Kyoto - Discover kimono culture, its fabric and patterns at an antique kimono shop

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Discover kimono culture, its fabric and patterns at an antique kimono shop

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(15 reviews)
Eastern Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
30 mins

About the tour

Join us on this virtual experience for an in-depth journey into the culture of the kimono! Today kimono, Japanese ethnic clothing and its fabrics, are common sights in fashion the world over. In this experience, we'll visit an antique kimono shop, browse inside, and learn about kimono and its history. You'll discover how the fabrics and kimonos are made, what specific patterns mean, and more.

Meet Ken's Tours Kyoto

Ken's Tours Kyoto

Founder of local tour agency, "Ken's Tours Kyoto", which is located in the eastern Kyoto. Have guided over 3000 clients just for 3 years since 2016 and earned 1100 of 5 stars on Airbnb and TripAdvisor. 99% of clients gave full score review. Have been ranked and awarded as a guide in the Japan's top 30 on TripAdvisor. Also working as a local fixer in Kyoto for shooting pv, movie, TV drama. Ken speaks of the history and culture of Kyoto with a passion that would make you think he’s a lifelong resident of Japan’s historical former capital city. But the self-described country boy has followed a road with more than a few interesting twists and turns via Canada and America as he has made his way from Fukushima prefecture, where he was born and raised, to Kyoto.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Kyoto with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Kyoto. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Marie P.

06 July 2021

Interesting information about kimono. Thank you.

Gill C.

05 July 2021

Such a unique and fun tour. Ken always does brilliant tours!

Lisa R.

04 July 2021

Ken's Kimono tour is a perfect companion to guide Eriko's Kimono fitting tour. Antique Kimono as well as some more current ones. Ken's energy is wonderful and the store is so accommodating. I am so glad I stayed up late to enjoy this one.

Gail (Seattle) O.

03 July 2021

I got the impression this may have been the first visit to the kimono shop. Not sure if they expected him, but it seemed a bit scattered of a tour. Occasionally the English was a bit difficult to understand especially if Ken was bending over or microphone not picking up voice clearly.

Vince L.

03 July 2021

Another great tour with Ken, his manner and positivity is infectious, can’t wait to join him again!

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