Geisha (Maiko) Tea Ceremony & Show in Kyoto (Festival Season)
Chance to meet geisha during the cherry blossom season!
Enjoy an authentic traditional tea ceremony hosted by a real Kyoto geisha, also called a geiko, or their apprentice called a maiko! You will be introduced to the unique geisha culture of Kyoto, where young geiko women would serve tea to pilgrims visiting the historic temples in Eastern Kyoto.
- Kimono wearing is not included in this experience. If you want to wear a kimono, please also book a kimono rental here.
- There are many festivals in Kyoto in the spring, and geisha schedules can change at short notice. If the show is cancelled in case of emergency you get a full refund. In that case, we will contact you by email by the morning of the day. Please be sure to check your emails from us.
- Children under 6 can not enter the tea ceremony venue.
Geisha (Maiko) Tea Ceremony & Show in Kyoto
Lasts Approximately 45 minutes
Geisha Tea Ceremony
- A geisha or maiko will be leading a tea ceremony and demonstrating the steps.
Matcha Tea and Utensils
- You will be learning how to prepare matcha with the help of the geisha/maiko.
Wagashi or Japanese Sweets
- The wagashi will feature beautiful designs and seasonal flavors unique to Japan.
Presence of an Interpreter
- You will be accompanied by an interpreter who can translate English and Japanese.
Introduction to Geisha Traditions and Tea Ceremony
- This is so you have a better understanding of the culture.
Geisha Dance Performance
- The geisha/maiko will be giving a short performance for you!
Photographs with Geisha
- There will be many opportunities for you to take pictures, and ask questions about things you’re curious about!
13,000yen / person (+tax)
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Geisha Maiko Tea Ceremony Kyoto
As part of their training, the geisha (maiko) in Kyoto learn how to conduct tea ceremonies and often hold tea ceremonies 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 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 powdered green tea and is called Matcha.
Although there will usually be a Maiko available for the tea ceremony and performance, a Geisha will occasionally be booked according to their availability.
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.
Additionally, if you’d like you can also reserve a PRIVATE tea ceremony.
Kyoto Geisha Performance
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.
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.
Are kids allowed during the event? Is there an age limit?
Children under 6 can not enter the tea ceremony 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 ceremony last?
The geisha tea ceremony, performance, and walking tour can last from 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Do you accept walk-ins?
Geisha tea ceremonies need to be booked in advance.
Do you have a souvenir shop?
Yes. We provide matcha tea, tea ceremony sets, calligraphy sets, and much more available.
Are wagashi vegan/vegetarian, halal, or kosher?
Japanese Wagashi are vegan and vegetarian friendly! The plant-based treats are also halal and kosher.
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.