Private Geisha Dinner Show in Kyoto at a Traditional Machiya

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¥240000 / person
¥216000 / person   (+ tax)
This is a special arrangement and cannot be booked through this page. Send us an email.

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This is a PRIVATE geisha dinner show only for you.

Minimum price: 216,000 yen per group up to 10 people
This is a special arrangement and cannot be booked through this page. Please email at least one week in advance.

Geisha dinner show

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Geisha Maiko Private Meeting
  1. A professional English speaking tour guide
    • You will be escorted all the way
  2. Japanese dinner in a traditional townhouse
    • You will be enjoying a Japanese meal with a Japanese traditional room. The teahouse has a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.
  3. Geisha or maiko (apprentice geisha) dance performance
    • You can take pictures of the dance, and with the geisha or maiko after the performance.
  4. Interaction with the geisha
    • After the performance, you can talk to the geisha or maiko and ask questions. If there is time left, you can also play traditional games.

This package lasts for about 90 minutes on average.

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Notes for your Geisha Dinner Show Reservation

  • Please make sure to arrive at Maikoya Tea House a few minutes before. Directions to Maikoya Tea House.
  • There is no dress code, but most of our guests usually show up in a semi-casual style for the photo ops and souvenir pictures to remember the night.
  • We cannot accommodate food allergies, gluten-free or other special requests for ingredients.

Highlights of the geisha dinner show at MAIKOYA

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For centuries, travelers to Japan have been fascinated by the mysterious geisha and mesmerized by the alluring effect of the flower and the willow world. Now the doors of this secret world are opening to you!

You will feel as if you’ve traveled back in time when you step into our historic teahouse – a registered Cultural Heritage Property designated by Kyoto City.

We prepared the perfect geisha dinner plan along with engaging activities and explanations about the geisha tradition that will make this experience the highlight of your trip to Japan.

We are located in the heart of Kyoto so you never have to worry about the meeting point or finding your group!

Whether you want to learn more about the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” or take a closer look at the fashion style of the geisha, we have many interesting things to share with you!

Kyoto has 17 UNESCO world heritage sites and thousands of temples but nothing will surprise you more than the untold stories of geisha whose lives are full of joy and countless sacrifices.

Geisha Performance in Kyoto

Geisha Performance

Lasts around 45 minutes.

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.

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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.


Japanese Kaiseki Meal

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  • The menu usually includes fish, soup, fried vegetables, rice, pickles.
  • Since the food in Kyoto is always based on the season, the contents may change.
  • We cannot accommodate food allergies, gluten-free or other special requests for ingredients.
  • This set menu includes one drink (beer or juice).
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.


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.

Is there a kimono included?

No, but we offer rentals for the event and dinner should you want to wear one. Please let us know beforehand so we can prepare and offer assistance.

Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code but it’s typical to come with semi-casual style for the photos after the show.

Is the menu halal, kosher, or vegan/vegetarian?

The menu will usually include fish, beef, and other vegetables. There will be no pork. We cannot accommodate food allergies, gluten-free or other special requests for ingredients.

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

Children under 6 can not enter the our venue. If you have a child under 6 in your party, you can not make the reservation for this experience.

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 show and dinner last?

The whole event will typically last around 90 minutes, with about 45 minutes or so for dinner, and 45 minutes for the geisha show.

Will there be an interpreter?

A professional English-speaking tour guide will escort you while a host will be present during the performance to explain the meanings and symbolisms of the geisha performance and culture.

Do you accept walk-ins?

This event needs to be booked in advance.

Will I meet a real geisha or maiko?

The majority of our performers are geishas-in-training called “maiko”. We will also have the occasional geisha performer as well.


About Us

Geisha Geiko at Kyoto Maikoya

We are Maikoya Teahouse. 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.


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
    Geisha Dance Show
    Japanese meal
    One drink
  • Not Included
    Kimono wearing
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