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Kyoto Private Maiko Entertainment with Tea Ceremony & Photo Op
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Tea time with a maiko in Kyoto, Japan

Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with a maiko

Join a maiko for a lovely time in Kyoto, complete with a private tea ceremony, elegant dance performances, and rare photo opportunities. Chat with the apprentice geisha herself and gain insight into their lives for the full maiko experience.

  • Tea time with a maiko in Kyoto, Japan
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  • Meeting maiko in Kyoto
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  • A Kyoto maiko getting ready to perform
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Save up to 72% with Group Discount

Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity
This activity allows you access to maiko entertainment, normally reserved for regular clients only. Take this chance to get the full maiko experience, which includes participating in a tea ceremony, watching a sophisticated dance performance and playing fun parlor games. You also get to take photos of and with a maiko, an even rarer opportunity now that Gion has imposed strict rules to protect privacy.


What is a Geisha?
A geisha is an entertainer highly skilled in traditional Japanese arts. These skills include traditional Japanese dance, musical instruments, and parlor games called ozashiki asobi.


Geisha vs. Geiko
While most English speakers are familiar with the term "geisha," this word applies to entertainers based in Tokyo. In Kyoto, where geisha culture is most prominent, the term used is "geiko."


What is a Maiko?
A maiko is a geisha in training, often distinguished by colorful kimono and elaborate hair accessories she wears. An aspiring maiko can only debut after years of extensive training. A maiko also typically spends five or so years before graduating to become a geiko.
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Price
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2 Select the amount (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
You can book a maximum of 16.
Adult (Age 11 & over)
USD 135.59
USD 135.59
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 135.59
USD 135.59
*Price per participant if booked solo (one participant).
USD 271.18
USD 271.18
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 90.44
USD 90.44
USD 135.59 33%off
USD 135.59 33%off
Adult (Age 11 & over) (4 persons)
USD 67.80
USD 67.80
USD 135.59 50%off
USD 135.59 50%off
Adult (Age 11 & over) (5 persons)
USD 54.24
USD 54.24
USD 135.59 60%off
USD 135.59 60%off
Adult (Age 11 & over) (6-8 persons)
USD 47.73
USD 47.73
USD 135.59 65%off
USD 135.59 65%off
Adult (Age 11 & over) (9-12 persons)
USD 42.71
USD 42.71
USD 135.59 68%off
USD 135.59 68%off
Adult (Age 11 & over) (13-16 persons)
USD 37.69
USD 37.69
USD 135.59 72%off
USD 135.59 72%off
  • Duration: 1 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: English-speaking assistant / Japanese-speaking guide / Maiko or Geiko (Geisha) dance with one (1) recorded music / Green tea / Japanese confectionery
Package detail / Schedule
Schedule & Location
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  • Check-in
    Time & Location
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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 Tea Ceremony
    tea time with maiko 2 cropped Make yourself comfortable as you take a seat in the authentic tatami-matted Japanese tea room. Watch the maiko prepare a cup of usucha (light matcha green tea) for you. Enjoy the delightful flavor of tea accompanied by the sweetness of wagashi (Japanese confectionaries).
  • Maiko Performance
    24_6_2016 Kyoto Maiko 12_1 After the tea has been served, the maiko will then perform a graceful Nihon Buyo dance with one recorded music. Requiring years of training, the maiko's dance is punctuated by using her fan and sleeves to bring out the feeling of the piece.
  • Ozashiki Asobi Parlor Games
    24_6_2016 Kyoto Maiko 12_1 Take part in traditional drinking games with the maiko called Ozashiki Asobi. One of the games you may play is the popular Konpira Fune Fune that uses a small table, cup, and accompanying song. Two players take turns in moving the cup while playing rock paper scissors to the rhythm of the song.
  • Chat with a Maiko
    24_6_2016 Kyoto Maiko 12_1 Some of the maikos speak English; hence, you may take this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the arts, culture, and life of a maiko by asking insightful questions.
  • Photo Time
    lunch with maiko 1 cropped Photos and filming are permitted throughout your entire experience. Toward the end, you can even take a photo with the maiko for an unforgettable time in Kyoto.
  • 14:50 Check-out from 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)
    • 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
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
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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 37.69
From USD 37.69

Taxes & fees included

1% Reward Points
(4.76/5.00) 4.76 / 5
(136 reviews)

Language English, Japanese
Pick-up Not available
Duration 1 hour(s)
Availability Daily

LATEST 5-STAR REVIEWS

Our tea ceremony with the Maiko was truly one of our favorite things that we did in Japan. She was truly mesmerizing, fascinating, welcoming and so very kind. She was engaging us in really wonderful c...more
This was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Japan. The host was very charming. We were invited into and treated to tea and snacks as the Maiko performed a beautiful dance. Initially I was ...more
by: Puteri
It was my husband and I’s first time in Japan. We absolutely loved the experience. The host was very...more
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Kyoto Private Maiko Entertainment with Tea Ceremony & Photo Op