Geisha (Maiko) Tea Ceremony & Show in Kyoto (Includes Kimono Wearing)

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¥9000 / person
¥8100 / person

geisha maiko tea ceremony

Get a chance to meet a Geisha at a tea ceremony and performance!

Enjoy an authentic traditional tea ceremony hosted by a real Kyoto geisha, also called a geiko, or their apprentice called a maiko! You will be introduced to the unique geisha culture of Kyoto, where young geiko women would serve tea to pilgrims visiting the historic temples in Eastern Kyoto.

The Japanese tea ceremony has served as a form of meditative art for the nobility and samurai from the Edo Period 300 years ago! This centuries-old tradition remains a significant part of geisha culture and training to this day.

Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya is the only venue and cultural experience provider that holds a geisha tea ceremony and geisha show every day!

Book with us online!

All sessions are private for COVID-19 measures.

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Geisha (Maiko) Tea Ceremony & Show in Kyoto

Lasts Approximately 90-120 minutes (whole package)

Inclusions:

  1. Geisha Tea Ceremony
    • A geisha or maiko will be leading a tea ceremony and demonstrating the steps.
  2. Matcha Tea and Utensils
    • You will be learning how to prepare matcha with the help of the geisha/maiko.
  3. Wagashi or Japanese Sweets
    • The wagashi will feature beautiful designs and seasonal flavors unique to Japan.
  4. Kimono
    • Our kimonos come in a variety of designs and sizes to choose from!
  5. Presence of an Interpreter
    • You will be accompanied by an interpreter who can translate English and Japanese.
  6. Introduction to Geisha Traditions and Tea Ceremony
    • This is so you have a better understanding of the culture.
  7. Geisha Dance Performance
    • The geisha/maiko will be giving a short performance for you!
  8. Photographs with Geisha
    • There will be many opportunities for you to take pictures, and ask questions about things you’re curious about!
  9. Gion Walking Tour in the Historic Geisha District
    • (Currently unavailable due to the COVID-19)

Geisha Maiko Meeting Kyoto

PRICE

2 ~ 5 people : 54,000 yen / Group
6 people+ : 9,000yen / person

This event requires a minimum of two participants. Your booking cannot be changed or canceled for free 7 days before the event date.

If you are having difficulties or questions, contact us at info@mai-ko.com.

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Geisha Maiko Tea Ceremony Kyoto

Geisha Experience Kyoto

As part of their training, the geisha (maiko) in Kyoto learn how to conduct tea ceremonies and often hold tea ceremonies under sakura trees on special occasions.

At KIMONO TEA CEREMONY KYOTO MAIKOYA, we want to preserve the unique geisha culture of Kyoto by holding the geisha tea ceremony sessions for locals and travelers whenever possible.

Come and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience before it is sold out!

In this workshop, a Maiko will walk you through step by step the traditional tea ceremony. This is a ritual-like activity where ceremonial tea is prepared and presented to promote well-being, mindfulness, and harmony. It is also called the Way of the Tea. The tea itself is powdered green tea and is called Matcha.

Although there will usually be a Maiko available for the tea ceremony and performance, a Geisha will occasionally be booked according to their availability.


We are confident that this experience will be your best souvenir from Japan. You can easily make a reservation now by choosing the best date for you.

Additionally, if you’d like you can also reserve a PRIVATE tea ceremony.

Geisha Maiko Private Meeting

Kyoto Geisha Performance

Lasts around 30 minutes

Geisha Show Kyoto

The Geisha or Maiko Performance will take place in a traditional Japanese-style room at Maikoya Kyoto near the Gion District.

The Geisha, sometimes Maiko, will perform a traditional Japanese dance in a room where you and other guests will be allowed to take pictures. Please keep in mind to take them appropriately without much distraction.

An MC will be present during the performance and explain the meanings and symbolisms of the outfits, and dance of the Geisha.

After the dance, you will be able to ask Geisha questions and take photos with her! There will be multiple genuine Geisha artifacts and displays in the building that you can also ask about. An interpreter will be present to help in case there are any difficulties with communicating.

If there is time left, you and the other audience members will get to play simple traditional games with the Geisha, such as ozashiki asobi.

Gion Walking tour 1

Gion Walking Tour Route

Lasts approximately 30-45 minutes

Currently unavailable due to COVID-19

You will be meeting with a tour guide outside the Gion Geisha Museum on Shijo Street, between the historic Minamiza Kabuki theater and the famous Ichiriki Chaya House.

From there, you will be guided towards the intersection of Shijo and Hanamikoji Street. Then, you will turn right to the southern part of Hanamikoji Street where the most elite and prestigious teahouses of Kyoto are located. You will be walking along the street lined with teahouses and pass by Gion Center.

There will be a brief stop by the Kenninji Temple and Yasui Konpiragu Shrine where the guide will be explaining the difference between the shrine and a temple.

The tour will be completed at the Geisha Museum where it started.

Gion Walking Tour with Guide

Gion Walking Tour with Guide

The walking tour is designed to be a short trip that will help you learn more about the mysterious world of the Geisha and the historic neighborhoods in Gion.

Whether you are interested in Geisha kimonos, their training and apprenticeship, or the “Memoirs of a Geisha”, you are guaranteed to learn a lot with us!

Walking around the historic Gion Geisha District will surely feel like a walk through time as you learn about the stories hidden in the cobblestones of the old town.

Gion Ochaya, Okiya, Ryotei

Gion Ochaya, Okiya, Ryotei


Disclaimer

Recently there are many incidents where tourists engage in irresponsible behavior in Gion which include

  • Blocking the way of the geisha to take a photo
  • Chasing and bothering the geisha
  • Touching the geishas kimono, hair, accessories
  • Trying to take a selfie with a geisha
  • Taking the photo of a geisha when she is with a guest
  • Littering on the streets of Gion
  • Eating fast food while walking in Gion
  • Smoking or drinking alcohol on the streets of Gion
  • Sitting on the streets of Gion

Please remember

The geisha are human beings, they are not objects. You have to respect the privacy of the geisha. You have to understand that you endanger yourself and the geisha in the narrow streets of Gion when you come too close. You have to understand that geisha are likely on their way to work and they should not be late.

FAQs

What is a Geisha or Maiko?

The geisha are traditional Japanese performers who are well-versed in the arts like singing, dancing, calligraphy, and the tea ceremony. The maikos are geisha apprentices or geishas-in-training.

Can I take a picture with the geisha/maiko?

You can take pictures after the event and performance! Please remember to be respectful and ask for consent.

Are kids allowed during the event? Is there an age limit?

Children are welcome to join the event! The geishas are performers who cater to audiences of all ages. We suggest a minimum age of 3 years old but you can contact us if your child is younger so we can arrange things for you.

Can I take a video of the whole experience?

Media appearance for geisha and maiko are strictly controlled in Kyoto so we would advise against filming the whole performance and ceremony. However, you are more than welcome to take videos of yourself and the geisha after the performance. Make sure to ask for consent!

Do I have to sit on the floor?

We also provide desks and chairs upon request if it’s more comfortable for you!

How long does the ceremony last?

The geisha tea ceremony, performance, and walking tour can last from 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Can I walk outside while wearing the kimono?

We charge a small rental fee if you would like to use our kimonos outside the teahouse. However, if the weather is not good, we may not give this option.

Do you have plus-size kimonos?

Yes! Our kimonos are meant to fit a variety of sizes. You can also contact us if you would like to make sure of an available fit.

Do you accept walk-ins?

Geisha tea ceremonies need to be booked in advance.

Do I need to wear a kimono?

No, but the option is included in your reservation.

Can I wear a kimono if I’m pregnant?

We will not require you to wear a kimono if it is uncomfortable for you. If you are in your first or second trimester, you can still choose to wear it.

Do you provide additional services like hair and makeup?

For the ladies, we provide hairstyling services along with kimono assistance. Makeup services are not available.

Can I walk outside while wearing the kimono?

We charge a small rental fee if you would like to use our kimonos outside the teahouse. However, if the weather is not good, we may not give this option.

Do you have a souvenir shop?

Yes. We provide matcha tea, tea ceremony sets, calligraphy sets, and much more available.

Are wagashi vegan/vegetarian, halal, or kosher?

Japanese Wagashi are vegan and vegetarian friendly! The plant-based treats are also halal and kosher. We highly recommend letting us know if you have any preferences or diets anyway just to make sure.

Do you have kimonos for kids?

Yes, we have smaller sizes for the kids. Make sure to let us know the age and height of your child in advance so we can reserve a kimono!

About Us

Geisha Geiko at Kyoto Maikoya

We own and operate Geisha Experience MAIKOYA. All of our guides speak fluent English and know how to make you feel at ease by always being patient and smiling constantly. We also provide handouts in different languages in case you have limited language skills. By participating in this tour you will have a local “friend” showing you around rather than being dragged to routine places by a stranger.

We know that travelers neither want a history lecture nor a fast facts trivia. They just want to feel like a local and learn the Japanese view of Geisha and Gion and the history. Our guests also often ask us about the souvenir shops, restrooms, hidden gems, transportation to their next stop and local favorite restaurants. So we prepared the perfect package tour with the best price that will make your trip to Japan extra rewarding.

Review

Sointex Jambis
Sointex Jambis
06:52 05 Mar 20
Wonderful service. Perfect for anyone, including Japanese. Just opened in December 2019. You can meet with a geisha and ask questions. Great experience.read more
Allira Mahon
Allira Mahon
07:01 25 Feb 20
Enjoyed the Geisha tea ceremony! After being dressed in a Kimono, I was escorted to the venue. Our host and interpreters were amazing. Explained all the reasons behind the spiritual aspects of the ceremony, and after the Maiko did her dance we were able to ask lots of questions. If you want a beautiful authentic experience, please give this a try!read more
Sam Thompson
Sam Thompson
06:59 15 Feb 20
Amazing experience with our private tea ceremony. The staff made us feel welcome from the start and gave a lovely talk about each of the items on display. Really a great afternoon and can really recommend.read more
Tiffany Mazeau
Tiffany Mazeau
06:54 11 Feb 20
Awesome experience, you can ask a lot of questions and learn so much! The tea ceremony is very enjoyable too and you can take pictures of the whole process. The maiko was very beautiful and kind, she answered to all of our questions, we really enjoyed our time here. Thank you again!read more
Emily McDonnell
Emily McDonnell
03:27 28 Jan 20
It's repeated over and over in the reviews but this really is a once in a lifetime experience. To be able to experience a traditional dance and tea ceremony is outstanding but to recieve it from a real Maiko is just inexplicable. The staff could not have been more lovely and accommodating. Will absolutely be coming back next time I'm in Kyoto.read more
Sascha Krebs
Sascha Krebs
02:26 20 Jan 20
One of the most amazing and wonderful experiences we had during our stay in Kyoto. The whole staff was really wonderful and helpful, we were able to ask all the questions you want to ask a Maiko. The tea ceremony was beautiful. We got to wear Kimonos and after all that we had a great walking tour through the Gion district where we also learned so many things by two members of the Kyoto Geisha Show staff. Thank you again for all your help and the wonderful afternoon we had at your lovely place!read more
Maria CRUZ ORELLANA
Maria CRUZ ORELLANA
08:11 19 Jan 20
I’ve done tea ceremonies before but they have never been like this one. They were able to accommodate a big group (19 people) and we got to ask the Maiko-san questions and and take pictures. The women that dressed us were kind and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend.read more
Janki Patel
Janki Patel
08:09 19 Jan 20
This is a must do experience in Kyoto! All the ladies are so nice and welcoming. They even got our group a Maiko to perform the ceremony. Overall amazing experienceread more
Taylor Espinola
Taylor Espinola
07:59 19 Jan 20
What a wonderful experience! I loved every second and it was very interactive. We were a very large group and they were so professional and accommodatingread more
nairi nabi
nairi nabi
07:59 19 Jan 20
Such an incredible experience! A must for anyone visiting Kyoto. The women that work here are so knowledgeable, hospitable and sweet. Genuinely a pleasant and once in a lifetime experience! I highly recommend it!!!read more
Shankar Radhakrishnan
Shankar Radhakrishnan
10:28 29 Nov 19
We had a great tea ceremony experience at this place. We enjoyed the detailed explanation and relaxed atmosphere. Definitely worth the experienceread more
Karina Didenko
Karina Didenko
06:12 12 Nov 19
This experience is one in a life time, so I definitely recommend it to everyone! It's quite engaging and informative at the same time as first of all you're watching Maiko traditional seasonal dance, after what she shows you how to make a proper green tea and gives you to experience it yourself. The last memorable moment is a question and answer time. Everything what you're interested in about maiko you can ask her personally and receive an answer! Moreover, staff is very friendly, helping, and everyone takes good pictures of you!read more
lourosexx .
lourosexx .
05:33 06 Nov 19
Amazing experience and not to be missed! Staff are lovely and tea ceremony was a once in a lifetime! We even got to see a traditional danceread more
Lisa Thurston
Lisa Thurston
07:36 01 Nov 19
5 Star experience, must do in Kyoto! Our host Nana was amazing and very knowledgable. The sweet making was really fun and Nana showed us different techniques to make different designs. The Tea Ceremony was so insightful, we feel we learned a lot about the tea and Japanese culture and we were so lucky to also meet a beautiful Geisha. We would recommend this to anyone!read more
Nazi Yazdi
Nazi Yazdi
05:25 01 Nov 19
I loved the experience I have had today. Every thing was beautiful and my group and I enjoyed the beautiful ceremony lovely kind staff who helpe us get ready and very nice lady who performed tea ceremony and the beautiful geisha. Thank you so very much.read more
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  • Included
    Geisha (maiko) tea ceremony
    Japanese green tea
    Japanese sweets
    Interpreter
    Free KIMONO wearing experience
    Geisha dance performance
    Taking pictures with geisha
  • Not Included
    Transportation
    Hotel pick-up
  • Maps
  • Organizer

    Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya Kyoto

    Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya is a leading cultural experience provider in Japan and the only tea ceremony experience that has received TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award for three consecutive years from 2018 to 2020.
    Maikoya Kyoto is found in a historic machiya townhouse in the heart of the Gion District, where the rich culture of Japan is most concentrated.
    Learning about the traditions and practices of the country through our immersive cultural workshops and activities will surely give you a new perspective about the intricacies of the history and society in Japan.
    Join us at Maikoya Kyoto as we guide you through Japan's traditional arts and history! Our friendly staff and hosts are fluent in English, Chinese, and Japanese and will make sure you have the best experiences and opportunities.

    Contact Us

    Tel: 075-606-5303                   Email: kyoto@mai-ko.com
     

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