Photoshoot as an Exotic Japanese Oiran in Kyoto

Oiran was Japanese courtesan (“escort”) who were elegantly dressed in an extravagant kimono and entertained only rich chosen men with traditional Japanese arts. There is even a movie called “Sakuran” about the life of a girl becoming an Oiran. They are characterized by their gorgeous kimono with vibrant colors worn in a sexy way and their glamorous makeup.  Even though Oiran no longer exists in Japan, people still appreciate their gorgeous appearance. Experiencing the dress-up as an Oiran is a very popular attraction in Kyoto for both Japanese and foreign visitors. The photos and the photo album you get from the photoshoot will be a great memory and souvenir of Kyoto.


There are three main photo studios in Kyoto where you can get make up and dress up as an Oiran, and get a private photo shoot either individually, with friends or with your partner. The photos will be taken by professional photographers so you will feel like you are an actress or a model.


Three Biggest Photo Studios

All three studios offer similar plans within a similar price range. All the offered plans include hair & makeup, dressing in at least one kimono, and a photo session by a professional photographer and some printed photos. Depending on the plan, you can try out two types of kimono, you can choose more booths to get a photoshoot in and you can get more printed pictures, albums or data of all the photos. You should have some idea of how many photos you want to pick, how many kimonos you want to try on, whether you want the data of all the photos taken in the photoshoot, whether you want a photo album or just some printed photos. This should help you choose a plan quickly. All of the studios offer information in English on their website. They are all located in a different area in Kyoto so you may want to choose one that is close to your destinations. All of the studios offer sample pictures on their website, so you can also take a look at them and decide which one you want to try out.


Studio Kokoro


This studio is located in the Arashiyama area in Kyoto. If you are going to Sagano/Arashiyama area, you might want to also get your photoshoot there. They offer basic plans, original oiran card plans, a multiple kimonos plan and a full package plan in the following price range:


Price:                     11,000 yen ~ 31,500 yen (+tax)

Phone:             075-882-05089 (9:00am – 9:00pm)


Address:              3-18 B1, Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8385, Japan

Hours:                   9:00~17:00 (last admission)




Esperanto – Kokoro Kyoto Okazaki Studio


This studio is located near Heian Shrine, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, as well as Nanzenji Temple. There are more sightseeing spots within walking distance so it is a very convenient location. They offer two main plans, Kokoran plan and New Oiran Plan. Each main plan has three or four different plans depending on the number of photos, kimonos and photo booths that you want pick. They also offer a plan for couples.


Price:                    13,500 yen ~ 34,000 yen (+tax)

Phone:                   075-754-0770 (9:00am – 9:00pm)


Address:   53-37 Awataguchi Toriichō, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 606-8436

Hours:                   9:00~17:00 (last admission)




Kokoro – Hanashizuku



This studio is just a 2-minute walk from the Keihan Line Gion Shijo Station. If you are planning on going to the tourist hot spots of Gion and Shijo, this can be a convenient option. Their plans are called SUMIRE, BOTAN and KOCHORAN.  They also have two plans for couples. You can make a reservation online on their website. The price is very reasonable since it is 22,000 for choosing two kimonos and choosing 7 pictures and an album plus a CD with all data.

Price:                     11,000 yen ~ 22,000 yen (+tax)

Phone:                    075-533-0075


Address:   3-273 , Miyagawasuji , Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi , Kyoto , 605-0801 , Japan

Hours:                    9:00~17:00 (last admission)



Enjoy the dramatic transformation into a glamorous Oiran and beautifully taken photos of yourself!!!! It will definitely be an unforgettable experience!!!

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