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Fantastic and special experience. This was a once in a lifetime excursion, expensive but boy was it worth it. My family (4 of us with a 15 and 11 year old) were met at our hotel and transported by taxi to the GIon district. We were taken to a private room in what was clearly an authentic Japanese restuarant and treated like royalty. Course after course was brought out to us whilst we were entertained by a Maiko. We were able to ask any questions, learning a lot about Japanese culture and the life of the Maiko and Geisha. It was just wonderful. The food was not always entirely to our palate (lots and lots of fish) but that just added to the overall sense that we had stepped back in time. If you have the opportunity ... Do it.
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our party had 5 adults in their early 20s and two adults over 50.
The absolute highlight of my entire trip to Japan. My translator was wonderful and helped guide us through the process. The locale was superb and the owner/staff were so incredibly welcoming. I felt like a celebrity! Once the Maiko arrived, I felt like I was in a room with a unicorn. She was such a special person and I felt honored to be in her presence. She was there for a few hours and the translated conversation was wonderful. She played music, danced, and helped serve the drinks. It's pricey but worth it as you get to spend time with an artist from an era long past.
Quite pricey but such a good experience
Our guide spoke excellent English and had a lot of experience, that was quite interesting :
That tour was actually a gift for my parents who were simply delighted! We were quite luck to be able to see many Maiko and Geisha in a nearby local festival just before the dinner.
Dinner itself was impressive, sooooo many delicious dishes were brought, that was really amazing!
Our translator/guide Reiko picked us up promptly at our hotel and had a cab waiting to take us to Gion, where we spent a few minutes marveling at the illuminated cherry blossoms and the lovely people strolling in the area. Then we were whisked away to the restaurant for our evening with the geisha. It was a beautiful evening. The service by the restaurant staff was excellent. Reiko proved to be an excellent translator for our communication with our maiko, answering all our questions with a smile. It was a magical evening to experience the world of geisha up close, to see her hair and make-up, her beautiful kimono and her gentle demeanor. Our maiko entertained us with music, dance, conversation and a fun game at the end of the evening. We felt very special receiving all the attention. The men in our group were especially appreciative of her presence but the ladies enjoyed themselves a lot too. We were a bit disappointed with the quality of the dinner. Having eaten in other expensive restaurants. we felt that it could have been a bit more inventive, but in the end the evening was more about the culture of the geisha rather than gastronomy. I cannot speak highly enough of our wonderful translator and guide Reiko, whose politesse and proficiency in English made our evening so enjoyable!
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