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Authentic Maiko or Geisha Makeover and Photo Shoot Experience in Gion

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This is a must do if you're in Kyoto! Super authentic.

Reviewed by: KatFisher1208, 2019/05/24

I absolutely loved my experience! This is a must do if you're in Kyoto. My advisor was super thorough and explained everything to me. They do the dressing and makeup in the traditional manner. They take photos of you and make sure they come out beautifully.

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Attended as:Solo Travelers
Activity Date:2019/03/09
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What an experience

Reviewed by: Stephanie , 2019/04/28

The ladies that helped us get ready were so lovely and efficient. The photographer helps you pose and we went for a walk in a park and everyone came up to us and gave us beautiful comments on our look. Highly recommend!

I would definitely suggest doing the walking package where you can take your own photos as well.

And when we came back a little early, they took some more photos outside for us using our phones, so we could be in a group photo.

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Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience.All staff are glad that you all enjoyed it. We are looking forward to meet you again! Hope you had a blast in Kyoto. Arigato!

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Attended as:Friends
Activity Date:2019/04/26
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A must-do activity in Kyoto especially to experiencing the old Japan.

Reviewed by: Joob, 2019/02/28

We thought the photo shoot would just be normal dressing up, but it is a lot more than that. The studio provided a complete photo shoot including make-up, dress and other accessories. The make-up for Maiko was a lot more fun and let you experience the real Maiko. The studio has all the essential stuff so you don't need to bring anything. They provided make-up remover, cream, oil and even normal make-up for when you clean up the Maiko. I really enjoy the make-up experience and chose my dress. We had about 15 minutes walk outside the studio in the Maiko experience in the Gion district which was very fun. I highly recommend this activity especially for travelers to Japan.

A minor suggestion to make the photo shoot experience more fun would be photographer should interact more with customers to make it more fun and relaxing experience while photo shooting otherwise for foreigners like us might feel a bit tense when posing.

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Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience.All staff are glad that you all enjoyed it. Share the content you suggested to our photographer and use it for the next improvement.We are looking forward to meet you again! Hope you had a blast in Kyoto. Arigato!

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Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2019/02/18
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Awesome fun cultural experience

Reviewed by: Maha babe , 2018/09/27

Everyone was so kind and supportive, was fun and very accommodating. Helpful. Went above and beyond expectation in terms of customer service

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Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience.All staff are glad that you all enjoyed it. We are looking forward to meet you again! Hope you had a blast in Kyoto. Arigato!

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Attended as:Solo Travelers
Activity Date:2018/09/25
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Great Maico makeover experience

Reviewed by: Catherine, 2018/04/12

I actually haven’t even expected to get such seamless experience. All steps of maica makeover were very well thought through, well planned and organized. I was very happy with makeup since I was also offered to choose between several makeup options. And both makeup, hairdo, dressing up was made fast and by highly skilled staff. There was a good selection of nice kimonos as well. I also liked flexible option of taking customized studio pictures.
Would definitely recommend this place!

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Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience.All staff are glad that you all enjoyed it. We are looking forward to meet you again! Hope you had a blast in Kyoto. Arigato!

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Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2018/04/10
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Unforgettable experience

Reviewed by: Gaelle, 2017/12/02

Had a great day with the team to get the Marko experience. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff was very experienced and made me feel very confortable. The choice of kimono was extensive. The photo shoot was also wonderful.

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Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience.All staff are glad that you all enjoyed it. We are looking forward to meet you again! Hope you had a blast in Kyoto. Arigato!

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Attended as:Solo Travelers
Activity Date:2017/11/07
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Geisha/Maiko Makeoer

Reviewed by: Suzanna, 2017/11/06

It was an amazing experience. If this makeover is something that you have dreamed of doing, then I absolutely recommend doing it. I was only disappointed that it rained on my day, and therefore, I couldn't walk the streets, however, that did not deter me from enjoying the day. The girls were great.

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Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience.All staff are glad that you all enjoyed it. But it is very disappointing to us that it has rained.It will be fine if there is a chance to come next time!We are looking forward to meet you again! Hope you had a blast in Kyoto. Arigato!

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Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2017/10/06
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The Best

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 .

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Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience.All staff are glad that you all enjoyed it. We are looking forward to meet you again! Hope you had a blast in Kyoto. Arigato!

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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 Veltra.com)

  • I had trouble deciding which one to wear!

  • Taking a walk

  • So many kimono!

  • I took pictures in the garden too

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Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience.All staff are glad that you all enjoyed it. We are looking forward to meet you again! Hope you had a blast in Kyoto. Arigato!

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Transformation

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.

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Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience.All staff are glad that you all enjoyed it. We are looking forward to meet you again! Hope you had a blast in Kyoto. Arigato!

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