- Private dinner with a geisha and walking tour of Kyoto’s geisha district
- Stroll through the Gion neighborhood with your private guide and learn about the history of these gifted Japanese artists
- Savor exquisite kaiseki (haute cuisine) at a private restaurant, accompanied by a geisha
- Converse with the geisha and learn more about her world as your guide translates
- Enjoy the traditional dance and musical entertainment performed by the geisha after your meal
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What You Can Expect
If you’re lucky, you might catch sight of a geisha as she heads to her first appointment of the evening. Geisha translates to “art person,” and traditional singing, dancing, musical instruments and other arts, including ikebana (flower arrangement) and the tea ceremony, are her specialties.
After the walk, your small group will meet one of the exquisitely dressed entertainers at a private restaurant. This special occasion includes a traditional multi-course kaiseki meal. The fresh, seasonal meal is yet another tantalizing example of Kyoto's cultural riches.
The kaiseki starts with an aperitif, followed by a selection of beautifully arranged appetizers. You’ll sample a variety of delicious dishes for your main course and finish with a light dessert.
During the meal, the geisha will chat and pour drinks. Your guide translates your questions to the geisha, enabling you to have a conversation with her. Gain a better sense of her profession and Japan's ancient culture throughout your meal. After dinner, turn your attention to the geisha’s performance featuring traditional dances and songs.
Take photos throughout the evening to remember this rare experience of dining with a geisha in Kyoto's Gion district.
The absolute highlight of my entire trip to Japan. My translator was wonderful and helped guide us through the process. The locale was superb and the owner/staff were so incredibly welcoming. I felt like a celebrity! Once the Maiko arrived, I felt like I was in a room with a unicorn. She was such a special person and I felt honored to be in her presence. She was there for a few hours and the translated conversation was wonderful. She played music, danced, and helped serve the drinks. It's pricey but worth it as you get to spend time with an artist from an era long past.
Our translator/guide Reiko picked us up promptly at our hotel and had a cab waiting to take us to Gion, where we spent a few minutes marveling at the illuminated cherry blossoms and the lovely people strolling in the area. Then we were whisked away to the restaurant for our evening with the geisha. It was a beautiful evening. The service by the restaurant staff was excellent. Reiko proved to be an excellent translator for our communication with our maiko, answering all our questions with a smile. It was a magical evening to experience the world of geisha up close, to see her hair and make-up, her beautiful kimono and her gentle demeanor. Our maiko entertained us with music, dance, conversation and a fun game at the end of the evening. We felt very special receiving all the attention. The men in our group were especially appreciative of her presence but the ladies enjoyed themselves a lot too. We were a bit disappointed with the quality of the dinner. Having eaten in other expensive restaurants. we felt that it could have been a bit more inventive, but in the end the evening was more about the culture of the geisha rather than gastronomy. I cannot speak highly enough of our wonderful translator and guide Reiko, whose politesse and proficiency in English made our evening so enjoyable!