Highlight of the trip. It's actually very difficult to see a Geisha performance if you're a westerner. I heard a lot of the venues are members only and there aren't very many Geisha and Maiko, even in Kyoto. Prices are also extremely high. So when I saw the opportunity to partake in an organized group dinner, I jumped on it. It was magical. The ryokan that hosts it is in the heart of Gion, and looks amazing. The food was very authentic and local, and there were many courses and all-you-can drink plum shoju, beer, or sake. The performance by the Maiko and Geiko were amazing. We got to ask the Maiko questions after, and were able to get photos with them, and finally play some drinking games. They are stellar entertainers and I walked away feeling full of joy for partaking in such a magical experience.
I read all of the positive reviews about this tour and decided to reserve this for my grandma and me. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS DINNER TO ANYONE!!! It was a unique experience that we will both never forget. I was worried that it would be cheesy since it is mainly for tourists, but it felt authentic and we got to experience Kyoto's omotenashi hospitality. There are translators who provide explanations in English and Japanese so even if you don't understand Japanese, no problem. I also love that they allow and encourage photos and videos so that we can leave with many mementos. Good food, unlimited drink, games, warm hospitality. We quickly lost track of time since we both had lots of fun, but if I remember correctly, it was about three hours. In addition to the games, each of the geiko personally visited with tables to talk with us and answer our questions. When we left, we waited a few minutes for our taxi. Since it was cold, they apologized even though it was not a problem and not their fault as we waited on a bench near the exit. They then brought out a warm blanket for us until the taxi came - real omotenashi. Totally worth it! Would do it again!
Very special experience, well worth the cost. After speaking to the locals even they don't get to experience this. Yes its pricey but its exclusive. The food was nice but not unbelievable, and as far as all you can drink - well drink up cos you get distracted by the performance and the games a lot and last drinks are at 7.45pm. I was solo but had a friendly table, the Meikos were very friendly, easy going, beautiful, charming and happy to have photos taken. Everyone had a good time, but the Meikos are the stars of the show.
This was an unbelievable experience! It's akin to meeting a unicorn! The opportunity to ask questions and learn from the Maikos was a highlight of our entire trip! The beautiful dancing and music to the drinking games all you can drink were spectacular. The show takes place at a well-known ryokan the ryokan also has a restaurant that serves traditional Kyoto Kaiseki cuisine. The food was stunningly beautiful same chef. Don't miss this!
This was awesome. There were only 18 of us in the room and everyone got a chance to speak with the Maiko and Geisha. Drinks and dinner was good and the games were fun as well. This was one of the highlights of the entire trip. Will never forget it. Can't recommend enough.
This was such a high quality experience. Loads of fun to meet the other dinner guests, and the maiko themselves were beautiful and very graced in conversation. I recommend it for everyone!!
Awesome. This was a wonderful experience. It was well worth the price. The only weakness would be the food. It could be improved.
An amazing night and definitely a one-of-a-kind experience getting to interact with Maikos. The place that the dinner is held is also absolutely beautiful and the food was good too :
The maiko performance and Kaiseki dinner in Kyoto was one of our favorites from our trip to Japan. We enjoyed every minute of the experience, from the elaborate multi-course meal to the ryokan setting and the maiko dance and drinking games. It was an amazing experience and definitely a key highlight for our vacation. It's something we would do again for sure.
A brilliant evening - not to be missed. The dinner, food, entertainment, games and learning about the Geisha was just amazing. A very entertaining evening. Loved particularly that we got to speak with both the Geisha and Maiko - felt very privileged. It really gave me an appreciation of Japanese culture and left me with a little hope that some of the worlds specialness was being preserved.
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