Geisha Dinner Show in Old Town Kyoto at a Traditional Machiya with a Garden
This is a value ticket that includes a REAL Geisha (or Maiko) show and an upscale dinner. Ideal for honeymooners and those who are seeking to spend a special day in Kyoto.
Currently, all sessions are PRIVATE for the social distancing measures which means this will be a PRIVATE geisha dinner show only for you.
A professional English speaking tour guide
- You will be escorted all the way
Special dinner in a traditional townhouse
- You will be enjoying dinner with a view of two small Japanese gardens in a traditional setting. The teahouse has a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.
Geisha or maiko (apprentice geisha) dance performance
- You can take pictures of the dance, and with the geisha or maiko after the performance.
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.
Have an unforgettable day with a walk on the historic streets of Gion, a geisha performance of an elegant dance, and a lovely dinner at a picturesque restaurant nearby.
This package lasts for about two hours on average.
1 – 5 people : ¥80,000 / group
6 people+ : ¥14,000 / person
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Notes for your Geisha Dinner Show Reservation
- Please make sure to arrive at Maikoya Tea House a few minutes before 6 PM. 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.
- If you have any food allergies or diets, please mention them in the notes section while making a reservation.
Highlights of the geisha dinner show at MAIKOYA
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!
The best part is? We also have exhibitions of kimonos and some geisha artifacts, so you get a good understanding of the traditional lifestyle of a geisha.
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.
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.
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.
Lasts about 60 minutes
- The menu usually includes fish or beef, soup, fried vegetables, rice, pickles, and dessert.
- Since the food in Kyoto is always based on the season, the contents may change but the menu usually looks like the picture above.
- The menu has no nuts and no pork. However, if you are vegetarian or gluten-free, the menu may not suit your needs. Please send us a message if you are concerned about the menu limitations, or add any dietary concerns in the notes section of your reservation.
- This set menu does not include drinks.
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 nuts or pork. However, if you have a vegetarian or gluten-free diet, please contact us so we can make arrangements for you.
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 show and dinner last?
The whole event will typically last around 2 hours, with about an hour 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.
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.