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Come to Kyoto and experience the world of Geishas and Maikos.  Step back in time and have an encounter with an old world charm of traditional Japan.



Kimono Passport

Wear a Kimono to get Special Privileges. The Kimono Passport is avery popular, small booklet that offers special privileges and discounts if you wear a kimono, with lots of information about Kyoto. You get special privileges at the temple/shrine, art gallery and museums, service in stores and restaurants, and kimono rentals. Please try on a kimono, and take a walk through the old machiya lined streets of Kyoto.

When : Every year from October 1 ~ September 30. *Please note the validity period.
Where to Get : Kyoto Prefecture Tourist Information Center
Address: Kyoto Station Bldg. 2F, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone: 075-343-0548
Time: Open daily from 8:30 to 19:00
Wi-Fi: Free, Internet PCs also available for a fee.

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Emasa (Traditional Japanese Wear)

Emasa uses high-quality clothing. They carry a wide selection of maiko and geiko attire.

Address : 228 Hiyoshi-cho, Sayamachi Nishiiru, Shichijo-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
Telephone : 075-532-1751
Business Hours : 9:30am – 7:00pm, Open 365 days
How to get there : Keihan Line “Shichijo”.
Fee: Depends on your selection.



Hanagiku (Maiko Makeover Studio)

The owner who was a geiko for over 25 years, started this shop to help ladies dress up like a maiko without having to go through a big training ordeal. Her traditional Japanese clothes selectively uses only very high quality materials.  Her kimonos are elegant and the matching obis, sashes were actually used by maikos. The shop owner and her assistants will help you choose the right comb that is suitable for the season of the year.

Address: 3 Miyagawa-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
Telephone: 075-561-7116
Business Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Closed: Year End/New Year
Access: Keihan Gion Line “Shijo”. Hankyu Line “Karawaramachi”.
Fee : Varies, depending on your selection.


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Kayoo (Maiko Makeover Studio)

Visitors here can dress up as a maiko or geiko. You can rent their outfit and go sightseeing around Kyoto in your kimono. They also cater to young children and couples.

Address: 2F Limited Company Group Say Takoyakushi Sagaru, Higashinotoin, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City
Telephone: 075-221-4100
Business Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Appointment Necessary: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Access: Hankyu Line to “Karasuma”.Subway Karasuma Line to “Shijo”.
Fee: From 7,500 yen



Maikozaka (Maiko Makeover Studio)

The Maikozaka studio is in the Higashiyama, Gojo district. Here, you can dress up like a maiko or geiko as well. Since this studio is located next to the famous Kiyomizu-dera Temple and the Jishu Shrine, you can stroll through the area dressed up like a maiko.

Address: 6-583-70 Gojobashi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
Telephone: 075-531-1166
Business Hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Closed: Open 365 days
Access: Keihan Line to “Shimizu gojo”. 15min walk.
Fee: Varies, depending on your selection.

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Tsujii Planning (Maiko Makeover Studio)

The owner of this shop is fiercely traditional.  Her kimonos are made to order and the obi are ordered from the best cloth manufacturer. Tsujii Planning, located in Gion, also carries a wide selection of accessories. Her selection of combs cater for all seasons of the year and are picked to match each attire. When you go out, their friendly staff will help you with the proper way of walking in a kimono, how to hold up the skirt, and even how to pose for the camera.

Address: Matsuyu Bldg.3F, 364 Gion, Kiyomoto-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
Telephone: 075-551-5101
Business Hours: 8:00am – 9:00pm. Open 365 days
Access: Keihan Gion Line to “Shijo”.Hankyu Line to “Karawaramachi”.
Fee: Varies, depending on your selection.



Gion Corner

Gion Corner, is a theater where you can enjoy 7 types of performing arts such as Kyogen classical comedy, Kyomai dance, Gagaku Imperial Court music, and koto (Japanese harp), all on a single stage. These performances are in bite-sized, 1-hour long sessions. There is also a Maiko Gallery, where videos of dances, the hair decorations worn by maiko dancers, and other items are on display.

Address: Yasaka Hall (north side of Gion’s Kaburenjo Hall) , Shijo Sagaru, Hanamikoji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
Telephone: 075-561-1119
Business Hours: 7:00pm-8:00pm
Closed: Dec 1st – End of Feb, Aug 16th
Access: Keihan Gion Line to “Shijo”.Hankyu Line “Karawaramachi”.
Fee: 3,150 yen

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Nishijin Textile Center

The Nishijin Textile Center, in Imadegawa, is a modern-style building where weaving demonstrations and textile exhibits are held. In addition to a kimono shows, performed 6 times a day, there are hand-weaving demonstrations and a display of historical materials. It is the perfect showcase for the gorgeous Nishijin textiles. Here you can also dress up as a maiko, or a geiko in a junihitoe, 12-layered kimono.  Please note that there is a charge for this.

Address: Imadegawa Minamiiru, Horikawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City
Telephone: 075-451-9231
Business Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Closed: Year End and New Year Holiday
Access: Subway Karasuma Line to “Imadegawa”.
Fee: Free

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