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Discover the charms and elegance of the ‘maiko’ (apprentice geisha) during a sumptuous evening of culture and cuisine at the Takao Momijiya restaurant. Escape the city heat like the Kyoto locals do and take in this 90-minute outdoor dinner show at a traditional restaurant located on the Kiyotaki River, on the outskirts of Kyoto. As you watch the maikos perform their songs and dance, enjoy a look into Japan's ancient cultural traditions, a must-do experience available only from June to September.

Highlights

  • 4-hour maiko evening performance with outdoor dining in Kyoto
  • Watch maiko performing traditional Japanese in the refined ambience of Takao Momijiya restaurant
  • Enjoy a Kyoto-style dinner of seasonal delicacies
  • Chat and take photos with the maiko after the performance
  • Stay cool during your dinner on a terrace that overlooks the Kiyotaki River
  • Includes round-trip transport from the New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto

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What You Can Expect

Maiko Performance and Dinner Overlooking Kiyotaki River

Maiko Performance and Dinner Overlooking Kiyotaki River

Your evening starts with pickup from the New Miyako Hotel and transfer in a shared vehicle to the Takao Momijiya restaurant, located about nine miles (14 km) outside of Kyoto on the Kiyotaki River.

The host shows you to your table on the restaurant's covered outdoor terrace, where a fresh breeze from the clear river cools the air and fireflies may come out at night. Enjoy a multicourse dinner that features seasonal delicacies of Kyoto. The meal is served as you watch the maiko's delicate and skillful performance of traditional music and dance. Relish the experience, one that is rarely witnessed by foreigners in Japan.
After the performance, you can converse with the maiko about Japanese arts and take photos of the expertly coiffed maiko. At the end of this memorable evening, transfer back to the New Miyako Hotel to end where your tour.

Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.

Customer Reviews

Elisha P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Absolutely wonderful night! A beautiful meal in a breathtaking location. Highly recommended for those seeking an immersive, authentic Japanese experience.

Alison W

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

We had an amazing time and loved meeting the Maiko. The only problem I had was with our host, who circled our table and reprimanded my teenage son for not eating the food and reprimanded me for needing to educate him. It was really embarrassing, as the people around us were staring at us and this woman was challenging me, asking me what I feed my son at home and then shaming me because I answered hamburgers and macaroni and cheese. I had given my son permission to taste all the foods, not shovel it into his mouth. One bite was enough for me but this woman was all over us and it was awful. At first I angrily wished to give the rating one star because it ruined my dinner to be spoken to this way for at least 20-30 minutes but the dinner was wonderful in many other ways. It was a very expensive dinner and not appreciated. But we loved the Maikos. They were so sweet and beautiful. We were so charmed! We would love to come back again one day.

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