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Look Inside Geisha School


Tokyo
2 hours
up to 6 people
English ( Native ), Japanese ( Fluent )

Have a two-hour look at the normally secretive lessons of geisha in training. See the little geisha taking instructions from an instructor or senior geisha in the first hour, and then be amazed at the results of their learning in the second when they practice.

Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Family friendly
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

What to Expect

Have a two-hour look at the normally secretive lessons of geisha in training. See the little geisha taking instructions from an instructor or senior geisha in the first hour, and then be amazed at the results of their learning in the second when they practice. Afterwards, meet the geisha up close and personal for pictures and lighthearted conversation. Hosted by an active geisha who is fluent in both English and Japanese, and who is happy to explain and answer any questions. Help support the continuation of a valuable piece of Japanese culture by taking part in this activity.

Welcome to the first geisha school which opens its gates to the public.You will watch the classes as an observer. Normally, in the first hour the trainee geisha will learn from a dance teacher with more than sixty years dancing experience, or from a senior geisha. In the second hour the geisha will practice their latest performance pieces together. If the teacher is not available that day the geisha will be learning from each other or practicing together. The geisha will usually be dressed in normal kimono for their lessons but if they have a banquet directly afterwards they may be in white makeup. You will be in a Japanese-style tatami mat room and sitting on the floor so tight jeans or short skirts may not be comfortable. You will enjoy a full two hours of astonishing and absolutely unique entertainment you won't experience anywhere else. At the end you can take pictures of and with the geisha, asking her questions and small talk. The host of this event is fluent in English and Japanese and will be pleased to translate your questions and the answers of the geisha to you. Please also keep in mind that by experiencing this activity you will automatically support the geisha business. By doing so you help by preserving an important part of Japanese culture.This activity includes no transportation nor any kind of food or drinks and free for kids from 0-10 years.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 2:00 PM
Meeting Point Koto-ku, Tomioka 1-26-7 BEHIND 1-26-6, or if you can't find it go to the Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine main street gate and we will find you there.
Ending Point Same as starting point.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Entrance fees
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Admission ticket
Local guide

What‘s not included

We don't serve any food, so please eat beforehand or after the activity.

Important

Only available on weekdays.

Meeting Point depends on the lesson location that varies from day to day. Detailed information will be sent out after booking.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 2 days prior to meeting date
  • 80% Refund - 1 day(s) prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - on the meeting date

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Reviews ( 3 )
Miranda Miranda United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Great Visit ”

We had a great visit! Not only did we learn about the history and culture of geisha in Japan, but we got to experience current geisha school practices. My husband, kids (8yo & 11yo), and I had an amazing time, and we would definitely recommend this experience! Over a month after our visit to Japan from the US, my kids are still saying this was their most memorable experience.

Matthew Matthew United Kingdom ( Solo )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Incredible experience ”

This was an amazing look inside the world of the geisha that is normally not available to people outside the profession. Getting to watch the ladies practice was very interesting, they were all very friendly and Sayuki was very helpful with explaining the different parts of the performances and the various styles of music the geisha perform. If you can find a day in your trip to see these talented performers I'd definitely recommend it.

JANICE JANICE United States
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Incredible ”

This was a highlight. Saluki and her geishas were fabulous, accommodating and very interesting. If your interested in this culture this is a must. They danced and sang and brought us to their home. It was a very authentic! Thank you to Sayuki!

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