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PRIVATE Geisha (Maiko) Tea Ceremony and Geisha Performance in Kyoto
Enjoy private geisha(maiko) tea ceremony & show in Kyoto at Geisha Experience Gion MAIKO CHAYA. This is a special event joined only by you. Whether you are seeking a memorable experience in Japan or just on a honeymoon, this is a very unique experience you will remember for the rest of your life. Please don’t worry about the location or communication with the geisha (maiko) as our location is near the central Gion-Shijo station and our English-speaking staff will be present to interpret for you. Kimono wearing experience included. ( Please show up 30 minutes before to put on Kimono)
Geisha(maiko) tea ceremony near Gion Kyoto at Maikoya. Enjoy participating in a traditional tea ceremony in a traditional tea ceremony room led by an authentic Kyoto geisha. Your tea ceremony host will be a geisha(maiko) who will introduce you to this Japanese ritual. The geisha culture was born in Kyoto where young women, called geiko, used to serve tea to pilgrims who are visiting historic temples in Eastern Kyoto.
This is a once in a lifetime geisha(maiko) tea ceremony experience that includes
- Tea ceremony led by a real geisha(maiko)
- Actual tea ceremony participation in the same room with the geisha(maiko) (not demonstration on the stage)
- Making your own green tea
- Wearing a traditional kimono. (Please show up 15 minutes before to put on Kimono)
- Trying Japanese sweets as part of the experience
- Explanation of the history and the traditions of geisha(maiko) and also tea ceremony
- Opportunities for taking photographs with geisha(maiko) and asking questions to her
- Presence of an interpreter
- Geisha (maiko) will perform a short dance or you will play a traditional party game with Geisha(maiko)
- Once in a lifetime cultural experience with the combination of zen, harmony, perfectionism, Japanese hospitality, Japanese green tea and Japanese sweets
As part of their training the geisha(maiko) in Kyoto learn how to conduct tea ceremony and often hold tea ceremony under sakura trees in special occasions. At Geisha Experience Gion MAIKO CHAYA, 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.
Tea ceremony no doubt is the most unique Japanese activity as it helps you understand Japanese history, values, religion, Japanese communication style and Japanese drinking culture at once. Did you know that you can enjoy tea ceremony experience more and learn more about the culture when your instructor is a geisha (maiko) in training? In this workshop, a Maiko will walk you through step by step of 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 a powdered green tea and is called Matcha.
You will make a green tea (Matcha) in an ancient style Japanese tea ceremony room wearing Kimono. In this workshop, a qualified instructor will walk you through step by step of traditional tea ceremony. This is a ritual-like activity where ceremonial tea is prepared and presented to promote physical and mental well-being, mindfulness and harmony. It is also called the Way of the Tea. You will learn the foundations of the zen philosophy: Wa, kei, sei, jaku, which roughly translate as harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. You will observe how your host perfectly and harmoniously use all the traditional utensils to make the perfect cup of tea in way that has been done the same for about 400 years. And, finally, you will make your own tea and enjoy Japanese traditional sweets.
Your tea ceremony experience will include:
- Meeting with a geisha(maiko) in a tea room
- An introduction to the Japanese tea ceremony and associated rituals
- This is performed by an apprentice geisha (maiko)
- Wear a kimono and get your hair done (for ladies) (Please show up 30 minutes before to put on Kimono)
- You will be encouraged to try traditional green matcha tea and Japanese styled sweets
- Only traditional tea ceremony utensils will be used
- The workshop will be taught to a small group of participants
- Relax in a classroom decorated in traditional Japanese décor and architecture
- Explanations of the ceremony’s history and technique in simple English
- Not only watching the demonstration but actually performing the ritual
- If you are interested, you can ask questions to the geisha(maiko) and take a picture together
- We also have tea ceremony artifacts and displays with detailed explanations in English that will help you better understand the subtle meanings and the rich history behind this unique tradition
Learn Japanese culture with all of your senses – especially your sense of wonder!
Just in case if you were wondering:
- You are allowed to take pictures in the tea ceremony room after the ceremony as well as the other rooms and in front of our unique backdrops
- You are allowed to sit comfortably on the floor (without sitting on your knees on the tatami mat). We also provide bamboo chairs for those who prefer not to sit on the floor
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.
***PS: Minimum of 2 participants are needed to reserve for this event.
Please note that our cancellation policy is of 3 days before, otherwise we will charge you a cancellation fee as below.
* 50% of your total amount will be charged if you cancel from 7 to 3 days prior to your reservation date.
* 100% of your total amount will be charged if you cancel from 3 days prior to your reservation date.
IncludedMeeting with a geisha (maiko)Geisha(maiko) dance performanceKimono wearing (Please show up 15 minutes before to put on Kimono)Geisha(maiko) tea ceremonyPicture time with the geisha(maiko)Trying Japanese sweetsQ&A time and chatting with the geisha(maiko)Interpreter
Not IncludedTransportationHotel Pick up
Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya KyotoWe are a cultural experience venue located in the heart of Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. We pride ourselves on providing authenthinc experiences in Kyoto. Founded on the four main pricinples of tea ceremony (Harmony, respect, purity and tranquility) Maikoya has gained recognition among both locals and foreigners. Maikoya also recently has been selected as one of the best tea ceremony venues in Japan by Tripadvisor. Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give you a better understanding of our intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. By learning about Japan and its people, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya Kyoto offers you opportunities to understand this culture through local instructors and guides. There is no better way to learn about a new place from the viewpoints of those who grew up and live in this amazing country. What better way to spend an afternoon than learning a traditional, beautiful new art form with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn't find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendour.
Our address is Japan, 〒604-8006 Kyoto, Nakagyō-ku, Nakanocho, 565-4 JP Take Exit 9 at the Kawaramachi Station google map
Our phone number is 075-606-5303
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Please let us know the gender ratio and if you have any food allergies, Halal, gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian preferences.
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Do you accept walk-ins?Yes, we accept walk-ins. However, it is chepaer to book online and you may need to wait if you show up without a reservation especially during the peak season.
Do I need to wear a kimono?Traditional tea ceremony is usually conducted by wearing a kimono but since you may simply not be interested in it or you may be pregnant (earlier than 3rd trimester OK) we don’t require you to wear a kimono.
Do I need to sit on my knees all the time or I can sit comfortably? Can I sit on the chair?Yes you can sit comfortably without sitting on your knees. Yes we do provide chairs and desks if you need.
What is the etiquette for tea ceremony?Please remember to --take your shoes off, --be quiet and not talk to your partner throughout the ceremony, —not use your cell phone (we allow photos before and after) but ideally you should forget worldly and materialistic thoughts.
Do you have kimonos for kids?Please remember to --take your shoes off, --be quiet and not talk to your partner throughout the ceremony, —not use your cell phone (we allow photos before and after) but ideally you should forget worldly and materialistic thoughts.
Do you have plus size kimonos?Yes we do have extra size kimonos. If you are a plus size please let us know when you reserve about your size.
Can I walk outside wearing the kimono for the rest of the day?Yes! you can walk outside with additional fee JPY1000 by 6 pm!
Do you provide any hairdo services?Yes (for females), we will make sure you look your best and your hair matches the traditional kimono style.
Do you only show activities or you explain the meanings, symbols etc?Of course we explain all the meanings and symbols. We also answer many questions you may have (what tis the relationship between zen and tea ceremony, what is the relationship between zen and shodo, what is the difference between Shinto and Buddhism, etc.)
Do you have a souvenir shop where I can get matcha tea, tea ceremony set, calligraphy set, etc. to remember my experience?Yes we do.
Where can I buy a kimono?We can recommend you a few nearby shops that sell 2nd hand, upscale and economy kimonos, yukatas, samues and hakamas.