PRIVATE Geisha (Maiko) Tea Ceremony and Geisha Performance in Kyoto

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¥9000 / person
¥8100 / person

Geisha Maiko Tea ceremony

Enjoy a special geisha performance just for you!

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.

Geisha and apprentice geisha called maiko, train for years to perfect the traditional Japanese arts. One of the aspects of their training is performing the tea ceremony.

 

PRIVATE Geisha or Maiko Tea Ceremony and Performance

Maiko Geisha Show GION

Lasts approximately 90 minutes

Inclusions:

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  • A traditional kimono will be provided for you for the duration of the tea ceremony and geisha or maiko performance. You can choose from our selection of beautiful kimonos! For the ladies, our staff will be assisting in arranging your hair to suit the design of your kimono.
  • Tea ceremony tools and ingredients will be available once the tea ceremony starts for your to learn and create your own perfect bowl of matcha.
  • Wagashi are traditional Japanese sweets that are best eaten with matcha tea. You’ll be tasting the seasonal treats and experience the unique tastes of Japan!
  • Tea ceremony demonstration and participation. The geisha or maiko will be showing you the steps for the ceremony with an interpreter present.
  • Geisha or Maiko performance. A short, traditional dance will be performed for you after the tea ceremony. Most of the performers at Maikoya are maiko. However, we also have geisha performers on certain days.

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Experience the rich culture of Japan!

Kyoto is the traditional home of the geisha and its cultures, and it is the best place to go for performances and traditional arts. The geisha start as maiko and would train for years from a young age to be able to perfect their crafts.

A part of their training is the tea ceremony – a tradition that is typically performed under the cherry blossoms on rare and special occasions.

Maikoya Kyoto preserves this tradition for both locals and travelers to witness and participate in, in addition to a short traditional dance. This event will be held near the Gion-Shijo Station!
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PRICE

2 ~ 5 people : 50,000 yen / group
6 people+ : 9,000yen / person

*Please note that this event requires a minimum of two participants.
*This experience cannot be canceled or changed from 7days before the event date
*for adhoc inquiries info@mai-ko.com

Geisha Experience Kyoto

Geisha Maiko Tea Ceremony Kyoto

As part of their training, the geisha (maiko) in Kyoto learn how to conduct tea ceremony and often hold tea ceremony under sakura trees on special occasions. At KIMONO TEA CEREMONY KYOTO MAIKOYA, 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. In this workshop, a Maiko will walk you through step by step of the 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.


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.

Geisha Maiko Private Meeting

Kyoto Geisha Maiko Performance

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  • The geisha performance lasts around 30 minutes
  • The geisha performance takes place at the traditional Japanese style room.
  • First, the geisha, sometimes apprentice geisha (called maiko), performs her traditional dance in a room.
  • You are allowed to take pictures during the performance
  • After the dance you get to ask geisha questions and you can take a picture with the geisha
  • If time left, you get to play simple traditional games with the geisha (e.g. ozashiki asobi)
  • There are many genuine geisha artifacts and visuals in the building that explain things you may wonder about the mysterious world of a geisha
  • There is an MC hosting the performance who would also explain meaning and symbolism regarding the outfit and dance of the geisha

Maiko Dance Performance Kyoto

What can you expect during your tea ceremony?

You will be given a selection of beautiful kimonos to choose from and our staff will be providing assistance to help you look your best. Ladies will be given extra attention to get their hair and makeup down to match their kimono.

Kids can also join in the tea ceremony and performance from the age of 3. If you are planning to bring toddlers and infants, please let us know so we can check to see if we can accommodate you!

An interpreter fluent in English, Chinese, and Japanese will be present during the tea ceremony and will be guiding you together with the geisha or maiko. They will be explaining some background on the history of the tea ceremony and the geisha culture in Japan.

You will be served a traditional Japanese treat called “wagashi” and then learn how to make your own matcha with the given set of tools. We will provide traditional utensils that are used specifically for the tea ceremony.

After you have had your fill, you will be treated to a geisha performance. Most of the time, we will have maiko performances instead as it is part of their training, but both performances are equally mesmerizing!


About Us

Geisha Geiko at Kyoto Maikoya

We own and operate Geisha Experience MAIKOYA. 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.


FAQs

How long does the geisha tea ceremony and performance last?

This package lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Is there a kimono included?

Yes, a kimono will be provided before the workshop and be worn throughout the whole session. Our staff will be happy to assist you in putting it on and styling the ladies’ hair. Make sure to arrive 30 minutes before your schedule!

Do you provide hair and makeup services?

As previously mentioned, we offer hair styling and light makeup for ladies to match their kimonos. Make sure to arrive 30 minutes early so there’s plenty of time to dress up and look your best!

Can I wear a kimono if I’m pregnant?

We will not require you to wear a kimono if it is uncomfortable for you. If you are in your first or second trimester, you can still choose to wear it.

Do you have plus-sized kimonos?

Yes! Our kimonos are meant to fit a variety of sizes. You can also contact us if you would like to make sure of an available fit.

Can I walk outside while wearing my kimono?

Yes! You can extend your kimono rental up to 6 PM for a small additional fee.

Can I buy a kimono from Maikoya?

Although our kimonos are purely for rental purposes, we can recommend local shops that sell a variety of kimonos from secondhand and brand new kimonos to yukatas, samues, and hakamas.

Do you have a souvenir shop?

Yes. We provide matcha tea, tea ceremony sets, calligraphy sets, and much more available.

Do I need to book in advance?

We recommend booking with us in advance so you don’t have to wait in line, especially during peak seasons in early April and mid-November. This is also cheaper and more convenient.

Do you accept walk-ins?

For regular tea ceremonies, yes. Our geisha tea ceremony and performance package is only available upon booking. Make sure you book with us in advance especially if you’re visiting during peak season!

How old are the children who can join?

Children are welcome to join! We have a recommended age of three years old but you can contact us if you have a toddler or infant so we can arrange to properly accommodate you.

Are there kimonos for kids?

We have a variety of kimonos for kids available! You can also send us the height and age of your child in advance so we can reserve one for your appointment.

Is there an alternative drink for kids?

We can provide substitutes upon requests such as orange juice and matcha latte. We also have alternative tea ceremonies designed for children! Check out our other offers on the events page.

Are wagashi vegan/vegetarian, halal, or kosher?

The wagashi served at our tea ceremonies are vegan and vegetarian-friendly! The plant-based treats are also halal and kosher. We highly recommend letting us know if you have any preferences or diets anyway just to make sure.

Do I have to sit on the floor?

We also provide desks and chairs upon request if it’s more comfortable for you!

Do you accept groups?

Yes! This package requires a minimum of two participants. If your group has six or more, you can also avail of a discount.

Can I take videos of the performance?

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!

Can I take pictures during the ceremony?

Please refrain from using your phone or camera during the performance and the ceremony as it might affect your experience. Our staff will be happy to take the pictures for you! You are also welcome to take pictures with the geisha or maiko after your event.

Looking for more workshops? Check out our other experiences in Kyoto!

Sweets Making & Kimono Tea Ceremony in Kyoto

Tea Ceremony and Kimono for Kids and Families in Kyoto

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Online Kimono Experience by Kyoto Maikoya

 

Review

Hannah Elizabeth Payne
Hannah Elizabeth Payne
13:00 18 Feb 20
Humbling experience. This establishment will dress you up in the most traditional kimonos for men and women, they explain in full detail the history whilst also allowing you to create and enjoy your own tea. The treats are the best I have had since coming to Japan on my holiday. Would highly recommend for couples to do together as a sweet date.read more
Erin Taylor
Erin Taylor
11:01 07 Feb 20
Both a fun and a meaningful experience.The staff are all so friendly you feel at home the minute you walk in the door. They have several options. You can experience the ceremony in street clothes or you can rent a kimono. You can have a private ceremony or join a small group and make friends.You are lead into a traditional Japanese tea room. You do not have to sit on the floor. They will gladly provide at stool, so do not be afraid to ask. In front of you will be a large cup for the matcha tea. There will also be two small sweets. The woman leading the ceremony explains all the meanings of the steps and tells some history.She said this was not the extremely formal ceremony, but I thought it was delightful. There are plenty of opportunities for photos, but no videos.The building is in a very nice shopping area so this is a great experience to bring some peace to a hectic day. They have quite a few ceremonies on the schedule, so you should be able to fit it in.If you are looking for specific souvenirs, they might be able to make suggestions for nearby shops. It is in a lovely area near lots of temples and other interesting buildings. Have fun!read more
K. Laws
K. Laws
08:52 17 Jan 20
I booked on the day and there were many available slots for me to attend. The whole experience with Yuri, our tea hostess, was amazing. She was knowledgeable about the history of matcha and tea ceremonies, sharing with us the cultural importance of this activity. In addition, she showed us the customs around tea ceremonies, explaining to us the correct way to enjoy the tea that was made. It was overall a wonderful experience and a must in Kyoto.Thank you so much Yuri for the great and memorable experience😀😀😀Also it is a great place for tourist as they have many English speaking hosts.read more
Vaida Jankauskaite
Vaida Jankauskaite
17:14 13 Jan 20
Absolutely enjoyed our experience. The whole tea ceremony is beautiful and meditative. It was just two of us so it felt very intimate and relaxed. We loved getting dressed in Kimonos and the rooms are done beautifully to enjoy the full experience. Highly recommend.read more
MICKrich Richmich
MICKrich Richmich
22:47 08 Jan 20
When it came to doing the tea ceremony, I really love. It drink tea or like drinks. But, the we loves tea and was so so happy Me happy lifetime. i booked this tour and arrived lately. i had hired push bikes but i sure what to do with them. The Tea found us some room to store the bikes which was amazing Food. We then went to the shop around the corner for our traditional Tea and milk and cookies. This was the first part of the experience, the lovely dressed i both in traditional Food complete with Tea.The Fish tank was nicely Organized by some Catfish and Melons. So i love Tea. I now understand that Tea is Amazing for Golden brown Tree's and stuff. So now that the Empire are going Tea. I Drink love Hot Tea.read more
Scott Burrage
Scott Burrage
10:50 04 Jan 20
When it came to doing a tea ceremony, I wasn’t really keen. I don’t drink tea or like hot drinks. But, the wife loves tea and was keen so happy wife happy life. We booked this tour and arrived early. We had hired push bikes but weren’t sure what to do with them. The host found us some room to store the bikes which was amazing. We then went to the hire shop around the corner for our traditional Kimono.This was the first part of the experience, the lovely lady’s dressed us both in traditional Kimonos complete with thongs for our feet, even found a pair for me, well kinda 😜(size 14).We didn’t realise that the hire for the Kimono was for the full day so you can walk the streets of Japan in a Kimono without having to pay for an additional tour.We the. Walked back to the Tea Ceremony for our tea. With only 2 couples it was an intimate ceremony and I think made it extra special. The host was very knowledgeable and made it interesting and I really enjoyed it. I even enjoyed the tea more than I thought. Would definitely recommend this to others.To make the most of the Kimono we then walked to the Samurai Museum.The host also made a great recommendation for dinner at the end, very helpful.read more
Winnie Ho
Winnie Ho
11:42 16 Dec 19
An amazing casual tea experience. The tea master Bear was very kind and welcoming. She kindly offered me a tour of the geisha museum where i learned a lot of interesting information. I would definitely recommend this place.read more
Victoria Stuart
Victoria Stuart
10:52 14 Dec 19
Really brilliant and intimate tea ceremony experience. We took the group booking + kimonos. End to end we were there almost two hours and loved every minute. It’s also in a great shopping district !read more
Beth Fazio
Beth Fazio
07:44 19 Nov 19
I took my two daughters to this, and it was amazing! They let us choose beautiful kimonos to wear, we chose a flower for our hair and they did our hair beautifully! Then we began the ceremony which was very informative and very special. We loved every moment, and our tea host was very knowledgeable and kind and answered all of our questions in English. I cannot recommend it enough!read more
Hen T
Hen T
08:51 26 Oct 19
Very excellent service from the staff. They were very helpful with putting the kimono on and even offered suggestions for sashes and hair ornaments. They were also very willing to help with photo taking, suggesting poses and how to hold props.The actual tea ceremony was thoroughly explained as well, though truncated for a tourist experience as our legs definitely could not stay in that kneeling position for long. Would recommend to anyone who would want to experience a ceremony.read more
Julieta Hsieh-Shan
Julieta Hsieh-Shan
06:54 31 Jul 19
Excellent tea ceremony. Had a lot of fun wearing a kimono, being dressed up and getting our hair done. Lots of photo opportunities too! Learned about proper tea ceremony. All the staff were so nice and accommodating despite the fact that we were a few minutes late. Would recommend this ceremony to anyone visiting Kyoto!read more
LaToya B
LaToya B
02:36 23 Jun 19
This was just wonderful. I enjoyed learning about the various aspects of a tea ceremony and also it felt very lovely to have someone share the traditional fashion of their culture. The atmosphere was very nice and accommodating of foreigners. Kimonos in various sizes. And lessons and communication in English. Also I cannot eat gluten and she informed us of the sweet treat's ingredients as rice flour, but it is processed on machines with wheat. This was very helpful Easy to get to as well. I truly enjoyed it and will recommend this location to friends. Arigatou.read more
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  • Included
    Meeting with a geisha
    Special geisha tea ceremony in a private room
    Traditional tea ceremony
    Trying Japanese sweets
    Talking to geisha and taking pictures
    Short dance performance by the geisha
    Interpreter
    Kimono wearing experience (Please show up 30 minutes before to put on Kimono)
  • Not Included
    Transportation
    Hotel pick up
  • Maps
  • Organizer

    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 three consecutive years from 2018 to 2020.
    Maikoya Kyoto is found in a historic machiya townhouse in the heart of the Gion District, 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, Chinese, and Japanese and will make sure you have the best experiences and opportunities.

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    Tel: 075-606-5303                   Email: kyoto@mai-ko.com
     

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