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Maiko Performance with Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto

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Kyoto, Japan
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2 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

Immerse yourself in the beguiling beauty of the ‘maiko’ (apprentice geisha) scene during an exquisite evening of culture and cuisine at Gion Hatanaka. Gain fascinating insight into ancient Japanese customs as you chat with maikos and capture photographs to immortalize your memorable evening. Sip on a selection of unlimited drinks and pleasure your palate with delicacies inspired by ‘kaiseki’ cuisine, a traditional Japanese cooking style. Enhance your cultural experience of Japan on this enriching evening tour.
  • 2-hour maiko performance with kaiseki-style dinner in Kyoto
  • Enjoy an evening of elegant entertainment with traditional Japanese music and dance performances
  • Interact with maiko and geiko during conversation and drinking games
  • Indulge in a multicourse dinner with unlimited beverages
  • Learn about the philosophy and cooking methods behind kaiseki cuisine
When the sun sets, make your own way to Gion Hatanaka, a cultural center located in Kyoto’s renowned geisha district. On arrival, greet your courteous host and take a seat at your table in the elegant banquet room. Admire the elegance that exudes from sophisticated geishas as they perform traditional music and dances.

Listen as your host offers insight into the cultural significance of the geisha’s performance them commence your intimate dining experience; tantalize your taste buds with local delicacies prepared by an expertly trained chef and experience the rich flavor of sashimi and lightly steamed seasonal ingredients. Season your meal with sauces characteristic of Japanese cuisine, sprinkling fish stock, soy sauce or sweet sake over your meal.

Converse with the maiko and capture fabulous photographs of their exquisite attire while sipping unlimited alcoholic beverages and soft drinks from the bar. When your 2-hour evening comes to an end, depart from the cultural center and make your own way back to your hotel.

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Highlight of our trip. Fantastic to...
Janet F
, Jul 2018
Highlight of our trip. Fantastic to be able to speak with the Maiko and ask questions etc. Dinner was fabulous and important to be brave and try everything as you will be surprised how delicious everything is. I thought the drinking games may be tacky but they were very funny and delightful. It is not cheap but is worth it.
We loved this experience! The Maiko...
hoverscout
, Apr 2018
We loved this experience! The Maiko performed dances and played music and even played some drinking games. They taught us all about the history of the Geikos and how they differ from the Geishas. We also played some other games and they gave us prizes. The food was delicious too. Most of it is made with seafood, so make sure to ask for a special meal if you can't eat fish.
This event was so beautiful and...
TK
, Mar 2018
This event was so beautiful and authentically Japanese, that I could not believe that I was there. The maiko was funny, beautiful and skilled in entertaining a room full of people. This girl was truly on her way to becoming a geisha. The whole geisha district had a special mystic feel about it but to experience their old-world charm and skill was something beyond movies. The reality was far greater than any description in a book - you have to meet them and experience the night for yourself. Be adventurous and be immersed in the mysticism of ancient Japan with their music, costumes and grace.
This was an amazing experience for...
revlon f
, Mar 2018
This was an amazing experience for me and my 15 year old daughter. She was fascinated by one of the young geishas. The performances and games were entertaining and we spoke with one of the performers who gave us her backstory. The only change I would make is to have the host explain what we ate.
A fantastic evening, of wonderful...
Laura H
, Feb 2018
A fantastic evening, of wonderful, unusual food and brilliant entertainment. It was fascinating to get an insight into the world of geishas in Japan.
This was perhaps the most...
David J
, Jan 2018
This was perhaps the most interesting tour we took the entire trip. Gave us a glimpse into the world of Geishas that we would have not been able to have otherwise. Highly recommended!
Highly recommend this dinner in...
angelkat21
, Jan 2018
Highly recommend this dinner in Kyoto! The food was amazing and they let you select your all-you-can-drink beverage. They have both alcoholic and non alcoholic selections. I recommend the cold sake. The maiko performance and interaction with the guests was fun. Be prepared for drinking games!
Good to be able to see a...
Carolina W
, Jan 2018
Good to be able to see a performance. You then get a maiko who goes to each table for about 10mins and answer any questions you may have for them regarding the performance or lifestyle etc.
A fifteen minute presentation of...
sanjeev s
, Nov 2017
A fifteen minute presentation of classical dance and learning about the distinguished formal training of a Maiko. All the sanctity, nobility and dignity of the art of the Maiko was lost as she got down on all fours for drinking games. If I had known that over half of the two hour event, that cost 175 per person, was drinking games I would have spent my money elsewhere. Buyer beware.
Very cool. The food was great but...
Dorothy L
, Nov 2017
Very cool. The food was great but the time with the Maiko and Gecko was the best part. They spent time at our table answering questions about the fascinating life they live and the reasons that they decided to become Maiko.

Product code: 6640KYOMAIKO

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