience

For photo shoot locations this hotel has great variety ranging from the hotel’s very own Japanese wedding ceremony room to the Imperial Suite Room.

This is a great value option particularly if you have your own photographer.

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Floral hair ornaments (hana kanzashi)

The following two hotels don’t have kimono experiences but are located near great kimono rental stores.

Cerulean Tower Tokyo

Cerulean Tower Tokyo is a 5-minute walk to Kimono Kawaii Company (1-22-11 Dogenzaka, Shibuya) where you can rent kimonos for four hours – enough time to get your million-dollar shot in the famous Shibuya scramble crossing.

Double room at Cerulean Tower with view of beds and night skyline in background

The hotel is also a 10-minute walk to Aki Kimono Rental (15-14 Maruyamacho, Shibuya). No advanced reservation necessary here as you can just walk-in and rent a kimono for a day! Styling costs extra, as does a photo shoot (reservation required).

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A row of kimono's hanging on rack in store

Imperial Hotel Tokyo

If you need a reason to stay at the iconic Imperial Hotel Tokyo, a pre-wedding holiday is a good one. Alongside the full royal treatment at the luxury hotel couples looking for a unique memento of their special trip should get their very own  kimonos.

Imperial Hotel Tokyo room with bed in background and two armchairs in foreground

5-minutes from the hotel is the English-speaking kimono store Suzunoya. The shop has a good variety of new, ready-to-wear kimonos and has plenty of accessories including bags, fans, and socks to choose from.

Just a 15-minute walk from the hotel is the two-story Antique Mall in Ginza that sells beautiful vintage kimonos and other antique Japanese wares.

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Kimono store with rack of kimono's hanging outside shop