Do you know when you can see kimono people in Japan and where?

Do you know when you can see kimono people in Japan and where?

Japan is famous for its kimonos, but we don’t have many opportunities to see them in our daily lives.

And foreign tourists may be disappointed when they come to Japan.

However, there are times when you can see kimono, so let me introduce them to you.

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Time of the year

If you go to Shinto Shrines and Buddha temples during below period, you will come across kimono people for sure!

1: New Year’s Day. 1-3rd January. A national holiday.

New Year’s is also the most important festival in Japan.

New Years days

The period is January 1-3, but you can see kimono people on the streets until about the 10th.

A lot of people wear kimonos and go out to pay their respects to the gods and Buddha.

So you can always see them in this period.

In Tokyo, shrines and temples such as Meiji Shrine and Sensoji Temple are the places for New Year’s visits.

Then you can always see kimono.

2: Coming-of-Age Day.2nd Monday of January. A national holiday.

The second Monday of January. A national holiday. Many people who are about to turn 20 go out in kimonos.

Coming of Age day

I think this is the most beautiful time for women to dress up.

You will see them at shrines and temples, as well as their 20-year-old friends having fun together in the streets.

The period from second Saturday , Sunday and Monday is the chance to see them.

3: Hina matsuri( girls festival).3rd March

March 3rd. This is a girl’s festival.

Cute girls are out with their families in kimonos.

Hina matsuri, girls festival

Especially at shrines and temples, theme parks, and shopping malls, there are always Hina Matsuri events going on, so you can see girls in kimonos.

4: Children’s Day.5th May. A national holiday.

This day used to be a boy’s festival, but now it is a festival for all children.

You can especially see little boys wearing kimonos like samurai.

Children’s day

5: Summer Festival.The weekends in mid-July until the end of August.

In Japan, there are many summer festivals during this period.

Most of them are held on weekends, with fireworks at night.

Summer festival

At this time, you can see many people wearing summer kimono ‘yukata’ to enjoy the fireworks. Yokata is made by cotton.

6: Shichi-Go-San (Seven-Five-Three years old festival ).15th November

November 15, a day for families to celebrate children turning 3, 5, and 7 years old.

If you go to shrines and temples in November, you can see them.

7,5,3 years old celebration

If you are planning to come to Japan, please check out the above schedule.


Regardless of the time of year, kimono-clad people are often seen walking around in places where traditional Japanese streets still remain.



Around Sensoji Temple, you can always see people in kimono, both Japanese and foreigners.

Foreign tourists enjoy renting kimonos.



Old city of feudal age shogunate.One hour by train from Tokyo.

Once you get off the train at Kamakura station, you can see kimono-clad people all the way to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.



This is the well-known ancient capital of Japan. There are about 2000 shrines and temples, so you can always see people in kimono.

If you have a chance to travel Japan, check out them. I’m Nobu, one heart enjoy together!!!

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