Kimono Dressing in a Century-Old Ryokan Inn

An Exciting New Place to Experience Kimono

2H ¥2,500~ Culture
More than 1.5H from Tokyo

"While Kyoto is the most famous producer of kimono textiles, it’s far from the only one in Japan. Nestled amidst spectacular mountains, kimono textiles have also been crafted in the Chichibu region for around 2,000 years.

Sericulture, the cultivation of silkworms for silk production, flourished in mountainous regions like Chichibu where rice cultivation was limited. Initially, silk was used as clothing for commoners, with stronger varieties prized by warriors. Over time, advancements in design gave rise to Chichibu meisen silk, renowned for its beauty and popularized nationwide from the Taisho to early Showa period (1912-1945) as fashionable attire for women.

Textile work, including sericulture, employed about 70% of Chichibu's population during this period, establishing it as the region's primary industry. In the charming old highway town of Ogano is the over 100-year-old Suzaki Ryokan, which offers a kimono dressing experience to let visitors partake in this cherished tradition.

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Chichibu meisen silk holds the prestigious designation of a National Traditional Craft. It differs slightly from the traditional image of a kimono, with some likening it more to a one-piece dress.

The meticulous craftsmanship involves dyeing silk threads before weaving to form intricate patterns, resulting in remarkable designs and textures. Revel in the beauty and artistry of Chichibu meisen as you admire its stunning patterns and exquisite feel.

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After donning a meisen kimono, take a stroll through the historic streets of Ogano and visit Jurin-ji Templeーperfect places to snap photos. The intricate patterns and vibrant colors of the meisen kimono are designed to complement the natural beauty and streetscape of Chichibu. This itinerary is ideal for those who are genuinely interested in experiencing authentic kimono.

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After the kimono experience, you can also tuck into local seasonal Japanese sweets with matcha or coffee (optional, starting from an additional 800 yen).

Suzaki Ryokan, Japanese Inn
Established in 1907 and boasting 117 years of history, this well-established ryokan inn exudes a nostalgic Taisho-era charm. Indulge in cuisine rich with regional specialties, unwind in hot springs, and enjoy guest rooms scented with the fragrance of Sayama tea, a local tea variety from Saitama.

For accommodation plans, please refer to the following link:


1815 Ogano, Ogano-machi, Chichibu-gun, Saitama 368-0105 Japan

Access Information

Take a bus from Seibu-Chichibu Station (via Shako/Shiritsu Byoin) to Ogano-machi…Suzaki Ryokan

Phone number


Business hours

Regular holidays and closed days

Confirmation required.


Meisen Kimono Dressing: From ¥2,500

Parking Information

Free; accommodates 20 cars.


Reservations are required for both kimono dressing and Japanese sweets by 6:00 PM the day before.

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