Kyoto Geisha Experience and Guided Walking Tour
Enjoy a guided tour of Gion, followed by Japanese dinner and the chance to meet a real maiko (young geisha). You can watch her perform a dance and ask her questions about her life.
- Starting point: The tour starts at Starbucks (1F of APA Hotel Gion. Address: 555 Gion-machi, Higashiyama-ku, 605-0074) and finishes at a Japanese restaurant either in the Kamishichiken area (north west of Kyoto) or the Gion area (very close to the meeting point). Our guide can tell you how to go to the next destination or back to your hotel.
- Start time: N/A
Enjoy a guided tour of Gion
Watch a maiko perform a traditional Japanese dance
Enjoy fine Japanese cuisine
Talk to the maiko and ask her questions about her life
A maiko or geisha is a party companion, highly skilled in Japanese performing arts such as Japanese dancing, singing, and playing musical instruments, in addition to conducting tea ceremonies and/or flower arrangements. Along with the beautiful kimono and graceful movements, maikos and geikos are regarded as living art.
Typically a private viewing of a maiko or geisha is very expensive, plus you would have to dine at a Japanese haute-cuisine restaurant with a stage on which a maiko dances. Furthermore, even if you can afford to hire them, you may not always be welcome. You often have to be introduced by a regular guest.
However, this tour is able to arrange a brief meeting with a maiko for about one hour, over dinner (tempura, sushi and some small dishes).
The tour starts with a 1.5 hours walking tour of the Gion or Kamishichiken area - two of 5 flower towns in Kyoto associated with maikos/geikos. The tour guide can explain to you about the history of Maiko/Geiko as well as the traditional wooden structures in the area.
After learning about maiko and geiko culture, the tour will visit a Japanese restaurant where a maiko is waiting for you. Over a light dinner you can watch her graceful dance. Then you can ask the Maiko questions about what she wears, or her daily life. You can even take some photos with her. After an hour the maiko will leave but you can stay and enjoy the rest of your meal at the restaurant.
· Guided tour of Gion
· Maiko performance
· Transportation from Gion to restaurant
· Japanese dinner
What's Not Included:
· Travel costs to and from the meeting point
Good to Know:
Please wear comfortable shoes. About 1.5 hours of the tour will be spent walking around the maiko/geisha district. Dinner is served about 4 PM, so an early and light lunch is recommended.
Children at/under 3 years old accompanying parents can participate free of charge but they will not receive meals.
If you are 1 person, please inquire through GetYourGuide first. You may be able to participate when we already have other people booked.
Please cancel 72 hours prior to the program to avoid cancel charges.
Full charge will be applied for any cancellation after that timing.
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