Private dining with geisha
Private dining with geisha
Please make your booking at least two weeks in advance.
An unforgettable meal with Japan’s iconic master entertainers at the birthplace of Geisha culture
Location: Kamishichiken, Kyoto
Lunch 10 people max, dinner 12 people
Offered in Japanese with English interpreter
With their white-painted faces, crimson lips and ornate kimonos, geisha are instantly recognizable as a symbol of Japan, though still shrouded in mystery. While their role is often misunderstood in part because of the recent influence of “Memoirs of a Geisha”, they are not courtesans, but are master entertainers, classically trained in the arts of traditional Japan music, dance, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and witty conversation. Their training is rigorous, with a one year trial period as a ‘shikomi’ before being accepted as a ‘maiko’ (an apprentice geisha) at age 15 or 16, after which they continue honing their skills for another four years or so until becoming full-fledged geisha. Living communally in lodging called ‘okiya’, where maiko are trained, they are managed by an older woman, a former geisha herself, called an ‘okamisan’ or ‘okaasan’ who they are indebted to under contract. In the evenings, they attend private dinner parties at an ‘ochaya’ or teahouse, delighting guests with their otherworldly beauty and unparalleled hospitality. For guests to enter an ochaya to be entertained by geisha, they must be referred or invited, adding to the mystique surrounding the traditions of the geisha. Kyoto boasts the oldest and most authentic geisha culture, and catching a glimpse of a maiko walking to her next dinner appointment has left many a traveler breathless. We invite you to take one step further, into this exclusive and magical world, to personally interact with a geisha yourself.
What you’ll do
Enjoy a bento lunch, with entertainment provided by 1 maiko. Play Ozashiki Asobi (traditional geisha games) and top things off with a photo-session!
Enjoy a luxurious 10-course Japanese kaiseki meal with unlimited drinks (Beer, sake, cocktails, soft drinks) with entertainment provided by 3 geishas (maiko, geiko, and one Jikata, a shamisen specialist). Play Ozashiki Asobi (traditional geisha drinking games) and enjoy dance performances! Top things off with a photo-session.
Held at an ‘invitation-only’ geisha lodging/teahouse, this is an exclusive experience showcasing the ultimate in Japanese hospitality.
What to wear
Smart-casual or semi-formal dress is recommended.
Who can attend
Children are welcome to join. Children aged 5 years and under can join for free. Children 6 years and above will be charged the full rate. The teahouse is not wheelchair accessible.
What else you should know
You are welcome to take photos--just kindly refrain from shooting during performances. Time is set aside at the end to capture special memories.
35 minutes from Kyoto Station.
Cancellations cannot be reimbursed so we encourage guests to be 100% certain that they will be able to attend before completing their reservation.
* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.
Bookings must be made at least two weeks in advance and are subject to the availability of the teahouse. Get in touch to check availability below—we’d love to show you the most memorable dinner of your life!