Monday, August 29, 2016

# Travel ♪ Become a Japanese Traditional Kimono Beauty in Asakusa! Aiwafuku Yukata and Kimono Rental Shop!

Become a Japanese Traditional Kimono Beauty
Yukata and Kimono Rental Shop in Asakusa - Aiwafuku

You must have seen people wearing their yukata or kimono and walking on streets in Japan. Have you ever thought about doing the same thing in your Japan trip? Do you know that there are more yukata and kimono rental shops in Japan that provide rental services to foreign visitors now. Today, we will transform you into a kimono beauty and experience traditional Asakusa in a different way!


Speaking of Asakusa, the famous street Nakamise-dori Street is a definitely must-visit spot. From stores that selling the traditional Japanese snacks like senbei (rice crackers) and Ningyo-yaki (small cakes) to all kinds of souvenirs, visitors enjoy shopping here before reaching the Sensoji Temple ahead. Among these shops, there is a yukata and kimono rental shop where you can find staff from Japan and Taiwan who can help you with Japanese, Chinese and simple English! This shop is called Aiwafuku!!


Aiwafuku

Actually Aiwafuku was introduced by many local media previously, for example, Morning Bird from TV Asahi, and magazine Zipper etc. By the way, there are 3 Aiwafuku shops near Asakusa Station. Don't worry you can't find it!


This time, we will take you to the shop right in front of Asakusa Station. Just 1 minute walk after getting off the train, you can find shops #2 and #3 in the same building on 2F and 3F!

Aiwafuku (Shops #2 and #3)
Address: 2-3F NW Building, 1-11-4 Hanakawado, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
Tel.: 03-6231-7554
Hours: 09:30 - 18:00
Holidays: Not fixed
Homepage (Price and Plan): http://aiwafuku.com/en_plan/
Reservation Page: http://aiwafuku.com/reservation/


This is shop #1 which is also just 1-minute walk from Asakusa Station.

Aiwafuku (Shops #1)
Address: 2F Tanihira Building, 1-13-12 Kawamo, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
Tel.: 03-6231-6658


This traditional building in Asakusa is actually the Tobu Asakusa Station!


How to find Aiwafuru shops #2 and #3?

2-minute walk from Exit 7 of Asakusa Station of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
1-minute walk from Asakusa Station of Tobu TOKYO SKYTREE Line
4-minute walk from Exit 5 of Asakusa Station of Toei Asakusa Line
8-minute walk from Asakusa Station of Tsukuba Express Line

3 Amazing Things About Aiwafuku

01. Huge Collections of Yukata and Kimono



Not just the patterns and styles, all kinds of sizes can be found. Selection of accessories that go with the rental yukata and kimono are great too. By the way, you can deposit your personal belongings here first.

02. Nice staff and services for foreign visitors



As we have mentioned, you can find staff from Taiwan working here too. So you can communicate with them in Chinese or simple English!

03. Small Surprises!


Look how nice the staff helped me to tie a Minnie Mouse at my back!

By the way, there is a 2+1 promotion now, so you can enjoy a better deal if going together with other 2 friends.

Kimono Rental Steps

01. Make a reservation in advance


You can make your reservation by phone, email or the official reservation page. Actually you can also make your reservation on the day you rent the kimono today. However, please note that there are chances that rental may not be available if you don' have advanced booking.

Reservation Q&A
Q: How to make reservation?
A: You can make you reservation by phone or online until the day before your rental day.
(Highly recommended you to make online reservation since there are more special promotion there!)
Tel.: 03-6231-7554
Reservation Page: http://aiwafuku.com/reservation/

Q: Can I change the number of people after making a reservation?
A: Sure. Just contact the shop by phone or email before 10:00am on the day before your rental day.

Q: Can I cancel my reservation?
Sure. Just contact the shop by phone or email before 10:00am on the day before your rental day.
(Please call during 09:30 - 18:00. Please make sure you received a confirmation email from the shop for your cancellation if you cancelled by sending them email.)

On the rental day, please check-in on 1F, then complete a simple form like filling out  your name, birthday, nationality, contact number etc. Please note that only CASH is accepted.

02. Choose your kimono


Look how many choices are there for you to choose!! Collections for ladies, men, and children in all sizes are available!

Please note: Hip size 110 cm max for ladies and 120 cm max for men are available.


After picking the kimono that you like, professional staff will help you to put on the kimono. Please forgive us that we can't show you the pictures while we are getting changed. Actually we wore many different pieces of clothing underneath to make the kimono looked better!! Lastly, pick a belt (Obi) that you like to complete the whole kimono look!


You can also add on some nice accessories to enhance the whole look.


Okay, now we are done! Just in a short time, we transformed into a kimono beauty!


Beside the cute Minnie Mouse style above, you can also ask staff to tie the belt in different ways, like a ribbon. This service is totally free!


03. Hairstyles to go with you Kimono look 


Of course we need to set our hair to match with our kimono look. Don't worry, at Aiwafuku, professional staff will help you to make a simple hairstyle to go with your look. Just pick the hair accessories that you like!


Transformation.........

04. Choose a bag and a pair of wooden sandals (Geta)





Just pick the style that you like to complete your kimono look!!


Okay, now our kimono beauty is ready! So how about our handsome guy?

Kimono for Men


Comparing to the selection for women, the patterns and styles for men are simpler. By the way, the staff will put on lots of towel underneath the kimono for men too to make the kimono looks better!


Okay, kimono handsome guy is ready too!


Tip: 2+1 Promotion

Do you know that you can enjoy a better deal if going together with other 2 friends?

If you come with other 2 friends, it only costs 3,300 yen per person. (Rental fee for one person is 5,400 yen!) You can save 2,100 yen per person!!

For other promotion, please check out their promotion page:
Homepage (Price and Plan): http://aiwafuku.com/en_plan/

Free luggage deposit service


You can deposit your personal belongings like bags and luggage at the shop, so you can enjoy Asakusa without carrying a lot of things!


You can keep your luggage until 17:00 of the rental day. Of course, valuable items like passport, money and mobile phones, it is better to keep them with you!

A Walk in Asakusa in Kimono


Just follow us!

01. Sumida Park


Just 3-minute walk from Aiwafuku, you can find this quieter place in Asakusa where you can take some good pictures in front of the TOKYO SKYTREE.

02. Take a Rickshaw Tour in Asakusa


You can rent a rickshaw and take a tour in Asakusa. However, the price is not that cheap.

Average price to hire a rickshaw:
2,000 yen per person per zone
3,000 yen per 2 persons per zone

03. Kaminari Mon


After taking some pictures at the Kaminari Mon, you can do some shopping at the Nakamise-dori Street too.

04. Nakamise-Dori Street



Beside shopping, you can also enjoy the atmosphere of the traditional style street in your kimono.

05. Buckwheat Noodles (Soba)


Delicious Soba and Tempura Set


Interesting photo spot in Asakusa.


Talked with foreign visitors who are interested in our kimono!


We had a great time here in Asakusa!

06. Japankuru Concierge Desk


Just opposite to Don-Quijote Asakusa, there is a tourists information center called Japankuru Concierge Desk where you can find staff who can speak Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean!

If you have any questions about traveling in Japan, please feel free to go there and ask!


JAPANKURU Concierge Desk
Address: 2-5-5 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00 - 19:00 (Tue to Sat)

07. Recommended Snacks



How about trying the Japanese shaved ice dessert to cool down in the hot summer.

Asakusa Amakara Dango
Address: 1F, 2-5-5 Asakusa, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00 - 20:00

08. Shopping time at Don-Quijote


You can find all kinds of products and souvenirs in this great store. Please note that tax-free service is available too.

Asakusa Don Quijote
Address: 2-10 Asakusa Taito-ku Tokyo, JAPAN, 111-0032

TEL: 03-5826-2511
Hours: Open 24 Hours
Holiday: none

Yukata and Kimono Rental Shop in Asakusa - Aiwafuku


We had a great time experiencing Asakusa in our kimono. Do you want to have this special experience just like us too?

Please note that the return time is at 16:30. If you want to extend the rental and return it the next day, you can contact the shop during your rental time or even let them know when you make your reservation. Just add 1,000 yen, you can return the kimono to them the next day before 16:30.

Next time when you come to Japan, you can also rent a yukata or kimono and experience Japan in a special way just like us!!

Aiwafuku (Shops #2 and #3)
Address: 2-3F NW Building, 1-11-4 Hanakawado, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
Tel.: 03-6231-7554
Hours: 09:30 - 18:00
Holidays: Not fixed
Homepage (Price and Plan): http://aiwafuku.com/en_plan/
Reservation Page: http://aiwafuku.com/reservation/

Access to Shop #2
2-minute walk from Exit 7 of Asakusa Station of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
1-minute walk from Asakusa Station of Tobu TOKYO SKYTREE Line
4-minute walk from Exit 5 of Asakusa Station of Toei Asakusa Line
8-minute walk from Asakusa Station of Tsukuba Express Line

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