The concept of Maikoya Osaka was inspired by the culture and lifestyles of Geishas. Geisha is a term for a lady who is studying to be an entertainer, fully trained in traditional Japanese arts. It takes many years to learn all the traditions and practices that have become time-honoured and admired by citizens of Japan and to visitors who meet them. They are no doubt the treasured symbol of historic Japan.
The traditional value that Geishas exemplify is respect. In particular, respect for the guests and respect for the arts. Aesthetics have always been an important aspect of Japanese culture and Geishas consider this in all of their practices and rituals. These stem from as far back as the mid-17th century, as elite Japanese tea houses trained young men and women to serve a particular type of tea only found in Japan. Soon, they began to entertain guests with other traditional arts such as flower arranging or playing traditional instruments like the shamisen and koto. These entertainers, who have always been deeply respected, are called Geisha. When these ladies complete their training and are considered professionals, they are given the label of Geiko. Throughout the centuries, the Geisha Traditions have become refined, elaborate and sometimes complex.
Maikoya Osaka is perhaps the only place in Japan where visitors can have a chance to talk to a Geisha in training and also take a picture with her, anytime throughout the year. Many maikos have found a calling to demonstrate their traditional arts to tourists and visitors. Maikoya Osaka hosts a number of these professionals who are waiting to entertain and teach you and your family about Japanese tea ceremony, kimono dressing and even the lives of the samurai! Experience so many cultural activities in one convenient location! Don't miss out on a chance to meet such a refined symbol of Japanese culture! Make Maikoya Osaka a part of your Osaka visit today!
Did you know that you can enjoy tea ceremony experience more and learn more about the culture when your instructor is a Maiko in training? In this workshop, a Maiko will walk you through step by step of traditional tea ceremony.
This was a wonderful experience, dressing process was fun with young beautiful geisha in training, Nanako and her mentor Kayo. They make you feel beautiful and comfortable they were very conscientious of special requests. Two gentlemen, samurai, joined me and we all had a blast. Geisha, Konatsu, was so kind, informative and entertaining, I left giggling and so happy to have had this experience.
My sister and I booked a 2 week trip to Japan and wanted to experience a traditional geishatea ceremony - we are so happy we decided to go with Maikoya in Osaka. The staff are so personable and Alisa is a an awesome ceremony instructor! I felt like a part of the culture here. They have you pick your own kimono and hair pieces and do your hair :) so lovely. Would recommend to anyone looking for a Japanese tea ceremony experience!
if love the culture and want to experience it further i would recommend this. i have honestly never en so excited to see a geisha in my life and this this made that dream happen. it's hard to catch one on the street and with this you get to have a one on one !
There is a cafe with specialty products such as golden ice cream and an elegant gold flake covered Kobe beef sandwich that costs $300. These dishes are served by a geisha whom visitors can chat and take pictures with. There's live koto or shamisen performance at certain times of the day. Visitors also have the chance to make reservations to participate in a tea ceremony led by an English speaking geisha.I will definitely coming back!
I learned about Maikoya from an advertisement I saw on Facebook. Honestly, this was such a great experience and one to remember! I did a private tea ceremony with Maiko-san. Was able to dress up in a kimono, have my hair done and participate in the ceremony with her. The staff are truly sweet and wonderful. For those that are not proficient in Japanese, no worries the entire staff is fluent in English. Any questions I had, they were able to answer it in detail. I can definitely see myself returning some time in the future to experience some of their other services.
We met at maikoya house and were fitters into a beautiful kimono before starting the tea ceremony. After we were seated the maiko showed us how to purify everything and make the tea. After that we were shown how to do iT ourself After receiving a gorgeous little cake to eat. After the ceremony we had the opportunity to talk with the maiko who was willing to Answer all our questions. IT was a truly amazing experience! Don't waste your time in Kyoto Chasing After maikos (you wont find them there), just come to here and have a once in a lifetime experience!!!!
Disclaimer: Our building used to serve as a geisha house; however, currently it is not a geisha house or Okiya. Our building is a cultural education centre. The geisha who is serving you is not someone who lived in Okiya for years. Maikoya’s main focus is promoting Japanese crafts and arts and Maikoya certainly does not follow the code of Kyoto or Tokyo geisha houses or affiliated with any okiya or geisha association.