Maiko, Geisha or Samurai Makeover and Photo Session in Kyoto

One of the best!

Reviewed by: Narmina, 2016/08/01

One of the highlights of the whole trip to Japan. We immersed in culture by completely transforming into Maiko and Samurai. Staff was super polite and helpful. Very fast moving with the confidence on what they have been doing. Helping dress us up
into Maiko kimono was not an easy task. Same with putting full make up. It was simply awesome!! Tens of kimonos to choose from, couple of options of wigs.
Fotoshoot was also entertaining and they gave us 10 min to take pictures by ourselves as we wish. At the end they prepared a cd and a little booklet with good quality pictures which is going to be one of the best pictures from a Japan trip.
Those pictures among many we posted on FB from the trip to Japan got the most raving comments. The price was also very reasonable for a couple. Recommend it very much!

Reply from activity provider

Dear Narmina

Thank you for your comment.
We are very glad to hear that you get the wonderful comments at facebook.
I think our shop is the most reasonable and fast to transform maiko and samurai.
Also our photographer can take very graceful pictures.
I wish your pictures will be one of your important memories in your life.

Cordially,
Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2016/07/29
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Fun and Memorable Photoshoot Experience

Reviewed by: Heather, 2016/07/12

It was a very fun experience! I was glad I was able to buy more poses and the backgrounds they used were very nice. You definitely need to plan for ample time before and during as it may take longer than expected.

As a side note, not against the company per say, but I would have liked that on the Veltra website they would have listed the various upgrade options they had for each package.


Reply from activity provider

Dear Ms. Heather

Thank you for your message.

To transform geisha takes long time, but I hope you could transform beautiful geisha at our studio.

Please keep your pictures forever.

I would like to see you again someday, if you have a chance to visit to our shop.


Cordially,

Maiko henshin studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2016/07/04
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Maiko in Kyoto

Reviewed by: Nicolette, 2016/05/22

This was a fun addition to our trip to Japan. The studio is in a perfect neighbourhood. The setting is professional.
the overall experience was nice, but at times I thought it was a bit to commercial to my taste. We were rushes through hair, make-up and dressing. Except for the choice of kimono and obi (they were beuatiful) there was little room for questions, remarks and personal taste.
I thought it was a pitty that it is forbidden to take snapshots during the process, something I was more interested in than the end-result.
The photographer is very professional in a good way. He is quick, but not rushed. He knows his trade and the pictures turned out nice.
Having said so, i would recommand this place.

Reply from activity provider

Dear Nicolette

Thank you for your amazing comments.

Our staff will be very happy to read your message.

I am so sorry, everyone wears only underwear during the process, so you couldn't take pictures inside. Thank you for your understanding.

He is one of the nice photographer at our studio.

I hope you got nice pictures in your hands.

If you have a time, I would like to see your family and friends!


Sincerely,

Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Friends
Activity Date:2016/04/14
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OK experience. Not great pics.

Reviewed by: Suzanne, 2016/05/01

Be prepared for them to try and up-sell you a lot when you get there. And don't be too disappointed if the pics are not great. They do not work with what is best for you, everybody gets put in the same pose and that will not work for everybody.
The lady at the front desk was NOT nice. Her attitude ruined the whole experience for me. It was just ok. I wouldn't do it again.

Reply from activity provider

Dear Ms. Suzanne

Thank you for your coming on April.
First, I am so sorry for our studio staff.
Then thank you for your opinion about our staff.
I will hardly train them again and give them entry level education.
Also she is not get used to her work of customer service yet.
We will train our staff hardly and try to not to repeat such a thing again for you will be interested again in our shop.
Thank you for your opinion about our staff this time.

Best regards,
Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Families
Activity Date:2016/04/26
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Nice experience for Stroll Plan

Reviewed by: Oradee, 2016/04/30

Professional and friendly staff. The staff can speak English. I have enjoyed the stroll plan for walk around and get some nice photo and compliment from tourist. Nice experience and memory in Kyoto. The photo which taken from studio only 3 photos are good out of 9 photos. I am lucky with the weather and have a good photos with students and surrounding. This was my 2nd time so I would recommended to anyone come in Kyoto to try this.


Reply from activity provider

Dear Ms. Oradee

Thank you for your coming to our shop.
The Strolling plan is one of our popular plan.
You could take many pictures with tourists.
I would like to see you again in Kyoto as the third time someday.

Wishes,
Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2016/04/13
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Highly suggest; expect upcharge on site

Reviewed by: Kyoto visitor, 2016/04/15

They are tucked away on a side street; look for an illuminated sign! They will offer to up sale you on backgrounds, a book with your pictures, CD, half wig vs full that will show lines in the pictures. They have soaps, sinks, and hairdryers to clean up after. The kimonos are gorgeous, and the pictures are keepsake.

Reply from activity provider

Thank you for your comments.
Our plan is the basic price, so you can customize some options.
If you wanted something to clean up after you finished the plan, I would like to know them.
We have about 100 kimono, you could choose the best your kimono.
Thank you so much for your coming!

Best regards,

Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Friends
Activity Date:2016/04/13
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Amazing! So much fun!

Reviewed by: Johanna , 2016/04/12

We both loved it! Yay! Dressing up was awesome and we loved posing. We were treated very well and it was super fun.


Reply from activity provider

Thank you for your comments.
Our studio have many poses for photo shooting, also we have over 100 kimonos!
You could choose the best kimono for you.
If you have a chance, I'd like to see you again someday.

Have a good day,
Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2016/04/10
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Maiko makeover

Reviewed by: Nur, 2016/03/21

As this is the first time i tried veltra i wasnt sure of its credibility but it turned out great had loads of fun doing the makeover.

Reply from activity provider

Ms.Nur

Thank you for your comments.
We're happy you enjoyed transforming maiko.
When you have some questions, please e-mail us directly.
If you have a chance, we would like to see you again!

Have a nice day,
Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Solo Travelers
Activity Date:2016/03/19
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Geisha make over

Reviewed by: mubson@msn.com, 2016/02/07

This was a truly a once in a life time experience. My daughters and myself just loved it. There is so much that goes into preparing the look. It's was amazing


  • Amazing treasured moments for life X

Reply from activity provider

Thank you for your comments! There are Japanese room, Japanese tea room. We're glad you could take pitures in these rooms. If you have a chance, I'd like to see you again someday.

Have a nice day,
Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Families
Activity Date:N/A
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Samurai makeover

Reviewed by: Andrew Sparke, 2015/11/01

Found it a little difficult to locate. As such I arrived ten minutes late. Thankfully the staff were understanding and spoke good English so communication was easy. Getting dressed up in the layers upon layers that make up the outfit was fun. The photo shoot was good but the photographer chooses the poses. It did make it bit unnatural. The photographs are of high quality and there are a number of additional options you can choose from on arrival. The experience was good and given the chance I'd do it again.

Reply from activity provider

Thank you for your message.

All staff can speak in English a little, so to communicate in English was no problem for you.
Our featuring is low prices and rapid tempo, so our photographer choose pictures.
If you have a chance, I'd like to see you again someday.

Have a nice day,

Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Solo Travelers
Activity Date:2015/10/09
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