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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Maiko Performance with Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto

Maiko Performance with Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto

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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Customer Reviews

Ann K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

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.

fumikops

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

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!

jfcjb002

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

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.

jramos206

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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!

Ian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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.

Kelly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

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!!

Kenneth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Awesome. This was a wonderful experience. It was well worth the price. The only weakness would be the food. It could be improved.

Vanessa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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 :

Gianni S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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.

jali2005office

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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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