Geisha (Geiko and Maiko in Kyoto) traditions are traced to the spiritual center of Kyoto, Such a lovely tradition can hardly ever be enjoyed privately. This program makes it possible for visitors to truly experience the essence in an authentic manner.
What to Expect
Geisha traditions can be traced to the spiritual center of Kyoto, where they were specified as geiko and maiko. However, other than in some discount tourist group arrangements, which often reduce the time of geiko or maiko accompaniment by half, such a lovely tradition can hardly ever be enjoyed privately. From centuries ago, geiko and maiko parties have been given privately only for limited members of society. It is now possible for visitors to truly experience the essence of geiko and maiko in an authentic manner. During the event, your English-speaking guides will escort you around the geiko and maiko district, to be followed by a full-time dinner or party arrangement lasting two hours. Since geiko and maiko are privately arranged only for your group, you will have the chance to fully exchange conversations with them and hear their stories which would normally not be told to the public.
This experience is a guided tour with a private dinner with one maiko. This is a private and authentic party arrangement with amaiko for approximately two hours. This includes a guided tour and Japanese dinner course. You may choose from two options: a half Kaiseki course option in a room with others (with partition) or a full Kaiseki course option in a private room. Kaiseki, or Kaiseki ryouri, is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner that came about originally when monks would ward off hunger with warm stones. Due to the half Kaiseki option being in a room shared with others, voices from neighboring tables may be overheard. But there will still be one maiko with her undivided attention to the room.
For the full Kaiseki course at the Japanese restaurant’s private room, there will be one maiko there specifically for your room. Both half and full Kaiseki meal options will meet at 17:00 at the Minamiza theater and will go on a guided tour of the geiko and maiko district. Then, at around 18:00, when you arrive to the restaurant, you will have dinner at the Japanese restaurant accompanied by one maiko and your guide, who is also your interpreter.
- Licensed English speaking guide / interpreter
- Kaiseki (Japanese dinner course)
What's Not Included
- Drinks (available for purchase)
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