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Maiko, Geisha or Samurai Makeover and Photo Session in Kyoto

Dream come true

Reviewed by: Chloe, 2018/04/15

The ladies of Maiko Henshin Studio efficiently transformed me from everyday Jane to beautiful Maiko!

The process took me about an hour, and it's a constant flurry of activity - from makeup, hair, and kimono fitting. There was a few ladies in the queue but I felt that I did not wait too long.

The transformation was astounding. My husband couldn't believe his eyes!

We were given 45 minutes to stroll around Gion, and I was issued a bag with a map so I knew where I was going. My makeover looked so awesome a few people thought I was a legit maiko.

Thank you Maiko Henshin Studio for making my dream come true!

Tip - don't eat a heavy meal prior to doing this! Once the kimono is on, you can't go to the restroom!


  • One of my studio shots included in the package

Reply from activity provider

Dear Chloe

Thank you for your feedback.

We are very happy to hear that from you.

If you have a chance again, please come to our shop someday!


Sincerely,

Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2018/04/11
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Unforgettable Experience!

Reviewed by: Post-Uni Tourist, 2018/03/28

My sister and I completed this activity together. We loved the location of the facility. It was located in Gion along some streets with beautifully built buildings. It is very much a tourist area with many shops catering different souvenirs and foods (which we happily explored after our time in Geisha attire.

The women were very efficient with the makeup and putting on the kimonos. The whole dress-up took about an hour and since we went early, we didn't really have to wait for others. We opted for the half-wig option (which you pay for in addition in studio) and it was cool, although I think it should be called more as "wig with your fringe." Most of your hair is kept underneath the main wig piece but then they take the first inch from around your forehead area to help cover up the would-be seems. Definitely cool, but I don't know if it was worth the extra amount.

We absolutely loved the walking aspect of our plan. The studio shots were really nice (we paid extra for a group shot), but being able to walk a ways away to take shots outside made it so much more worth it. Plus, with the other people on the street, we took photos with some other people in kimonos (and were also asked for pictures ourselves).

We would do this again in a heartbeat.


  • My sister and me in full Maiko attire.

Reply from activity provider

Dear Post-Uni Tourist

Thank you for your good feedback.

We are very glad you enjoyed photo shooting and walking around our shop on free time.

All our staffs are very professional to make geisha transform, so you felt the traditional culture in Kyoto.

We are looking forward to see you again.

Have a nice day,

Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Friends
Activity Date:2018/03/22
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Geisha Experience in Kyoto

Reviewed by: Ana Cabral, 2018/02/18

The experience itself was well worth the money. The staff is very professional, the studio is beautiful and centrally located in old Kyoto and they have a nice selection of beautiful kimonos.
Expect to be asked if you’d like to add any “extras” at an extra cost: a better wig, fake eyelashes, change of kimono, pictures in the garden, extra pictures, etc.
The only constructive critic i’d like to add is that the staff could explain while doing the make up, hair and dressing the kimono, the meaning of each step and each piece of clothing.


Reply from activity provider

Dear Ana Cabral

Thank you for your coming several days ago.

Also thank you for your advise, I would like to talk with all our staff.

But I am sorry about our many options.

There are many requests before, so we offer them nowadays.

When you visit to Kyoto again, I would like to see you someday.


Have a nice day,

Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Solo Travelers
Activity Date:2018/02/16
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Maiko makeover photoshoot

Reviewed by: Nmn, 2018/01/27

Very exciting experience. Ended up adding on items to the package because of the excitement.

The staff were excellent and professional. They're very friendly too and many of them (if not all) spoke english. :)

Reply from activity provider

Dear Nmn

Thank you for your comments.
We are very happy to hear that from you.

I am afraid that to communicate each others.
It is because our staff is not so good at speaking in English.
We are studying English for communication with foreign customers, so if you have a chance, please visit to our shop someday.
We look forward to see you next time.

Have a nice day,
Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Solo Travelers
Activity Date:2018/01/04
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Good fun

Reviewed by: Michelle, 2017/12/02

We had a great time although they did try to up sell us a lot when it was already $150aud a little disappointing.
But I’m saying that greatbovotos and great memeriws

Reply from activity provider

Dear Michelle

Thank you for your feedback.

I am sorry about that, but some time ago, others felt heat because of our reception staff did not introduce our products to them.

So we need to introduce our many options, as you will realize.

Thank you for your understanding.

I hope your pictures will be one of good memories in Japan.


Have a nice day,

Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Friends
Activity Date:2017/11/06
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Geshia Experience

Reviewed by: smartie, 2017/11/27

We arrived early to the salon and they were happy to fit me in early. We booked a full package through Veltra, however before it began we were told of an extra cost then asked about all other items that could be done. If I had know about these extra items I would have organized extra funds. Outdoor photo's are an extra 1000 yen but you have to have all six done that way so its actually 6000 yen. All the makeup artists speak very little if any English so it was hard to understand what they wanted me to do at the beginning. Very professional, helpful girls and I will recommend this salon and the experience to everyone.

Reply from activity provider

Dear smartie

Thank you for your comment.

First of all, our staff are not good at speaking in English.

We would like to study English more and more.

I am sorry about that.

If you have a chance, please visit to our shop again.


Have a nice day,

Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Families
Activity Date:2017/11/04
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Fun Touristy Thing

Reviewed by: Jess, 2017/07/23

I think the best part about this place is it gets you to a most beautiful area in Kyoto. The makeup was done (though there were touches I kinda wanted to fix) quickly, the kimono was beautiful. It was awkward to stroll around alone but I got used to it until it was too hot. Wonderful experience. Always wanted to do it

Reply from activity provider

Dear Jess

Thank you for your feedback.

I am very happy you chose the Strolling plan.

Summer is very hot in Japan, but I think to take pictures around traditional town scape is very good experience.

For the next time, I would like to see you and your friends someday.

Sincerely,

Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Solo Travelers
Activity Date:2017/07/01
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Incredible transformation

Reviewed by: Fran, 2017/04/14

This experience has been the highlight of my trip. The transformation was incredible, and every step of the way was carefully executed with the utmost precision. I was so impressed with how the studio dealt with a high number of clients and yet still made me feel well looked after. I was so delighted with the final results, I felt like a lifelong dream had come true. The staff's professionalism and kindness are stellar, and the make up, wig and dressing artists are incredibly talented. The photographer really knows how to bring out the best in you, and she was so lovely she offered to take some pictures of me with my camera during my free photo time since I was travelling solo. There even was a make up artist in the wash room to help me clean the make up on my shoulders - they truly thought of everything and cater to all circumstances. I did not feel uncomfortable for one second. Pricing was a very good deal thanks to booking through Veltra, I got 50% off which meant I could happily add on a photo book and some other extras. I would recommend the half wig, it looks much more natural and it's worth the extra money. I will truly cherish this as one of my most treasured memories from Japan. Transforming into a Maiko in Kyoto is a beautiful dream come true, and I will not hesitate to come back to studio Shiki again for a Geisha makeover next time.


Reply from activity provider

Dear Fran

Thank you for your feedback.


We are very happy that you could experience at our studio.

Our photographers are very professional to take geisha pictures, so I hope you enjoyed photo shooting with them.


I would like to ask you to recommend our studio to your friends.

We are waiting for you and your friends someday.


Cordially,


Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Solo Travelers
Activity Date:2017/04/11
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Fantastic pictures

Reviewed by: Amanda , 2017/03/21

It was a dream come true to experience the full maiko experience and to walk out fully dressed (which was quite an exciting experience sitting for full makeup and then being dressed) to show off to my fiancé who was waiting for me dressed as a samurai. The photographers were kind, gentle, and encouraging. They were surprisingly fast and efficient which made me nervous at first but the pictures came out fantastic. Wonderful experience and I highly recommend!! Great place with everything you need.


Reply from activity provider

Thank you for your comment.
We are very glad your dream became a reality at our shop.
I hope you will visit to our shop someday.

Cordially,

Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2017/03/17
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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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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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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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Fun, unique, cost friendly.

Reviewed by: Jenny, 2015/09/30

This was a really neat thing to experience. It was fun and unique and I'm glad I did it. It was wonderful to have the final 10minutes outside for personal photos so that I could share some of the experience with my husband and have photos for social media.

I wish they would have had a package for the professional photos to be emailed with a link to the shots. Most people don't need printed photos these days and I won't use mine.

It would also be helpful to have a little more support for those who don't speak Japanese but if you're fluent in charades, it was worth it under the sale price (around 6,200 yen with a few worthwhile additions).

Ps- pay the extra for the "half wig" (looks way better) and bring your own straightener!


  • Photo taken by my husband during the personal photo time.

Reply from activity provider

Thank you for your comment.

We're glad that you experienced wonderful time at SHIKI.
About print of picture, we have to think other nice idea.
If you have a chance, I hope you will come to Kyoto someday.

Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Activity Date:2015/09/27
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Nice experienced in kyoto

Reviewed by: Oradee, 2015/09/11

I arrived about 9am for dressed up instead of 10.00am for an appointment as not sure the direction but it was easy to find once my husband look on Google Earth. The staff was very friendly and professionally. They will ask if I would like to do additional photo shots in studio on arrival. I choose to do more photos as the set up in studio look nice and suitable for the Maiko dressed up. The dressed up and make up took about 1 1/2 . My plan was a stroll plan which I allow to walk in Kimono for 45 minutes but there was a mistake so after they found out the mistake the studio told my husband that they will not charge extra for an additional photos make in studio as I did not walk around in Kimono as booked. I would returning to Kyoto again next year and would recommended anyone come to Kyoto try Maiko dressed up experience.




Reply from activity provider

Thank you for your message.
We're so sorry you could not stroll outside.
If you have a chance, please come to Kyoto again.
I'm glad you came to our shop.
I'd like to see you someday.

Have a nice day,
Maiko transformation studio SHIKI

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Activity Date:2015/08/12
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great experience of traditional japan dressing but costly....better you pay online for album too

Reviewed by: samuel, 2015/07/30

enjoyed the maiko dress up with good makeup....for an hour...and the clicks were amazingly wonderful...great photoshoot...couldnt recognise ourselves after the makeup
you need to pay for socks and for CD again


Reply from activity provider

Thank you.

Please also come.

maiko studio shiki

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Activity Date:2015/07/09
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Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto

Reviewed by: IndependentTraveler, 2015/06/29

Amazing experience with absolutely stunning photos. I did this with my 10-year-old daughter who ended up looking like a porcelain doll. We will treasure the photos and the memories they produce always! Very worthwhile! My husband now wishes that he had joined us by doing the Sumarai Makeover.

Reply from activity provider

Thank you for visiting our shop.
We are really glad that you got wonderful memories in Japan and we could give it for you.
If you come to Japan again, please visit our shop.
We are looking forward to meeting you again.

From maiko henshin studio SHIKI

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Activity Date:2015/06/04
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Fun and authentic

Reviewed by: Julie, 2015/05/10

Very nice setting, lovely time! From makeup to hair everything looked very authentic despite our lack of japanese heritage

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Thank you for your visit.
Also when it came to Kyoto please come

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Attended as:Friends
Activity Date:2015/04/14
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Excellent

Reviewed by: Hanomag, 2015/04/09

I found the whole experience to be awesome. The taxi drivers had a little difficulty finding it but other than that it was great.

Reply from activity provider

Thank you very much.
If I come to Kyoto again, please come.

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Activity Date:2015/03/27
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Studio Shiki Geisha Experience

Reviewed by: Sienna, 2015/04/05

Very happy with this, thank you. It felt a bit like a conveyor belt of people going through but it must have been an effective conveyor belt because it was quick and the photos were lovely. Thank you!

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Thanks you.
Also coming please

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Attended as:Solo Travelers
Activity Date:2015/04/03
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Worthwhile experience

Reviewed by: Yukiko, 2015/02/02

I wanted to try this, but was a little bit embarrassed to dress as a maiko at my age...but I and 3 of my friends booked it anyway!
It was great! It was so interesting, shooting at the studio was quick and the pictures they gave us were instant.
I think it wouldn't be perfect for those who just want pictures, but
our main wish was to wander around and take pictures by ourselves.It is in a very nice historical area, so we really enjoyed ourselves.

However, there are many tourists who will want to take a picture with you, so keep that in mind.

There are lots if people from other countries and all generations at the studio, so I felt relaxed about the experience. It was really fun. I recommend it.

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Thank you for your coming and comments.
We glad to see your comments.
Thank you so much!!

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