Kyoto is one of the best places to explore in yukata. Yukata is a traditional Japanese garment and a great way to experience Japanese culture. Kyoto has many historical shrines and temples and beautiful scenery to enjoy. This article introduces recommended date spots in Kyoto where you can go wearing a yukata. We will also introduce some tips for enjoying a yukata date and the charm of each spot. So, put on your yukata and enjoy the charms of Kyoto.
Points for enjoying a yukata date
Nice to meet you, everyone. This time, I would like to talk about the points to enjoy a yukata date in Kyoto.
The first is a tip on how to wear a yukata. When wearing a yukata, it is important to fasten it tightly with an obi to prevent it from falling apart. Tie the yukata obi at the level of the hip bone for a good balance. The hem of the yukata should be slightly longer than the ankle. It is easier to walk in geta or zori if you are accustomed to wearing them.
The second is to choose patterns and colors that match the season. Cool light blue or white is recommended for summer, and red or yellow patterns are great for fall to give a sense of the season.
Finally, there is comfortable walking and manners. Kyoto is a tourist destination, so it is important to have good manners as well as a pleasant walking style. It is advisable to walk with your heels up to give a light impression. Manners are also important. Do not stand in the roadway, avoid taking pictures in crowded places, and so on.
If you keep these points in mind, you will be able to enjoy your yukata date to the fullest. Next, I would like to talk about Kiyomizu Temple.
First of all, in order to enjoy a yukata date in Kyoto, it is important to keep in mind the tips on how to wear a yukata, how to choose patterns and colors that match the season, and how to walk comfortably and with good manners. This way, you can enjoy your trip in comfort.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of Kyoto’s most famous tourist attractions. It is visited by numerous worshippers, many of whom are dressed in kimonos. The highlight of Kiyomizu-Dera Temple is the Kiyomizu-no-Butai (stage of Kiyomizu) in front of the main hall. The massive stone stage supported by 13-meter-high pillars is a sight to behold.
A yukata and Kiyomizu-Dera are a perfect match. Walking along the stone-paved pathway along the river, the scenery of Kiyomizu-dera Temple and yukata match each other and look very beautiful. Also, the special nighttime viewing held in the summer is a perfect event to see Kiyomizu-dera Temple illuminated with lights and wearing yukata.
From Kiyomizu-dera Temple, you can see a panoramic view of the city of Kyoto, and it is also a great chance to take wonderful photos in yukata. However, it is best to avoid the crowded times of the day, as the place attracts many worshippers.
There are also souvenir stores and restaurants around Kiyomizu-dera Temple. We recommend enjoying your souvenir selection or taking a break at a sweet shop. If you are looking for a date spot that is uniquely Kyoto, Kiyomizu Temple is the perfect place for you.
The Gion area is one of Kyoto’s most popular tourist destinations and home to many date spots. During the hot and humid summer months, banquets are held to showcase the Hyakunin Isshu (100 poems), which can be savored at liquor stores.
Not only that, but the Gion Festival is also held every year, and many participants gather at the festival to enjoy the festivities in matching yukata. Of course, wearing a yukata and strolling around this Gion area is one of the most wonderful dates you can have.
In addition to the Hyakunin Isshu, the Gion area is home to a number of charming liquor stores and izakayas, where you can enjoy traditional dishes that have been handed down since the Edo period, as well as delicious food made with locally grown vegetables and fruits. Furthermore, one of the best parts of a yukata date is to visit matchmaking shrines and pray for romantic fulfillment in yukata during the Gion Festival.
The Gion area has long been loved by many people and is one of Kyoto City’s most famous tourist destinations. If you want to enjoy a yukata date, be sure to visit the Gion area.
There are many recommended spots for a yukata date in Arashiyama, Kyoto, including Bamboo Grove Path, Togetsu Bridge, and Daikakuji Temple.
The path through the bamboo grove is cool even in summer, and the sound of leaves rustling in the wind and trunks crashing against each other is also charming.
The Wataratsukibashi Bridge shows various faces in spring, summer, fall, and winter, and is a perfect place to take pictures in yukata (light cotton kimono).
Daikakuji Temple is also famous for its beautiful autumn foliage, which can be seen in the fall.
A trolley train ride and a river cruise date are also recommended. The bamboo grove is also beautiful, and is a good place to take commemorative photos in yukata.
However, since it is a popular tourist spot, visitors who do not like crowds should be careful. To avoid the crowds, we recommend going early in the morning.
For a yukata date around Kinkakuji Temple, we recommend the Kinkakuji Temple itself, as well as Rikaenji Shariden, Ryoanji Temple, and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, all of which are within walking distance from Kinkakuji Temple.
The beauty and charm of Kinkakuji Temple will astound anyone who sees it.
It is a beautiful building, registered as a World Heritage site, and is a perfect place to take pictures in yukata. Above all, the Kinkakuji floats on Kagamiko Pond, a typical Japanese garden, and its graceful yet majestic appearance will overwhelm you.
The Shariden Hall of Rokuonji Temple is also registered as a World Heritage Site, as is Kinkakuji Temple, and is famous for its beautiful autumn foliage.
Ryoanji Temple has a beautiful garden, which is also called “Ryoufu no Niwa” (garden of cool breeze) because of the cool breezes that blow through it in summer.
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is illuminated at night, creating a fantastic atmosphere.
And near the Golden Pavilion, there are many cafes where you can taste green tea sweets. It is nice to enjoy tea and sweets in yukata (light cotton kimono). If you visit Kinkaku, please enjoy a relaxing time.
Shrine and Temple Tour
Our list of yukata date spots in Kyoto ends with a fitting shrine and temple tour. Kyoto is home to many religious and devotional sites. These can be seen against the backdrop of a more beautiful history and rich culture.
Honen-in Temple is an urban retreat and sanctuary for people of different races and faiths. This temple is designed for the body to find rest and peace. It is one of the best places to visit in yukata while enjoying the charm of the historical buildings.
Fushimi Inari Taisha is known for its long approach to the shrine, which is based on a spring in Kyoto and passes in front of a red torii gate. Following the divine will, many people visit the shrine to make wishes to ward off bad luck, run a business, and so on. Visitors wearing yukata (light cotton kimono) can enjoy the mystical atmosphere as they tour the temple.
Sanjusangendo is a valuable structure built in the 17th century from the Heian period to the Showa period. It is also famous as the place where Hideyoshi held the “Eimei no Chakai” tea ceremony, inviting especially the feudal lords of one art and another, before he retired from his official position as Kanpaku. Wear a yukata (Japanese bathrobe) and enter through the old wooden doors for an inspiring experience.
Visiting temples and shrines is an easy way to find harmony and peace of mind. Visiting temples and shrines, each with its own unique character, is an encounter with a rich past and beliefs. And when you wear a yukata and tour temples and shrines, you will feel as if you are a part of Kyoto’s history.
Wearing a yukata is the perfect choice for the most romantic date in Kyoto. With kimono rentals, you can tour famous tourist spots such as Kiyomizu-dera and Kinkaku-dera, or enjoy taking pictures at Wataratsuki Bridge and bamboo groves in Arashiyama. We also recommend visiting stores and participating in festivals in the Gion area. Choose patterns and colors according to the season and enjoy your own style. Kyoto