We went on a date in Asakusa the other day wearing kimonos, and we enjoyed the date in a different mood than usual. It’s more refreshing to wear a kimono on a date than you might think!
In this article, I’ve summarized the details of the Asakusa date course that I took while wearing a kimono.
Walking around Asakusa in a kimono will give you a different kind of date! The three charms of a kimono date
I’ve actually listed some of the things I’ve liked about having a date in a kimono. I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a great way to get to know each other better.
Attraction 1: It’s a date with a different atmosphere
Even if you are always dressed up for a date, wearing a kimono will give you a different atmosphere. Kimonos are an easy way to enjoy a fresh atmosphere and make your date different from the usual.
Attraction 2: You can get excited about your date because you can make her look cute and cool
I often see couples where only the girlfriend wears a kimono, but I encourage men to try it too. If you wear a kimono on a date, you will feel more in love with each other than usual.
When you rent a kimono, you can also have your hair done, which will make you look even cuter. If you are a woman, you will be very excited to have a date with a cute guy. It also makes them more happy to see his cool side.
Attraction 3: You’ll take more pictures than usual, making the date more memorable
When you go on a date wearing a kimono, you will take more pictures than usual. It will be a date that will remain in your memory when you look back on it later and say, “That was a fun date wearing a kimono.
We also took more photos than usual on our kimono date.
Enjoy Asakusa in Kimono! One-day Date Plan
Asakusa is most crowded from around noon to evening. So, we recommend that you take your time and visit around Senso-ji Temple during one of the following times.
Morning to evening
From noon until the lights come up.
Some stores on Nakamise Dori start to close around 5:30pm. The opening hours vary from store to store, so it is recommended to check out the places you want to visit before you go.
First, go to a rental store to get dressed
We rented kimonos at Hanaka, which is right next to Asakusa Station. It’s only a 3-minute walk to Sensoji Temple, and has excellent access.
From the many kimonos, I chose a gorgeous yellow one. He chose a retro-style kimono with black vertical lines. When I told him that I was going to be mainly taking photos that day, he suggested colors that would look good in photos.
The point I would recommend this place is that the manager, who has a lot of experience, will make suggestions quickly and easily. From the time you go to the store to choose your kimono to the time you finish dressing, it takes about 30 minutes. It is especially difficult for women because there are so many things to choose from, but the fast-paced suggestions make the process go very smoothly.
I want to get dressed quickly and have more time to stroll around, and this is the place for you.
I also recommend that they take your photo after you finish dressing. With the Skytree right in front of the store, it’s a great way to capture the memories of the two of you.
A set of kimono rental for one day normally costs 6,000 yen, but for two to four people, the price is 3,300 yen per person (tax not included).
Click here to make a reservation: Reservation｜Hanaka
Access and Business Hours
Asakusa Station” on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei Asakusa Line, and Tobu Line
Room 602, Corpo Hanakawado, 1-2-8 Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: 9:30 – 18:30 (irregular holidays)
Kimono can be returned until 18:00.
Shooting photogenic photos at Sensoji Temple
Having been successfully dressed, we first headed to Senso-ji Temple. I’m going to take some pictures that are typical of Asakusa.
I wanted to take this picture at Sensoji! This is the one I wanted to take.
The temple is always crowded, but because it is so large, there are places where there are not so many people. Don’t give up and try to find a place where you can take a picture.
Omikuji is a must when you visit Senso-ji Temple.
Paying a visit
It was very crowded, but we were able to pay our respects.
Eating on Nakamise Street
What I was really looking forward to on this day was walking around Nakamise Dori to eat.
This is the first time I’ve ever been to Japan.
The sticky rice cakes and the sweet and spicy sauce are excellent. It was the most delicious thing I ate on this trip.
Address: 1-20-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (9th house from Kaminarimon)
Opening hours: 10:00 – 17:30 (but closes when sold out)
Asakusa Menchi is a delicious, well-seasoned food. I felt it was even more delicious because Nakamise Street sells a lot of sweet things.
Store: Asakusa Menchi
Address: 2-3-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 10:00 – 19:00
Closed: Open all year round
There are many stores in Asakusa that sell fried steamed buns, but I recommend this one because it has a large variety and you can buy them for as little as 120 yen each.
Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 9:00 – 19:00
Closed: Open all year round
Circumnavigating Asakusa on a houseboat with a kimono-suited look
If you wore a kimono that day, you were invited onto a yakatabune for free!
While I was idly gazing at the Sumida River, I could see the Sky Tree…! This is the first time I’ve seen it.
Not an event that is held every day, but Asakusa seems to have an event where you can get a discount or even free if you are wearing a kimono, so you might be able to save some money on your date.
Regardless of special events, you can usually take the water bus from Asakusa.
From Asakusa, you can go to Odaiba or Hamarikyu. The round trip is about 2000 yen. You can also get off the bus once and come back to Asakusa.
Reference: Asakusa｜Tokyo cruise
Bentendo at Sensoji Temple
Sensoji Temple is always crowded, but we took a short break at Benten-do across the street.
It’s a great place for a date because there are fewer people here and the air is more peaceful. We had a leisurely chat while eating some college potatoes we bought on Nakamise Street.
Touring around the illuminated Sensoji Temple
In the evening, Sensoji Temple is beautifully lit up. If you have time before returning your kimono, be sure to take a look at the illuminated Senso-ji.
The temple is lit up with soft orange light, which is very romantic.
What to do on a Kimono Date in Asakusa
1. You can’t move around as much as you normally would, so give yourself plenty of time
A date wearing a kimono that is different from usual. You may not be able to walk as fast or climb as many stairs as you would like. It is also easy to get tired, so make sure to allow plenty of time.
You can spend the whole day playing around Senso-ji Temple, so I recommend renting a kimono from the morning until the evening and taking your time.
2. Take plenty of breaks. The crowds tend to drain your energy
Senso-ji Temple is always crowded. Especially from noon to evening on holidays, it is so crowded that it is difficult to proceed along Nakamise Dori.
It is easy to get tired, so be sure to take plenty of breaks.
Summary: Dating in kimono in Asakusa is a lot of fun!
This date in Asakusa with kimono was a very fun and memorable day.
I really recommend it to anyone who wants to have a date that is a little different from the usual. Seeing her looking so cute and him looking so cool will definitely make you fall in love with her.
Here is the website of Hanaka where we rented: Hanaka