Authentic Maiko or Geisha Makeover and Photo Shoot Experience in Gion

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5.005.00 / 5


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Reviewed by: Lorna from London, 2017/04/14

This was amazing and is a " must - do . The girls in the studio are lovely and make the event special for you . They speak good English too . The end photos are amazing . The professional photographer made this 65 year old's skin look like a 25 year old again ! A really fantastic experience . Cannot recommend it highly enough .

Attended as:Families
Activity Date:2017/04/11
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A great experience! I want to bring my friends next time!

Reviewed by: Anna, 2016/08/24

I'm from Kyoto but I've always wanted to try a maiko makeover.
The staff were all very nice people and helped so much!
Thank you.

They did my makeup so well and it was really great. They ask you if you would prefer a "cute look" or a "beautiful look" and do your makeup style for whichever you choose. They can change the look with eyebrow makeup and eyeliner. I chose the "cute look" makeup.

You can choose from so many kinds of kimono and kanzashi! While I asked the staff several questions like "what color of kimono do real maiko wear?" I chose my kimono. As for my kanzashi, I chose June's flower, the hydrangea.

The photographer was also wonderful and made me feel much less nervous with the fun conversation we had. I recommend taking the photos in the garden which has a different atmosphere from the room.

While walking around, a lot of travelers took photos with me! It was really embarrassing, but on the other hand, it made me happy!
The changing room is very large and they have face wash, shampoo, lotion, hair dryers, towels, contact lens solution, so you don't need to bring anything.

I showed my mother and grandmother the photos I took on the day of the makeover and they loved them!
Next time I want to bring my friends from other prefectures and from overseas to do this with me. Thank you for making it a great experience from start to finish.

(Translated from Japanese by

  • I had trouble deciding which one to wear!

  • Taking a walk

  • So many kimono!

  • I took pictures in the garden too

Attended as:Solo Travelers
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Reviewed by: Luchi Villarica, 2016/04/06

Staff don't speak English well however they do make an effort to make you feel comfortable during the makeover session. They know enough phrases to explain the make-up being applied and what to do during the dressing up. The photographer is very good in instructing small movements in order to get the right shot. Clients however don't get to choose the shot to be printed as this is under the discretion of the photographer. All shots can be viewed but clients have to purchase a CD worth 2000yen + tax which I find to be on the pricey side. Overall, the experience still is one of the highlights of my Japan trip.

Attended as:Friends
Activity Date:2016/03/23
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