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Geisha Culture in Tokyo

By Viator, November 2017

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Geisha are one of the most misunderstood pieces of the Japanese cultural puzzle. These traditional Japanese entertainers are trained in various Japanese arts—dance, music, and the tea ceremony. Here’s what you need to know about geisha culture in Tokyo.

What is a Geisha?
The Japanese geisha tradition dates back to the 18th century, and modern-day geisha continue to undergo a rigorous apprenticeship in geisha houses that include lessons in song, historic dances, Japanese musical instruments, and the intricacies of the traditional tea ceremony. While there’s a common misconception in the West that geishas are prostitutes, this is not the case. A real geisha projects a sense of feminine perfection and are successful based on their talents at entertaining.

Ways to Experience Geisha Culture in Tokyo
Kyoto may be considered the most famous Japanese city for geisha districts, but you’ll find them in several areas of Tokyo as well. It’s common to see geisha strolling along the cobbled streets of Tokyo’s Kagurazaka neighborhood, and travelers looking for a taste of Japanese entertainment can book an authentic geisha performance over tea or a multi-course meal. For something a little different, opt for a private shopping tour with a geisha or sit down for a private lunch with one.

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Geisha Experience at Chaya in Tokyo, Tokyo, null
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Geisha Experience at Chaya in Tokyo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

This cultural tour is a 1.5 hour geisha experience at a modern ochaya, or contemporary tea house, where geisha entertain guests with song, dance, games and ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.96
Authentic Geisha Performance and Entertainment including a Kaiseki Course Dinner, Tokyo, Cultural ... 
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Authentic Geisha Performance and Entertainment including a Kaiseki Course Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Experience an authentic geisha performance and entertainment with multi-course kaiseki dinner, including an English host/interpreter at a ryoutei, or ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $248.20
Private Custom Shopping Tour with a Geisha, Tokyo, Cultural Tours
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Private Custom Shopping Tour with a Geisha

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Come and discover some of the wonderful unique little shops and centuries old craftsmanship that goes into the making of things that geisha use. Look at the ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $238.66
Edo Kagurazaka Walking Tour and Standing Bar Experience, Tokyo, Custom Private Tours
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Edo Kagurazaka Walking Tour and Standing Bar Experience

4 star rating: Recommended 64 Reviews

Discover the faded charm of Tokyo’s Kagurazaka neighborhood, with its cobblestone streets and traditional architecture. On this guided walking tour, wander ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.01
Private Lunch with Sayuki, the First Western Geisha, Tokyo, Walking Tours
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Private Lunch with Sayuki, the First Western Geisha

Would you like to get a glimpse of the fascinating and secretive world of the geisha? Sayuki, the first westerner to ever debut as a geisha, will set aside ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $286.39
Geisha Banquet in Tokyo, Tokyo, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Geisha Banquet in Tokyo

Experience a unique Geisha experience right here in Tokyo! Be entertained by two Geisha while you enjoy a meal in a traditional teahouse. A real geisha banquet ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $367.53

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