WE WERE EXCITED TO VISIT THE LAND OF THE GEISHA. Our ladies were entertaining and so sweet. I did not expect them to be older. The food at this facility was horrible! I am sorry to say this but it was not up to the standard we have come to know and expect in Japan. However, the ladies answered all of our questions and explained the history of the Geisha.
A once in a lifetime experience, authentic and 'only in Japan'. We missed out on seeing the geishas is Kyoto whilst we were on tour so decided to book this experience after our tour ended. After we booked it we were a bit worried what we had signed up for as we had to catch 2 subway trains to get to the area and then walk to find the restaurant, with little to no signage in English. The external facade of the restaurant was certainly not a 5 star venue. However, we were ushered into a private dining room, plain but with a definite Japanese feel with tatami mats and traditional music playing, and greeted by a young American woman who would be our host/interpreter for the evening. And so began our experience. AND IT WAS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. Our geisha, through the interpreter, answered all questions about herself and her profession, educated us in the etiquette, prerequisites and history of being a geisha, danced, played games and posed for as many photos as we wanted. It was definitely one of our favourite experiences in Japan and we would highly recommend it. THe food, despite our initial reservations about the restaurant, was oishi delicious.
We arrived in Japan about 10 hrs before this Experience... What a way to open your eyes to the culture... Mind blowing... We were jet lagged without doubt and I was starting to question my wisdom for booking this event... Wow... It's beyond your wildest dreams...The hosts instantly make you feel welcome.. .At this point I won't Lie... The food on first presentation will make you do a double take... But like us... It will Hit home... NOW... I'm in Japan... Our Geisha was just Stunning... Having the chance to learn about her lifestyle face to face and then Witness her drink Beer yes alcohol... well that was priceless...
I was specifically looking for a geisha experience and was pleasantly surprised at the availability of this option. Certainly worth the while, everything from the friendly and very knowledgeable host, to our own personal geisha, to the food at the restaurant chosen. Everything was beyond expectations and truly gave me a good glimpse of Japanese culture and the importance of the Geisha as part of this culture. There were also traditional geisha performances, as well as some games played, which were very fun indeed. I would highly recommend this experience for couples and small groups. Do be on time, as the restaurant reservations are strict and on a back to back basis.