Great experienceReviewed by: DCL, 2016/12/31
We really enjoyed our experience at Gion Hatanaka. .The dinner was great and the maiko/geiko we met were very poised and kind.
Amazing one-of-a-kind experienceReviewed by: willie r., 2016/06/06
Went to Kyoto with a friend and we wanted something authentic. This fit the bill perfectly. The Maiko performed well, and look flawless, as expected. The staff was super helpful, and as usual the language difference was not an issue.
Pros: The food is delicious, open bar, the ambiance, the drinking games, the information/history presentation.
Cons: food is pre-set, shoes are removed so wear socks, the room was quite warm by the end of the night.
Absolutely wonderful!!Reviewed by: Erika, 2016/05/11
Show was great!! Dinner was very good, especially since my husband and I are not big fish eaters. They are not stingy with the drinks either. The two maikos performance was beautiful along with their costumes and make-up. The interactive games afterwards had the whole room laughing. A bit pricey but highly recommend. Great experience since there are so few geisha left practicing.
Maiko ExperienceReviewed by: Hank, 2016/04/30
Absolutely fantastic experience. First time to see Japan, & the Geisha was one of the top of the list. The catering staff were professional & very friendly. The Maiko themselves carried out a great performance. There was time for photos & interactive conversation. They also played some Geisha games with the dinner group. All in all, highly recommended, especially if you have never seen Geisha perform in real life.
Highlight of our Kyoto experienceReviewed by: YK Han, 2016/04/23
The Maiko Experience gave us an interesting and unforgettable insight into the lives of Maiko-san and Geiko-san, which otherwise would be inaccessible for non-Japanese. Fun games and photo session were also included, which gave us an overall unforgettable evening.
Wonderful ExperiwnceReviewed by: Ruth, 2016/04/17
Travelled solo and felt welcome. Assigned with a family of three and enjoyed their company. Worth the price in completing a trip in Gion. Food was your traditional Japanese Kyoto cuisine. For first timers an adventure! Will do it again.
Chance of a Lifetime!Reviewed by: Andrea Withers, 2016/04/03
It is difficult if not impossible to see a real Geisha in Japan without booking a special tour such as this. I was on a group tour that didn't include a Geisha evening, and all the people on the tour stood for an hour on a street corner in Gion, hoping to see a Geisha, but to no avail. They were certainly jealous to hear that I'd booked a separate tour to ensure connecting with this special part of Japanese culture. And it was SO worth it to enjoy the endless courses of Japanese specialty food and overflowing drinks, as well as the beautiful dances and songs of the Maiko and Geisha, not to mention the fun drinking games and the table-side chats we had. The two ladies came to each table (four at a table) and talked with us, answering any questions we had (via a translator) and taking photos with us. I have precious memories on video from this very special evening. Highly recommend it!
Fabulous evening!Reviewed by: Carl, 2016/03/19
Lovely venue, great food and drink, and excellent entertainment. Would highly recommend.
Excellent eveningReviewed by: Burgesswaz, 2015/11/04
We enjoyed a wonderful evening! Each course of the banquet was beautifully presented and each course enjoyable. The experience with the geisha was informative, the dance excellent and the games entertaining. Speaking with the maiko was just wonderful given our interest in this part of the culture. There are just the right amount of guests enough for atmosphere.
nice experienceReviewed by: Eva, 2015/08/02
As a surprise for my mother I booked the geisha experience. It was a nice evening and seeing the geiko and maiko perform was quite nice. Interacting with them was quite difficult, especially since the interpretor was answering the questions instead of interpreting. Although it must be a routine evening for both the interpretor and the geek and make it would have been nice if he would at least translate the questions. Food was ok. A lot of fish. For me too much, a mixture of at least tofu and fish would have been nice. Or meat and fish. All in all a very nice evening.