Private Geisha Dinner Show in Kyoto at a Traditional Machiya

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This is a PRIVATE geisha dinner show only for you.

*This experience is currently NOT available.

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.


  • Geisha Dance Show
  • Japanese meal
  • One drink

Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Kimono wearing

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 four consecutive years from 2018 to 2022.

Maikoya Kyoto is found in a historic machiya townhouse in the heart of Kyoto, 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 and Japanese and will make sure you have the best experiences and opportunities.

Contact Us

Address: 329, Ebiyacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto 604-8076, Japan