Welcome to "Kyoto Kimono Rental 41" !

Welcome to "Kyoto Kimono Rental 41" !
Are you traveling in Kyoto and do you desire to experiment the traditional japanese kimono ? Kyoto Kimono Rental 41 is waiting for you ! located in Shijo-Kawaramachi near takashimaya store, we can help you to get dress up with plenty of colorful kimonos.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A customer's picture.

Thank you for coming to Kimono Rental 41!
She is so cute♪
Have a nice kimono's day!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

They are the visitors of our shop.


Thank you for the coming to the store!
It is very great!

Please come to the store again!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Gion Matsuri 2014 Ofune Boko revival

Hello !!

The biggest events of Gion Matsuri are the Yoiyama (14-16th) and the Yama Hoko Junko (17th). Yoiyama is kind of the previous parade. Each district display their Hoko or Yama floats in their districts to perform and treat the guests.
During the Gion Matsuri 32 floats are connected with neighborhoods in each district. There are 25 Yama floats which are the smaller float. They are normally carried by people on their shoulders.
There are also 7 Hoko float ( refer as Boko float as well ) which are pulled by 12 to 50 people.
In addition to the 32 Yama and Hoko floats joining the festival, there are three other floats which quietly join the festival every year. These floats are called Yasumi-yama which can't join the festival with floats for differents reasons. However in 2014, customers have a chance to see one of them called the  "Ofune-boko" after 150 years of absence.

The current Gion Festival's parade called the Saki-matsuri (former festival) is held on July 17th. The second parade called the Ato-matsuri (latter festival) used to  have the former Ofune-hoko as the last float. But this year people have the opportunity to see the Ato Matsuri with the former Ofune Hoko on July 24th.

Also many people are coming to enjoy the festival and see the parade with the traditional Yukata :)

KyotoKimonoRental41 is waiting for you !!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Gion Matsuri 2014

Hello !!
i hope everyone is enjoying the Gion Matsuri 2014 in Kyoto :)
Gion Matsuri is one of the greatest and biggest festival in Japan, and the main events are held on July 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th. During these four days, many people are filling the streets in the city  to enjoy the displays and the food from the small shops.
The three days preceding the big parade on the July 17 are called Yoi-Yama. In this period, the floats are stationed in each town’s streets. There are 23 floats, displaying their ornaments such as tapestries and carvings.
Until July 16th, streets are more crowded after 6 p.m. when the lanterns turn on as people come out to see the festival after work.
Also many Japanese people are wearing the summer kimono called " yukata " in
order to enjoy the festival. This year KyotoKimonoRental41 proposes to the customers a wild collection of colorful and original yukata for mens and women :)
so please come to visit us !

If you are also coming to enjoy the festival you should pass by the shop, we are just located in Shijo !

Monday, June 23, 2014


Hi everyone !

Summer is coming soon so let's dress up with Yukata, we have a wild collection so please come to have a look :) we can suggest a plenty of colorful yukata to rent for this summer with a really attractive price !

Monday, June 16, 2014

Free market in Kyoto

Hi everyone !

did you hear about japanese market ? if you are looking for some japanese antique items, you should go to one of the most popular market in the city : Tenjin san market located in Kitano tenmangu. this is one of the two best markets in town.This market is a great excuse to visit this shrine and see people, especially school children, rubbing the two stone bulls in front of the main hall of the shrine. It will be a great chance to buy used kimono, ceramics, antiques and bric-a-brac, along with food and drink. You’ll also rub shoulders with an interesting assortment of expats and locals.

This market is held from dawn to dusk on the 25th of each month at Kitano Tenman-gū and marks the birthday (and coincidentally the death) of the Heian-era statesman Sugawara Michizane (845–903). It’s pleasant to explore the shrine before or after you do your shopping.

You can also dress up with a kimono and enjoy the market ! please come to visit KyotoKimonoRental41 :)

Monday, June 9, 2014

New bags came up !

Hi everyone !
New bags came up in our shop 41 ! Please come ta have a look :)
if you like to rent a Yukata, we can propose to you a wild collection of hand made bags which one you can rent it !

Thank you very much and we hope see you soon in KimonoRental41 !

Monday, June 2, 2014

Rainy season in japan

Be carreful everyone the rainy season is coming soon in Japan !

In early summer, most parts of Japan get visited by a rainy season, called tsuyu  ( plum rain ) because it coincides with the season of plums ripening.
The rainy season is caused by the collision of cold northerly and warm southerly air masses, which results in a relatively bad weather front over the Japan for several weeks.
In most of Japan, the rainy season lasts from the beginning of June to mid July, while it affects the islands of Okinawa about one month earlier. Only Japan's northern most main island of Hokkaido gets barely affected by the rainy season.
Kyoto will be affected by the rainy season from 6th of June to 19th of July.
Nevertheless, the rainy season is not the most suitable season to travel in Japan,  even though it can have its advantages. For example, travel activity is rather low during June, which clears many popular outdoor attractions from the many visitors that are usually present. Also if you'd like to visit temples and shrines, the vegetation, especially the moss, is much more lush at this time :)

nowadays don't forget to bring your umbrella when you are going outside !


Monday, May 26, 2014

Special yukata plans for summer season

Hi everyone !
Yukata came up in kyotoKimonoRental41! now you can choose inside of a wide collection of colorful and sophisticated kimono for the summer season ;)
 The shops proposes two kinds of plans :

  - Ladies plan : ¥ 4.104 / person.
  - Men plan : ¥ 3.024 / person.

Both of the plans include the rent of the yukata and all of the yukata' contents : the Japanese belt ( Obi ), the authentic and unique bag and the traditional Japanese shoes.

The shop recommends our guests to try our personal Yukata's hair styling for only ¥540/ person !
Also we are making some authentic hair accessories in the shop and you can rent it for only  ¥324/ piece !

 See you soon and please come to have a look !

Monday, May 19, 2014

Yukata season is coming soon !

Hello everyone
Only one week left and KyotoKimonoRental41 will change all of the collection of kimono for the yukata ! Until May 25th it will be the last chance to get dress up with the traditional kimono before the summer season. So don't hesitate and come to visit KyotoKimonoRental41!
Do you know the difference between Kimono and Yukata ?
Kimono which translates as "thing to wear", is a broad term to identify garments in general, though we tend to associate kimono with the formal robe typically made from silk and worn to formal occasions and ceremonies.
The yukata with the same basic construction as kimono, are made from cotton and usually worn during summer season or festivals. Sometimes they are also worn as a bathrobes in places such as hot springs.

See you soon !

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kamogawa yuka !

Hi everyone !
Did you hear about the Kyoto yuka dining along the kamo River ?
During May, many japanese people are going to enjoy the " kamogawa yuka " or a riverside balconies made by wood, is the unique chance to enjoy the meal and admire the amazing view of Kamogawa river :) this is kind of seasonal symbol of Kyoto, it makes people remind that Spring will finish soon and the city has set up to welcome the summer !
Recently the restaurants propose different kind of food ( usually traditional Japanese dishes ) and some cafes and bars are being built on the yuka that's why the guests can order their favorite dishes through the terrace. the restaurants will often serve at the dinnertime but in May and September they will also open at the lunch time. Don't forget than you're always welcome on the yuka !
It's also a great opportunity and the last chance to get dress up with kimono before the yukata season starts ;)

Monday, April 28, 2014

New antique bags !

Yesterday new bags came up in KyotoKimonoRental41:) !

These bags are unique and antique items made by the creator of the shop.  Please come to have a look :)

Golden week in Japan

Hi everyone !
The Golden week ( GW ) is coming ! did you hear about that ? In japan, the GW is a collection of 4 national holidays within 7 days. GW is considering as one of the most Japanese's busiest holiday' seasons, besides New year and Obon week in august. Transportation ( shinkansen, trains ) airports and sightseeing spots get very crowed during these days. If you are looking for accommodation during the GW, you should book in advance in the tourist areas.
The national holidays making up the GW are :

- April 29 : Showa day ( showa no hi )
celebration of the birthday of former emperor showa, who died in the year1989

- May 3 : Constitution day ( Kenpo kinenbi )
the new postwar constitution was put on effect in 1947.

- May 4 : Greenery day ( Midori no hi )
the day is dedicated to the environment and nature, because the emperor loves  nature and plants. 

- May 5 : Children's day ( kodomo no hi )
The boy's Festival ( Tango no sekku ) is celebrated on this day. Families pray     for the health and future success of their sons by hanging up carps streamers and displaying samurai dolls, both symbolizing strength, power and success in life. 

Also GW is an excellent time to visit Kyoto and walk around the city with a kimono. The temperature outside is still really cool and you can access to plenty of beautiful temples during this season.

is opened during the GW and we are waiting for you!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Kyoto events in April

Hello !
The season of cherry blossoms is already finished, but still you can enjoy some events in Kyoto city. For example, the Geisha and the maiko of the Gion Kobu district still perform traditional spring dances with japanese musical accompaniment throughout the month of April. Spectators from all across Japan and the world are attending the event. Gion district geisha prefer to be called Geiko, which means a woman skilled in dance and music.
Also you can enjoy the beautiful light up scenes in some temples and shrines at night time during this month in Kyoto. For example, Kiyomizu Temple which one is the most popular and well known sightseeing spot in the city offers a spectacular view of the city from the wooden balcony until 13th of the month.
You can ride on the popular " sagano sightseeing tram ride " which one is running from Saga to Kameoka along a gorgeous river and passes through 8 old tunnels.
Every days as well you can ride on the boat and enjoy the Hozugawa Kudari river. The depart starts from Kameoka to Arashiyama ( about 16 km in 2 hours ) and it's a good opportunity to discover the beautiful landscape and some wonderful moutains views.

Even if the cherry blossoms season passed, April is one of the best month of the year to get dressed with a kimono and walk around in the city. Don't lose the chance to get this experience and come to visit us in KyotoKimonoRental41 we are waiting for you :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cherry blossom season in Kyoto

Hi everyone !
In japan, " sakura " means the cherry blossom's flower. During March and April,  japan is filled with very beautiful cherry blossoms all over the country. That's the reason why many foreigners are coming to Japan during this season. The most important factor to determinate the blooming time of the cherry trees is the geographical location. Generally, the milder of the climate, the earlier the blossoms open. Typically, in early April the cherry blossom's season takes place in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. Unfortunately the cherry blossom's season is relatively short. Full bloom ( mankai ) is usually reached after the opening of the first blossoms ( kaika ). The next week, the blooming peak is over and the blossoms are falling from the trees. In kyoto you have the opportunity to see many spots to enjoy the blooming of the cherry blossoms trees, like Philosopher's path or Arashiyama. Also Heian shrine or Maruyama park offer some really good scenes.
" Hanami " is the centuries old practice of picnicking under the blooming sakura. People are usually eating lunch ( Bento ) and drinking sake with a convivial atmosphere.
Sakura season is also the best moment to dress up with kimonos and walk around the city.

Thank You very much for all of customers who

    chose Kyoto Kimono Rental 41 this year !

Monday, March 17, 2014

Graduation ceremony in Japan

Hi everyone !
In japan, March is the time of the year when japanese universities hold their graduation ceremonies. University graduation ceremonies are held in the luxury hotels and students attend with a hakama for girls and suit for boys. hakama are a typical of a japanese clothing. There were originally worn only by men, but recently there were worn by both sexes. Hakama are tied at the waist and and fall approximately tot the ankles. Hakama are worn over a kimono.

 Also at the end of march the cherry blossoms start in some regions of japan, while in nothern japan weather conditions are still good to practice winter sports. The plants and trees start to flower such as plum tree, the climat is getting warmer and deliver the first signs of spring. It's a really good moment to get dress up with kimono and walk around the city of Kyoto.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hanatoro in Kyoto

hi everyone !
this month there is a special event called " Hanatoro " which means " flower and light road " is a set of illumination event who takes place in Higashiyama district of Kyoto. The streets are illuminated by thousands of lanterns set throughout popular areas combined with flower and lights displays. A lot of temples and shrines are illuminated and they have special extended viewing hours. You will be amazed to be surrounded by those romantic and exotic air in there :)
Higashiyama Hanatoro features a variety of events including an extensive display of ikebana, the traditional Japanese art and flower arrangement. Also you can enjoy some lives and street performances around the area.
The event will be held from 17th to 23th of March at Higashiyama historical area.
It's really good opportunity to wear a kimono, come to visit KimonoRental41 we can help you to find the best kimono !

We hope to see you soon in KimonoRental41 !

Monday, March 3, 2014

Girl's day

Hi everyone !
yesterday japan was celebrating the " hinamatsuri " called the girl's day ( also doll's day ). Hinamatsuri is celebrating each year on March 3. On this day families with young daughters celebrate this event at home to ensure their's daughter future happiness. Normally families have platforms at home which one they covered with a red carpet. They will display a set of ornamental dolls ( hina Ningyo ) representing the emperor, empress, their subordinates and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. Hina Ningyo are ceremonial dolls and they are a heritage of the family, from generation to generation. Normally this festival is celebrating for the little japanese girl, and they will cook and prepare some food and cake to be given to the dolls. Many differents types of Hina ningyo have been created around Japan.Traditionally, girls will invite their friends and they will do home party.

If you want to experiment the japanese kimono with your friends and feel the tradition of Kyoto, please come to Kyoto Kimono Rental 41 located in the city !

Monday, February 17, 2014

why 41 ?

Hi everyone ! do you know why kimono Rental 41 exists ?
First the owner Yoriko decided to open her property hair dresser and esthetic shop 41 in 2004. The number 41 has the particularity to symbolize the fortune, prosperity and glory for the japanese god. Also 4 +1=5 and in Kyoto the number 5 represents the middle place and one of the power spot of the city.
in 2011,  Hiroko ( yoriko's sister )who is professional about kimono decided to create her property kimono rental shop inside of 41.

That's the reason why Kimono Rental 41 can offer a really good service for the costumers. Also the shop has a collection of antiquity bags, accessories and kimono's items so you can feel the atmosphere of old japan !