Taito, Japan
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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Immerse yourself in a traditional 'maiko' (apprentice geisha) performance and have the opportunity to interact with them afterward. You'll learn about the time-honored Japanese customs of these women trained to perform elegant music and dance. You're served bottled matcha with either Japanese sweets or a bento box lunch.
  • Be entertained by a maiko performance
  • Learn about local culture by interacting with performers
  • Matcha with snacks or a bento box lunch
  • Receive a Japanese hand towel as a souvenir
  • Choice of several showtimes throughout the day
Select among several showtimes at booking and make your way to the venue in Kyoto. On arrival, you'll watch a sophisticated performance of traditional dance and music by the maiko — women who are training to become geishas. Admire the grace and beauty of their elegant costumes and movements on stage.
After the performance, your host explains the significance of maiko in Japanese culture. Then spend some time interacting and even taking photos with the maiko — it's a rare experience for tourists to have the opportunity to meet these revered entertainers. 
Finally, you're served a bento box lunch (if the Wareshinobu option is chosen) or Japanese sweets with matcha (Ofuku option).

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, Oct 2018

There were only four of us there, so we got extra time with the maiko. I cannot praise the establishment enough. We had a brilliant time and everyone was so polite and friendly.

, Mar 2018

This was a really unique and initmate experience and I'm surprised not more people attended! It was beautiful to see first hand what years of training as a Maiko looks like and the art behind the cultural symbol. The location was a bit difficult to find and the directions/address provided on the voucher weren't the greatest. However, getting to interact with the Maiko was great and from my understanding an otherwise rare occasion. Would have liked a little bit more in depth and structured explanation regarding life as a Maiko/Geiko, but watching the tea ceremony and traditional dance was enjoyable enough.

, Jan 2018

We enjoyed learning about the Maiko culture in Japan. This was a once in a lifetime experience. Our hosts and performing Maiko were all very gracious and eager to teach us about the culture. The performance was beautiful.

, Dec 2017

This was a lovely intimate way of seeing a maiko performance. A short film gave us an insight into the tradition of the Maiko and after a live performance of dances we were delighted to to speak with her about her art and life.

, Dec 2017

Great tour! It gave a good insight into geisha lifestyle, as the group was very small - only 6 people - and maiko made sure to talk to everyone. I think it's an essential experience for any visitors of Japan!

, Nov 2017

This was a terrific way to get an insight into the world of the geisha/mako. Included a mini tea ceremony, some dancing and a complimentary photo with one of the mako. Could also take our own photos and got to talk to the mako after their performance. If you want to experience some of this culture would recommend it.

, Oct 2017

This was a great way to see and experience a Maiko performance. Our party of four adults arrived at the venue rather early and hot.
We were made welcome to wait indoors and with a cool drink each.
We enjoyed the short intoduction to a tea ceromany. I say short because I have heard they can go on for some hours .
The question and answer time after the performance was a grat way to end our experience.
I am not sure how to put photo,s on this. Sorry

, Oct 2017

We had quite an intimate experience as we were one of the few people there that afternoon. The aircon was a god send in sticky June weather!
Watching the tea being made and experiencing Maiko dancing was wonderful, I really appreciated being able to talk to the Maiko afterwards and learn a little about them in a more casual setting! One of the other Maiko women translated.
Highly recommended if you want the chance to meet Maiko without it being too expensive

, May 2017

The group setting was small and intimate which made the atmosphere feel cozy and un-rushed. The best part was to see the Maiko performance and interact with her afterwards up close and personal. The staff members were sweet and attentive. The price was reasonable and very worthwhile. If this is your first time traveling to Kyoto and would like to experience an authentic Maiko performance, this is the place to check out.

, Mar 2017

Highlight of my trip to Japan. Maiko was absolutely beautiful. I am so thankful that I got to experience this opportunity to see the Maiko perform. Hosts were wonderful and very accomodating. Highly recommend the maiko theatre to anyone visiting Kyoto. Its a must see!

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