Kimono is a traditional culture of Japan, and the national costume to be proud of in the world.
Ome Kimono Museum has more than 500 costume such as Imperial Household ones and antique ones, and replaces and introduces them to visitors every season.
Especially well-received 〔The Imperial Household Costume Exhibition〕 of every spring displays the costumes in connection with the Emperor Meiji(1852-1912) and the Emperor Taisho featuring the ones which was worn by the former members of the Imperial Family, His Highness Prince Nashimoto(1819-1881) and Her Highness Princess Itsuko, to attend the enthronement ceremony of the Emperor Taisho.
〔Hamao Memorial Room〕 of this museum in connection with the Imperial Household including the child costumes made by the Empress Michiko, which was worn by the Crown Prince in his childhood, and precious photographs of Emperor Showa with Minoru Hamao and the Crown Prince with him. These exhibits were donated by Minoru Hamao, who served from 1951 to 1971 as the chamberlain of the Imperial Household to the Emperor, the Crown Prince and His Highness Prince Aishino.
About antique costume, we have ones of samurai, luxurious uchikake(long over garments) okugata (a wife a man of high rank) worn, bridal costumes, armors, spears and so on.
Moreover this museum is located in the center of Yoshino-baigo, the most famous place for ume(plum) flowers in Kanto area.
In Yoshino-baigo 25,000 ume trees are bloom early in the spring, it is blessed with the abundant nature and is visited as an annex, as to Tokyo by a lot of people.
＊These ume trees were almost cut in order to prevent plume pox virus(2009-2013).
To get to the museum, get off the JR Ome Line at Hinatawada Station (日向和田駅) and it’s about a 15 minute walk. There is also free parking nearby.(MAP)
＊We are closed from Dec to Feb.