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Meet Maiko (Trainee Geisha) and Tea Ceremony in Traditional Gion
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Join geisha and maiko in Kyoto for a tea ceremony. Sip green tea while you watch an elegant dance performance at a traditional Kyoto tea house. Meet and chat with a real trainee geisha!

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  • Meeting maiko in Kyoto
  • A Kyoto maiko getting ready to perform
  • tea time with maiko 2 cropped
  • Maiko performing nihon buyo dance
  • The maiko posing in front of a gilt screen

Save up to 72% with Group Discount

Since the 1800s, geisha and maiko have been a beautiful sight throughout Kyoto. With their signature white make-up and elaborate kimonos, they are a sight to see. Trained in numerous Japanese arts, from classical instruments to dance and tea ceremony, being entertained by a geisha or a maiko (apprentice) is truly unforgettable.

Normally new customers won't be seen without a recommendation from a regular client. However the Tomikiku tea house in Gion offers this once in a lifetime opportunity. Relax as you are served green tea and watch a graceful dance and lyrical music performance, then you may even play traditional games with a geisha or maiko before taking photos. Some of the maiko speak English, giving you even more chances to ask questions easily.
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Due to arrangements made with the maiko/geisha and the tea house, it may take more than 72 hours for your booking to be confirmed. We also recommend selecting second and third possible times when booking, just in case.
Price
1 Select a date
2 Select the amount (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
You can book a maximum of 16.
Adult (Age 11 & over)
USD 137.32
USD 137.32
Child (Age 0-10)
free
free
Instant Confirmation USD 0.00 USD 0.00
USD 0.00
USD 0.00
Total:
*The price is subject to change depending on the start time or add-on(s) you choose.
Adult (Age 11 & over)
USD 137.32
USD 137.32
*Price per participant if booked solo (one participant).
USD 274.64
USD 274.64
Child (Age 0-10)
free
free
Children (ages 0-10) may join for free but will not get a separate drink.

Save up to 72% with Group Discount

Adult (Age 11 & over) (3 persons)
USD 91.59
USD 91.59
USD 137.32 33%off
USD 137.32 33%off
Adult (Age 11 & over) (4 persons)
USD 68.66
USD 68.66
USD 137.32 50%off
USD 137.32 50%off
Adult (Age 11 & over) (5 persons)
USD 54.93
USD 54.93
USD 137.32 60%off
USD 137.32 60%off
Adult (Age 11 & over) (6-8 persons)
USD 48.33
USD 48.33
USD 137.32 65%off
USD 137.32 65%off
Adult (Age 11 & over) (9-12 persons)
USD 43.26
USD 43.26
USD 137.32 68%off
USD 137.32 68%off
Adult (Age 11 & over) (13-16 persons)
USD 38.17
USD 38.17
USD 137.32 72%off
USD 137.32 72%off
  • Duration: 1 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: English-speaking assistant / Japanese-speaking guide / Maiko or Geiko (Geisha) entertainment / Green tea / Japanese-style snack
Package detail / Schedule
Schedule & Location
  • Schedule
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  • Check-in
    Time & Location
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  • Check-out
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Starting time: 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00
Starting time: 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00
  • 13:55 Check-in at Gion Tomikiku
  • 14:00 Matcha Tea Time
    20130712083522_178320859_9 Watch the maiko perform an short, elegant tea ceremony, then sip a cup of rich green tea and enjoy the sweetness of wagashi Japanese confectioneries.
  • Traditional Dance Entertainment
    After tea has been served, the maiko will then perform a nihon buyo dance. Requiring years of training, these dances are usually accompanied with recorded music, and are punctuated by using her fan and sleeves to bring out the feeling of the piece.
  • Photo Time
    You can chat with the maiko or geisha and ask them about their world, a rare chance to discover this side of Japan!
    After that, take photos with the maiko in the tearoom, for unforgettable memories.
  • 14:50 Check-out at Gion Tomikiku
Notes
Restriction(s)
    • Up to 16 people may fit into one room, however there may be cases the room will feel tight or crowded. Please take this into consideration when booking as a large group.
    • Children ages 0-10 may join for free but will not be getting a separate cup of tea or alternate drinks.
    • For groups of 1 adult and 1 child (age 0 to 10), please note that you will be charged the price for a solo traveler.
Additional Note(s)
    • Only one Maiko or Geiko will be assigned to each group.
    • Please understand that English-speaking Maiko or Geisha may not always be available.
    • You may change your drink from tea to beer for no additional charge. However, everyone in your group must switch their drink to beer.
      Please understand that in the case this switch is made, a tea preparation performance by the Maiko will be excluded.
    • The maiko dance will be performed with 1 recorded song.
    • Please understand that due to high demand, the confirmation process of this activity may take 3 days or more. To prevent late confirmation, please book days prior your desired activity date.
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    • You can book a maximum of 16.
Activity provider
FAQ
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Does the Maiko or Geisha attend only our group?
  • 1 Maiko or Geiko will be assigned per group.
Can children join the tour?
  • There are no age restrictions for joining this activity. Children are welcome to participate.
Please click HERE to send an inquiry about this activity
Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
Credit card payment
Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made between 00:00 local time, 7 business days to 23:59 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
  • Any cancellations made after 23:59 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
From USD 38.17
From USD 38.17

Taxes & fees included

1% Reward Points
(4.86/5.00) 4.86 / 5
(65 reviews)
Language English, Japanese
Pick-up Not available
Duration 1 hour(s)
Availability Daily

LATEST 5-STAR REVIEWS

We were not quite sure what to expect from this. It is really hard to meet Maiko in private but thanks to Veltra we were able to meet a real Maiko (actually a Geiko), talk with her and have our photos...more
by: Sue Shepherd
This was a truly special experience with a charming maiko who spoke good English (as did the owner). We were expecting to be in a group but found there was just the two of us. What a treat. She danced...more
by: Michelle
Once in a lifetime experience, I highly recommend it.
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Meet Maiko (Trainee Geisha) and Tea Ceremony in Traditional Gion