They are mysterious figures sneaking out of Okiya (geisha lodging houses) only to disappear in a taxi headed to a performance venue. Their emotions hidden under a layer of white makeup, the world of maiko and geisha seems to be shrouded in secrecy. This Kyoto food tour opens the door, so you can discover the beauty of maiko and geisha, with insights into the Japanese art of entertaining. Maiko and geisha use shamisen-playing, dancing, and tea ceremony to enthrall their guests. Splurge on this exclusive experience for face-to-face time with an authentic maiko.
Maiko is the term used for geisha apprentice in the Kyoto area, aged between 15-20. These patient girls are masters of singing, dancing, and other musical skills, and present themselves in vibrant attire, with an abundance of seasonal floral hair accessories and longer sleeves than those of the older geisha.
Skilled maiko will conduct a demonstration showing participants how to make the perfect foamy matcha and let you try afterwards. Then, just sit back on the tatami floor and enjoy the traditional performance, relax and reach a blissful state of mind thanks to the fine beauty taking on the stage. Indulge in traditional Japanese sweets and snacks served during the experience, together with beverages. Enjoy chatting with the maiko, and feel free to ask her your burning questions.
Japanese snacks, sweets, coffee and/or tea
A tea ceremony held by a maiko
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Enjoy the tea ceremony at Jinmatsuan.
Not wheelchair accessible