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Private Dinner with a Geisha

Kyoto, Japan
Private Dinner with a Geisha

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icon2 to 3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Immerse yourself in quintessential Japanese culture during a private tour and dining experience with a geisha. In Kyoto, considered the birthplace of geisha culture, you’ll explore the historic Gion area and dine on a multi-course meal at either a Japanese restaurant or tea house, accompanied by a ‘maiko’ (apprentice geisha) or ‘geiko’ (fully-trained geisha).
  • Private dining experience with a geisha in Kyoto
  • A cultural experience ideal for first-time visitors
  • Take a tour of the Gion area and then choose from four dining options
  • Choose between a half or full 'kaiseki' (multi-course) option in a restaurant or private tea house
  • Select the casual option to chat freely and ask your geisha questions
  • Formal options include a dance and musical instrument performance
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Professional guide
Drinks (Only if Private Tea House is selected)
Geiko or Maiko accompaniment
Geisha's dance performance at dinner time (except for casual two-hour dinner option)
Drinks (available for purchase), drinks included for private tea house option
198 Nakanochō , 198 Nakanochō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0075, Japan

Departure Point: Minamiza Kabuki Theater Address: Shijo Ohashi Higashizume, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, 605-0075 Directions: In front of the main gate of Minamiza Kabuki Theater facing the Shijo street Dates: Daily Return point: Concludes at the restaurant

This activity will end right where it started.
Depending on the option selected at checkout, your tour begins at a prearranged time in front of the main gate of the Minamiza Kabuki Theatre.

If you chose options other than the casual dinner, you’ll greet your guide and embark on a walking tour of Gion, a historic geisha district home to traditional Japanese houses.

Following a guided tour, you’ll head to a Japanese restaurant or tea house to feast on a half or full kaiseki meal, featuring multiple courses of tempura, seafood, and vegetables. If you’ve opted for the private tea house option, you’ll enjoy sake and beer in addition to your meal.

During your meal, a geiko, maiko, or both entertain you with singing, musical instruments, and dancing.

Your tour concludes at the restaurant or tea house.
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WaRaiDo Guide Networks
This experience is a truly private and authentic, party arrangement with privately dispatched geiko and maiko (geisha in Kyoto). You may choose from four options: a half Kaiseki course option in a space with partition at Japanese restaurant with one maiko, a full Kaiseki course option in a private room at Japanese restaurant with one maiko, a full Kaiseki course at perfectly private tea houses only for members with both geiko and maiko, or two-hour casual Japanese dinner arrangement in a space with partition at Japanese restaurant with one maiko. Kaiseki, or Kaiseki ryouri, is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner originally developed by Buddhist monks, mainly consists of vegetables and sea foods. For two-hour casual course, the Japanese dinner menu will vary depending on seasons, but usually includes tempura, sea food, vegetables, etc.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Minamiza : The Kabuki Theater of Kyoto
As for two-hour casual Japanese dinner option, customers will meet at 7:30PM at Minamiza Kabuki Theatre, and directly go to the Japanese restaurant, where you will start the dinner for two hours. During the 2-hour dinner, the guide will explain maiko traditions for starters, and one maiko will later join the dinner for about 40 minutes with interpretation by the guide. In this option, NO dance performance is included, but you can freely enjoy conversation and photo shootings with the privately arranged maiko.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant meals not included
  • Due to the nature of this tour to introduce authentic and noble traditions, which are not open to the public, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who do NOT respect our traditions with the proper manner. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund
  • Minimum drinking age is 20 years in Japan
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY WaRaiDo Guide Networks
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    • "So I don't know how it goes with dinner in the common room, but I can recommend the private room because you have all the geiko's attention for yourself." See review

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    unreal time
    , Jun 2019
    The tour was fantastic and the private dinner with maiko was incredible. Learned everything you could, and even got to play some drinking games.
    Really pleasant and educating experience
    , May 2019
    Thank you for this delightful experience! It started with a short walking tour around Gion, the geisha district. Our guide Mie was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about geisha culture, history, and life. Then we arrived to the restaurant (we picked the private room option) to meet the geiko. So I don't know how it goes with dinner in the common room, but I can recommend the private room because you have all the geiko's attention for yourself. Our evening was basically a Q&A session where we could ask the geiko all we wanted to know while enjoing great food and sake. Geishas are really amazing entertainers, and everything was very informal and relaxed.
    Amazing Evening and Experience
    , Mar 2019
    Whatever hesitation (about costs and the quality of the programming) that we had on how to experience the “Geisha culture” was quickly and resolutely dissipated the moment we met the guide (Ted) and entered the teahouse. We chose the private Japanese banquet option at a teahouse where we were accompanied by a Geisha (Geiko) and a Maiko. The experience started with a tour of the Gion district and an explanation of Geisha history and culture. Ted pointed out the buildings and their significance as we walked the streets at dusk. He described the unique system among the Maiko boarding houses, the teahouses, and the special kitchens that supply the food. He was very thorough with his descriptions and answered many of our questions. Seeing an actual Geisha and Maiko walk down the street and a man riding a bicycle while carrying freshly made food on his shoulder would have been a highlight for many people. However, meeting the Geisha and Maiko and having them converse with you, drink, and perform was more exciting and mesmerizing. The multi-course meals were as visually stunning as they were delicious. Ted was also very attentive: he served as an interpreter as we spoke with the Geisha and Maiko and ensured we enjoyed ourselves. We felt grateful to partake in this amazing encounter that is steeped in Japanese culture and traditions and is so rare for ordinary Japanese citizens, let alone tourists, to experience.
    Once in a lifetime experience...
    Sue C
    , May 2018
    Once in a lifetime experience!!! This was by far the highlight of our trip to Japan. Learning about the history and culture of the Geisha world was amazing. Our tour guide, Ted Ueno, was awesome. His knowledge of the Geisha was outstanding and our Make, Fukutama, was exquisite. If you are interested in this aspect of Japanese history and culture, this tour is a MUST!!!! Thank you Ted for a wonderful evening...we will NEVER forget it!!!!! Ally and Ilya
    We enjoyed our walk in Kyoto as our...
    Trevor S
    , Feb 2018
    We enjoyed our walk in Kyoto as our guided describe the culture, area, and history. Then, finally reaching our dinner destination to dine and be entertained by a Maiko (Geisha apprentice). But I wish the ad was not misleading; it should say, “Private Dinner with a Geisha [apprentice].”
    This was a once in a lifetime...
    Pandora M
    , Nov 2017
    This was a once in a lifetime experience, a perfect night that had been meticulously planned to the last detail. We were fortunate to be escorted by the owner of the company and his knowledge and friendliness made us feel totally relaxed and at ease with the beautiful, talented geisha.
    It was an amazing experience where...
    , Apr 2017
    It was an amazing experience where we learnt about the Japanese culture, traditions, way of living and thinking. Our guide Ted was very knowlagable and it is clear that he loves and knows this subject. Our maiko was of an extrordinary beauty and her danse was truly mesmoraising. loved this all!
    Surprisingly fabulous! Great guide...
    Mark K
    , Apr 2017
    Surprisingly fabulous! Great guide, great food restaurant provided non seafood alternatives for one in our party. The Maiko was charming, open to our many questions and surprisingly personable during our 2 hour visit. Private dance performance captivating. We expected a little hokie but we're delightfully charmed and educated with our guide and our very poised young Maiko. Also enjoyed tour with our outstanding guide. Great evening and a coltural highlight of our trip!
    So interesting learning about the Maiko...
    , Jan 2017
    So interesting learning about the Maiko system, and the dinner was amazing!

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