Everything About Hanten Jackets | 5 Best Picks

Japanese Hanten Coats or Hanten jackets are the perfect fall piece for those living in colder climates. Whether your style is rugged and outdoorsy or more polished, there's a hanten jacket out there that will fit right into your wardrobe.

What is a Japanese Hanten, Hanten Coat or Hanten Jacket?

Hanten jackets are a type of coat or jacket that is made from cotton and/or synthetic fibers. They're often long, with an attached hood, and come in different colors, sizes & designs. Hanten jackets can be worn by both men and women for any occasion - they can be seen on the streets of Tokyo to hiking trails in Colorado. Whether you need to dress up your outfit or protect yourself from the cold weather, hanten jackets will do it all! 


Nowadays, there are many companies offering hanten jackets due to its popularity amongst consumers; however, in this post we'll provide you with 5 of our best picks for hanten coats. These choices were selected based of the jacket's high-quality, craftsmanship, durability & comfort. 

What’s so good about the Hanten?

There are so many things that make the Hanten a great jacket - from its traditional design to its high-quality construction.

Some of our favorite things about the hanten jacket include:

Its versatility - the hanten can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

Its comfort & warmth - hanten jackets are great for layering, but also keep you warm on their own.

Its traditional design - hantens can be traced back to the Edo period (1600-1868) during the rule of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

It comes in different colors & sizes - you can find hanten coats in almost any color imaginable, from bold reds and oranges to classic blacks & navies.

It’s durable - hantens are made from high-quality cotton which is known to be a strong fiber that can withstand repeated wearing & washing!

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What are Hanten made of?

Hanten are generally made out of cotton and/or synthetic fibers. If you're looking for a high-quality, durable hanten jacket, then be sure to look for one that is made from cotton!


Cotton is a natural fiber that is known for its strength and durability. Cotton is a wonderful material for warmth and smoothness of touch. Cotton hanten jackets are perfect for those who are looking for a jacket that will last!

Synthetic Fibers:

Synthetic fibers are man-made and often used to make cheaper hanten jackets. While they may not be as durable as those made from cotton, synthetic fibers are often lighter in weight and less expensive. If you're looking for a budget-friendly hanten jacket, then be sure to look for one that is made from synthetic fibers!


Silk is luxurious, but you won't find much silk hanten jackets. Silk is often used as an accent and to add embellishment to hanten coats. Like synthetic fibers, you're more likely to find silk as an accent than as the main material of your hanten jacket.

Who wears Hanten in Japan?

The Hanten is a traditional Japanese winter coat. It may be worn by anyone in Japan, young or old, male or female. However, it is especially popular with men and boys because of its practicality and durable design. Historically, its the jacket of common people.

How to Clean my Hanten?

When it comes to cleaning your traditional Japanese clothing item follow the following steps:

  1. Put the hanten in a tub with cold water.
  2. Then add 1 cup of laundry detergent.
  3. Let the hanten soak for about 20 minuets.
  4. Do not agitate the fabric while it is soaking in the tub.
  5. After 20 minuets, take the hanten out of the tub and rinse it with cold water.
  6. Finally, hang the hanten to dry in a shaded area.

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Types of Hanten:

There are three different types of hanten. These include:

  1. Long sleeve Hanten: The long sleeve hanten is the warmest option and is perfect for winter. It is made from a heavy cotton fabric and has a large hood that can be worn over your head to keep you warm.They can also be quite heavy and bulky, which can make them difficult to wear for long periods of time.
  2. Half Sleeve or Mid-Sleeve Hanten: The term "yako" is used to refer to the mid-length sleeve hanten. This is the kind of hanten / chanchanko I suggest for most people. The "yako" is the most versatile of all, so it's perfect for both indoor and outdoor activity.
  3. Short Sleeve Hanten: It is less bulky then the long sleeve version making it easier to wear. This one is most common for children.

Fit of Hanten:

It is important to keep in mind that the hanten style changes with size. The larger it gets, the looser and less fitted it will be. So when you are shopping for a hanten make sure to buy one that fits your child's current size.

Things to Look for When buying a Hanten:

When looking for a hanten, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are five of the most important factors to consider when shopping for this type of Japanese Hanten Jacket.

Material: Hanten are made from a lightweight and breathable cotton fabric. This makes it comfortable to wear while also being durable. Natural dye is used for the colors of the hanten, which gives it its vibrant colors. The fabric is soft to touch making it ideal for an everyday piece of clothing.

Some Hantens are made from synthetic materials which can make them less breathable and more prone to wrinkles. So it is best to avoid these types of hanten if you are looking for something to wear everyday.

Price: Hantens range in price from around $30 to $200. The price depends on the material, fit, and design of the hanten. So it is important to consider what you are looking for when buying a hanten.

Long Mid or Short Sleeve: Hantens are generally made from thick fabrics. So if it is too bulky, the hanten will be difficult to wear for long periods of time. Make sure you look for one that suits your need.

Design: Some  Hanten have a traditional design that is fairly simple. While others  have more modern designs which may include: floral, stripes, or patterns. Some of the patterns and colors found on these hantens may not be suitable for younger children. So it is best to keep this in mind when shopping for Hanten.

Size: As mentioned earlier, the hanten style changes with size. The larger it gets, the looser and less fitted it will be. So when you are shopping for a hanten make sure to buy one that fits the person you are buying for.

Difference between Hanten, Happi, Noragi and Haori:

The Japanese word "hanten" (半着) refers to a type of unlined jacket with a simple standing collar, typically worn by men. A hanten is usually made from cotton, wool or polyster and is a versatile piece of clothing that can be worn in the winter.

"Happi" (半パイ), an item that is different in shape and form than the hanten, is a type of Japanese coat that is usually worn by men and women during traditional festivals. A happi is typically made from cotton or silk and has a more ornate design than a hanten.

The word Norgai (野良着) is made from 2 Japanese words "Nora" and "gi" where "Nora" means "a farmer" and "gi" means uniform. A Noragi is a jacket that was worn by farmers on the fields in ancient Japan. The front of the Noragis is openand they are either long or short sleeves. To make them flexible and simple to work with, Noragi are traditionally designed loose-fitting.

The word "Haori" (羽織) is made from 2 Japanese words "Ha" and "ori" where "Ha" means "wing" and "Ori" means to wear. A Haori is a jacket that is worn by men and women over a kimono. Unlike a kimono, the haori does not have a belt and is loose-fitting. It is also shorter, ending at the waist. Learn more about How to wear a Kimono?

FAQs about Hanten Jackets

Where did Hanten come from?

The history of hanten jackets can be traced back to the Edo period (1600-1868) during the rule of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Hanten coats were first made by merchants who needed a light-weight jacket that was easy to store & carry for their travels between cities. While merchants were regulated to wear a Haori, Hanten was for everyone.

What does Hanten mean?

The term "han" means half which refers to the length of the sleeves and "ten" simply refers to something that is worn.

Does Hanten look like Noragi or Haori?

The hanten's design is similar to that of a noragi, a classic patchwork coat, and the haori which is a more casual jacket.

How to Wear a Hanten Coat?

Now that you know a little more about hanten jackets, let's take a look at how to wear them!

There are many ways to style a hanten coat, but we'll provide you with two of our favorite looks.

1) The Casual Look: For a more casual look, wear your hanten coat with dark jeans & boots. Don't forget to roll up the sleeves so you can show-off your hanten jacket!

2) The Edgy Look: For a more edgy look, wear your hanten jacket on top of a simple outfit - like a white t-shirt and denim/cords. This look is perfect for colder weather and will keep you warm all day long!

Here are Our 5 best Hanten Jackets pick for you:






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