Kyoto by the Sea

Tango Chirimen Kimono Experience

Operating year-round

In northern Kyoto Prefecture, in the town of Yosano in the Tango region, people have long been producing Tango chirimen silk crepe for high-grade kimonos. Nowadays "Tango chirimen" itself is almost a synonym for luxury kimono. Along the Chirimen Kaido (or chirimen silk road), which flourished as a distribution center for the textile industry, there are still merchant family homes from the Meiji (1868-1912), Taisho (1912-1926), and Showa (1926-1989) eras. In particular, the Former Bito Family Home combines traditional styles with modern ones, leaving a strong impression of the city's prosperity from ages past.
You can experience wearing a kimono at the Former Bito Family Home, strolling streets from a different era (guide included) in a luxurious silk kimono. All the kimono here are made from Tango chirimen, and you get to choose the kimono of your liking. Lunch is served with the same cutlery used by people from bygone eras, and includes seasonal food, with a traditional main dish of bara-zushi (a type of traditional sushi made with rice, seafood, and vegetables). After lunch, you can take part in a series of classes, including wrapping items with a furoshiki (traditional wrapping cloth), tea ceremony, handweaving, bracelet braiding, and a tour of a Tango chirimen factory.

  • Price : 19,800 yen per person (tax included)
  • Date & Time : Operating year-round
    Closed: Unavailable during the Bon Festival (8/10-8/16)
  • Location : Former Bito Family Home


Date & Time
Operating year-round
Closed: Unavailable during the Bon Festival (8/10-8/16)
Max. Number of Participants
Minimum 1 person
19,800 yen per person (tax included)
Former Bito Family Home
1085 Kaya, Yosano-cho, Yoza District, Kyoto Prefecture
Bus: From Yosano Station on the Kyoto Tango Railway, take the Tankai bus, get off at "Chirimen Kaido" bus stop and walk for 1 mimute.

Car: From Kyoto Jukan Expressway, take the Tottori Toyooka Miyazu Expressway and exit from the Yoza-Amanohashidate Interchange towards National Route 176. Go south for 10 minutes.
Foreign Language Support
In Japanese only

Additional Notes

Included in the price: kimono, hadajiban (undergarment), nagajuban (under kimono), obi sash, obi sash cloth, obi sash knot, tabi (socks), zori (sandals), kimono acessories(collar stiffener, underwear, cotton or gauze underwear, waistband, hip band, date band, velcro belt, obi stiffener, obi pillow, korin belt), supporting towel
*Kimono rental (up to 4 hours) + wearing the kimono + lunch + guide explanation (about 1 hour) + furoshiki experience (about 30 mins) +tea experience (about 45 mins)
*Hairdressing (hair and makeup: 3000 yen per person) is not covered in the fee, but is recommended.