- How we booked 12 FREE tickets to Japan
- The perfect starter card to travel for nearly free
- The mad rush to get ready for Japan
- Flying ANA + our first few hours in Tokyo
- How to book a large AirBNB for a big group
- One day in Tokyo
- All Things Osaka
- Kyoto AirBNB for 19? No problem!
- Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine
To make sure you’re all caught up with my Japan blog entries, start here:During our Starbucks break, a few of us decided to go to Okamoto, one of the kimono rental stores, and have pictures taken with this traditional Japanese attire. I didn’t want to do it at first, but I figured, why not? We’re in Japan and how often do we get to do this. Six of us dressed up. This was a process.- we were all separated- the guys and ladies had to go to a separate dressing room- we picked our own outfits- we had someone assigned to each of us to dress us from head to toe.The dressing up process itself took over 20 minutes. For the ladies, they also had an option to get their hair done. For me and Nancy, this was a cost of around $90 total. I thought kimonos were just these big robes. But for me, there were different layers of clothing (3-4 plus straps around our waist). It was a feat to dress up. Six of us rented kimonos (3 couples). Nancy and I, my in-laws, Kuya Nelson and Ate Tonie, and Rovee and Armily. To be perfectly honest, we all had a great time dressing up. It’s not that often that we get to do this, and dressing up in Kyoto seemed like the perfect opportunity. You could imagine the hundreds of pictures that we took. We walked outside the streets in our kimonos. It didn’t feel awkward at all. Many others did it. We also went to Maccha House for some excellent green tea treats (uji maccha tiramisu and ice cream). We got to mingle with the rest of the family.