Geisha Makeover Experience Kyoto

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¥18630 / person
¥16767 / person   (+ tax)
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Geisha  Makeover  & Maiko Transformation in Kyoto Gion

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Enjoy unique geisha transformation experience with full white face makeup, beautiful kimono,  Japanese traditional hairstyle wig and professional cameramen. The experience of geisha makeover in the city in the city of geisha is a dream come true for many women from all around the world. You will remember this geisha makeover experience forever. 

Professional staff  who are highly skilled makeup artists and kimono experts will transform you into a modern day geisha. Then professional photographers will take your picture in a beautiful studio. You will receive a professional top-quality photo booklet with your beautiful shots right away.

The geisha make over studio is located in the long stone-paved street “Ninenzaka” which is one of the most popular streets for travelers, walking distance from the Kiyomizu Temple and the historic Hanamikoji Street of Gion.

Even after more than 1,000 years, the buildings that line the path along the approach to Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto still evoke resonances of the ancient capital. Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka in particular retain remnants of ancient Kyoto and have been designated an important area by the city of Kyoto.

What can you expect in this experience?

  • White make-up (If you dislike White make-up, you do not need to do it.)
  • Dressing kimono (You can choose the favorite one from 200 kimonos. This plan comes with a free Japanese socks)
  • False eyelash (If you need it, please tell our make-up staff.)
  • Natural wig (Also can decide between normal wig and no wig.)
  • Photography in Japanese room for 4 pictures
  • Photo book 4 pages (203mm×145mm)
  • USB included all pictures
  • Free time to take pictures by yourselves for 10 minutes


※You cannot book this service if you are pregnant or experiencing any kind of skin infections

※Children are welcome, however we don’t have staff to take care of them. They must be given parental supervision.

※This experience lasts about 2 to 3 hours

●Traditional full white face makeup

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Using the ancient and traditional techniques of applying Maiko makeup by meticulously painting a silky white base to the face and neck, applying red lipstick to the lips and delicate and careful brush strokes to the eyes, we provide each of our customers with a distinguished beauty.

※All the cosmetics and facial cleansers are free from fragrances and additives.

●Natural Japanese hair style wigs

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A“Han-Katsura”(half wig) is included all the plans. It use customer’s hair, front and side part, so it looks very natural, like a real Maiko.

For customers with blond hair, we will spray your bangs with a black hair dye which will not damage your hair and can easily be washed out. Customers can wash their hair in the sink before leaving and use the towel, hair dryer and brush that is provided.

●Choose your kimono from more than 100 selections

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Customers can freely choose from a selection of over 200 kimonos. The price is the same regardless of the kimono selected. A skilled kimono expert will make you look just like a real geisha or maiko (apprentice geisha).

We can fit kimonos on people up to 180cm in height and waist size of up to 110cm.

Customer under 135cm in height will be fitted as a child Maiko.

●Professional photo shooting at the beautiful photo spot

Our 6 cameramen always conduct the photo shoots with a sense of professionalism and hospitality to ensure customer satisfaction.

Even if it’s your first time, we are sure you will be able to relax and enjoy the photo shoot and feel just like a model.

Please enjoy the once in life time opportunity in the middle of the most historical city of Kyoto as a Maiko/Geiko(Geisha).

We will send you the exact location once you make the reservation. We can also give you the directions at one of Maikoya Kyoto branches all of which are walking distance from the geisha transformation studio.

※It takes 30 minutes to go to this place from Maikoya Kyoto/Samurai ninja museum on foot (10 minutes by taxi)


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 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 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 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
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 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 more
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  • Included
    Full make up
    Professional cameraman
    Professionally printed thick photo booklet (4 pages)
    Geisha - maiko kimono
    Japanese socks and sandals
    CD-R of the pictures
    English, Chinese, Italian and Spanish speaking staff
  • Not Included
    Maikoya tea ceremony
    Meeting with a geisha at Maikoya
    Transportation from Maikoya/Samurai ninja museum
  • Maps