593-2 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima
Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
Closed: Irregular holidays
Step through Miyajima’s historic sites looking like a beauty from the past. Miyajima Momiji No Ga offers a broad range of elegant kimonos to rent including tsubo-shozoku, the style of traveling clothes worn by noblewomen a thousand years ago. Dressed for the role, it is easy to fantasize living in the past while exploring historic locales like Daisho-in Temple and Momijidani Park. Prospective cute time travelers should make a reservation in advance. The price varies by the style of clothes you choose. Walking like a Heian princess through the temple or park costs 6,600 yen (male 8,800 yen) while a normal kimono is 7,700 yen and 6,050 yen respectively. Miyajima Momiji No Ga also has indoor experiences for rainy days and helps people arrange big events like weddings at Daisho-in Temple.
They also sell hand-crafted Lian Miyajima kimono bags. The bags are made from 30 to 50 year old kimono sashes called “obi” and fabrics sourced from France and Italy. The wooden decorations are carved from trees like black persimmon and Japanese cyprus using techniques handed down to Miyajima craftsmen from the Edo period. They are more than cute bags, but heirlooms to pass from mother to daughter – a truly unique momento from a singularly unique island.