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How to Wear a Yukata

What is a yukata?

A yukata is made of light cotton and is very comfortable. When the weather gets colder, there is a special coat worn over the yukata.

In Kinosaki Onsen, it is tradition for visitors to wear a yukata during their stay. It is a common sight to see people out shopping, eating at restaurants, and strolling through the town while wearing yukata. To complete the look, slip on a pair of geta (Japanese wooden sandals) provided by your ryokan. If you find geta difficult, it is OK to walk in flatter sandals or your shoes. Yukata were originally worn as a bathrobes. In Japan currently, a yukata is generally worn only as a summer garment, and there are few regions where yukata is worn traditionally as bathrobes all year round. But in Kinosaki Onsen, it is possible to experience all-year-round the authenticity of wearing a yukata as a bathrobe while visiting the various onsens in town.

Each ryokan has their own distinct pattern of yukata, which they provide for their guests. Some ryokans offer more colorful yukata which can be rented out for a separate price.

See what it is like to wear a yukata in Kinosaki

Yukata Experience in Kinosaki Onsen

During your stay in Kinosaki Onsen, you can wear the standard yukata of the ryokan at which you are staying. Some ryokans offer more colorful yukata which can be rented out for a separate price.

For day trip guests and for guests looking for more stylish options, a yukata rental service is available at IROHA Yukata Shop & Rental in the heart of Kinosaki Onsen. IROHA offers many designs to choose from and sells yukata as well. To make an appointment at IROHA Yukata Shop & Rental, please see our Online IROHA Yukata Rental Service.


IROHA Shop & Yukata Details


While spending a day in Kinosaki and in yukata is a wonderful experience, we highly recommend spending the night to truly immerse yourself in the true culture of the town.


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How to put on a ryokan yukata

  • 1. Put on the yukata with undergarments worn below.

  • 2. First wrap the right side of the yukata around to your left hip. Then wrap the left side over the right. Make sure the bottom of the yukata comes down to your ankle and is even length on both sides.

  • 3. Holding the yukata closed, wrap the sash around yourself two to three times. Leave enough length to tie a bow.
    *Women: Tie the sash at your waist.
    *Men: Tie the sash at your hips.

  • 4. Tie the sash into a bow. You can wear the bow in front of you or twist it to the back.

How to put on a color yukata

  • 1. Slip on the yukata and take the front of both sides. Pull the yukata out and up in front of you. The bottom of the yukata should be just above your ankles.
    *Best to wear undergarments under the yukata.

  • 2. Keeping the desired length, first wrap the right side of the yukata around to your left hip. Then wrap the left side over the top of the right and to your right hip.

  • 3. Holding the yukata closed take the thinner cord and wrap it around your hips, securing the yukata closed. The excess fabric should hang over the cord. Check the bottom of the yukata to make sure the lengths are even.

  • 4. Slip your hands through the slits in the yukata, these are where the sleeves meet the body of the yukata. Tighten the top of the yukata around your neck and chest from the inside. Tug the fabric that’s at your waist, over the cord so that it lies flat, this will create a fold of fabric that hangs over the cord.

  • 5. Take the sash (obi) and hold it up to your stomach. Take a short length of one end of the sash, about the length from your stomach to just over your shoulder, and fold that in half, leaving the remainder of the sash unfolded. Wrap the unfolded sash around your body, just above your waist.

  • 6. Wrap it about 2 times around. Leave some length to make the bow. Tightly tie together the ends of sash. Keep this in front.

  • 7. Make an “accordion” fold with the longer end of the sash. Then grab and pinch it in the middle.

  • 8. Holding the pinched sash against your stomach, wrap the other end of the sash around the center of folded bow shaped fabric. Go over and down, then under and up.

  • 9. Tuck the end under the sash that is wrapped around your stomach to hold the bow in place. If some of the sash sticks out, tuck it under the sash that’s wrapped around the waist.

  • 10. Lastly, twist the bow into the back. Grab a bag and pair of geta (Japanese wooden sandals) from the front desk before you go out to complete the look.

Don't be a victim to yukata fashion no nos...

  • Do not cross the right side of the yukata above the left. This is how Japanese traditionally dress the dead in yukata.

  • Stay classy. Keep the top of the yukata tightly closed around your neck and chest.

  • Avoid embarrassing exposure, keep the bottom of the yukata tightly wrapped. If it’s windy, keep one hand on your yukata’s opening.

For more information and help on how to wear a yukata, please check out this guidance video. There are step by step instructions in English.
How To Wear a Yukata (Video)

  • There are businesses located throughout the town, about 30 in total, that will help you to fix your yukata if it starts to lose its form while you walk around the town. Just look for this sign.
  • Please leave your yukata in your room when you are ready to checkout.​