Maiko Experience

Dinner and Maiko Experience

Enjoy a luxurious dinner with the companionship of a Maiko performer. Your Kyoto Visitors Host will teach you the history of Maiko in Kyoto and help guide you through some traditional games.


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Maiko are apprentice Geiko (Geiko is the Kyoto dialect for Geisha), but don’t let the title of fool you, they are expert performers. Traditionally, the apprentices are trained from a young age to become well-rounded entertainers; they learn to play musical instruments, to dance, to make casual conversation, to serve tea and they even learn to play traditional games.

Your experience begins with a luxurious dinner at a restaurant, such as Minokichi in Kyoto. A Maiko performer will join from the Gion district. The maiko will perform a traditional dance, kouta, and we’ll play traditional Japanese games in the restaurant’s large room. You’ll have an opportunity to chat with the performer and your guide can help with interpretation. Finally, we’ll have time to take photographs together.

Regarding the location of the restaurant

After a tour is reserved, we’ll discuss and choose a restaurant. Please let us know if you have allergies or foods you can not eat. Vegetarian, vegan and Halal are also available. Food choices are made prior to the evening, as restaurants prepare ingredients in advance for their guests.

Sample Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary. Restaurant choice and timings can be discussed and modified to best suit your group.
18:00 Minokichi Kyo-Kaiseki Restaurant
18:30 Maiko arrives from Gion
19:30 Leave restaurant and go for photoshoot in neighboring area
20:30 End of Maiko experience

Included in the cost:

  • Maiko/Geiko (1 person)
  • Guide fee

Minimum number of people: 2
Tour fee: TBA
Please contact us for pricing.
Language: English

How to book with MYK Kyoto Tours

*Restaurant choice will be discussed beforehand, however your group can not necessarily specify a restaurant, as Maiko only operate in certain areas.

Booking Inquiry

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