Kimono Experience in Aizu-Wakamatsu City

Kimono Experience in Aizu-Wakamatsu City

You can now try on yukata or kimono at Tsuruga Kimono Rental Shop, which opened in April 2019. Tsuruga Kimono Rental Shop is located on the second floor of Tsurugajo Kaikan, which is right next to Tsurugajo Castle in Aizu-Wakamatsu City.
Rent a kimono or yukata and take photos with friends and family in front of the castle, or venture a bit further to the historical Nanokamachi-dori Street to feel like you have stepped back in time.
Come and make some great memories in Aizu-Wakamatsu City!

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttps://aizu-kimono-rental-tsuruga.com/english/
Contact

Tsuruga Kimono Rental Shop

(+81) 90-2361-6411

info@sozaihiroba.net

Best SeasonAll Year
ParkingPlease use the Tsurugajo Kaikan parking lot
Related infoShop Reception Opening Hours:
Apr. to Nov. 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Dec. to Mar. 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Kimono and yukata must be returned by 16:00 unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

Renting a Kimono or Yukata
There are rental kimono and yukata available for both men and women (200 varieties). There are also accessories (such as traditional bags or hair decorations) that can be borrowed for a set fee. It takes around 15 minutes to put on your kimono or yukata. You can leave your baggage in Tsuruga Kimono Rental Shop while you explore the city.

Kimono / Yukata Rental Fees
Kimono / yukata rental fee prices range from 3,800 yen to 8,000 yen per person, depending on the style and season.
Access Details
AccessTsurugajo Kaikan 2F, Ote-machi 4-47, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref.
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Getting there

Located inside Tsurugajo Kaikan, near the North Gate of Tsurugajo Castle.

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A wakeboard shop located on the northwest shore of Lake Inawashiro in Fukushima Prefecture. It offers easy access from the Kanto region, bypassing major traffic congestion. Individuals and beginners are welcome. A specialized beginner's course is available, allowing even first-timers to enjoy their time on the water, and all necessary equipment can be rented. Bookings can be made even for 1 person. Why not spend a day enjoying the beautiful, clear waters of Lake Inawashiro, one of the most breathtaking lakes in Japan?

The World Glassware Hall
Cultural Experiences

Mitsuishi Shrine (Three Stones Shrine)

The Mitsuishi Shrine (Three Stones Shrine) is located a short 10-minute walk from Tadami Station in Tadami Town. Ichinoiwa, Ninoiwa and Saniwa are the three large stones that have spritual significance.  Ichinoiwa (the first stone) is thought to improve intelligence, Ninoiwa (the second stone) is thought to improve eyesight, and Saniwa (the third stone) is thought to improve connections with others, particularly romantic love. The Saniwa is a popular place to visit for those who are hoping to get married someday. To reach the shrine there is a short hike through dense forest, so it is recommended that visitors wear shoes that are easy to walk in.

The World Glassware Hall
Cultural Experiences

Tsukimigaoka Chomin Center

Tsukimigaoka Chomin Center (a town hall-turned-hotel which is only a 20-minute walk from Aizu Yanaizu Station) is known for their famous sauce katsudon lunch. This dish contains fried pork cutlet and a simple egg omelet on rice which is covered with a savory sauce that simply melts in your mouth. There are other places in Yanaizu that serve the katsudon dish as well, but according to local opinion, the katsudon at Yanaizu Chomin Center is hard to beat. Why not stop by and fill your stomach before taking in the other local sights? There are even some great shared hot spring baths, which can be enjoyed as day visit onsen. There are plenty of nearby attractions. Enjoy your time hiking or fishing or at the nearby Kiyoshi Saito Museum of Art or the beautiful and serene Enzoji Temple. Kiyoshi Saito Museum of Art houses works by esteemed woodblock artist Kiyoshi Saito and the beautiful works he created throughout his lifetime. At the Enzoji Temple experience tranquility and nature, also learn about the origin legend of the akabeko, the nodding red cow famous in the area. And only a 15-minute drive away you can look at the No. 1 Tadami River Bridge View Spot; this bridge offers a spectacular sight of the Tadami River and the surrounding nature.

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