Walking around the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Authentic Kimono Rental Experience – Video

Okazaki Jinja Shrine

Okazaki Jinja is a small Shinto shrine located in the east side of Kyoto.  Locals visit here to pray for fertility and safe childbirth for hundreds of years.  In recent years, this place has become a popular spot for tourists … Read More

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Ippodo Tea Kyoto

There are many specialty stores that sell high quality tea in Kyoto, but out of all of the places, Ippodo is the most recommended tea house by locals.  It is also our favorite tea store by far.  They have a … Read More

着物でぶらりniko and...COFFEE

niko and…COFFEE, Kyoto Teramachi

The Teramachi shopping street near our salon has many interesting shops, cafes, and restaurants to visit.  Some are old fashioned and traditional that have been been around for many years, and some are new and trendy. “niko and…” is a … Read More


Early Fall Foliage – Kyoto Imperial Palace

Fall is in the air, and the trees in Kyoto started to change colors little by little.   We saw some trees in orange and red already at the Kyoto Imperial Palace today. The Kyoto Imperial Palace has numerous trees in … Read More


Fall Foliage in Kyoto – Nanzenji

Nanzenji is a Zen Buddhist temple located in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto.  It is one of the most   spectacular temples with a massive Sanmon front gate, famous gardens, and a large complex surrounded by many sub-temples. Nanzenji is also … Read More


Bakeries in Kyoto – Shinshindo

You might think that people in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital city, tend to eat more traditional Japanese food.  On the contrary, people here consume more bread per capita than any other cities in Japan.  There are many bakeries that sell … Read More


We are open!

We are excited to announce that our new kimono rental salon in the Gosho-Minami area is now open for business!  We have welcomed our first customers on October 5th.  Our new salon is in a historical Machiya (traditional wooden townhouse), … Read More