Cultural Geisha Experience At Chaya In Tokyo

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This cultural tour is a 90-minute geisha experience at a modern ochaya, or contemporary tea house, where geisha entertain guests with song, dance, games and conversation. Guests may learn about the geisha culture and history while seeing how the locals interact and support geisha. This is a shared tour with included food (if option is selected).

Please note regarding English information and translation: Some events may have English-speaking geisha or translator present. If there are no English-speaking translators at the event, English pamphlets and brochures detailing more information regarding the geisha performances, etiquette for the event, history of geisha, and what to expect will be provided to the guests.


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Free drinks included

Know More about this tour

You'll start the tour as you arrive at the ochaya, where you will be greeted by geisha that are representing a number of okiya (geisha houses) in Tokyo.

An ochaya, whileliterally meaning tea house, is not actually a place to go for drinking tea. An ochaya, traditionally, was a place for customer to be entertained by geisha, with history dating as far back as the Edo Period ofthe Tokugawa Shogunate.Ochaya are typically very exclusive, invitation-only establishments in a hanamachi (geisha district).

As you are seated, you will be provided with information that will introduce you to the culture and history of geisha (a tradition and practice of Japanese female entertainers that have been around for centuries). Throughout the 90-minute event, the geisha will perform traditional dances and songs, and will converse and play traditional Japanese games with guests.On some occasions, there may be English-speaking geisha or translators who may converse with English-speaking guests. Some events may not have an English-speaking translator, in which case details of the performances and what to expect will be provided in written English form.

The entertainment provided by geisha arethrough the form of song, dance, games, conversation, and sometimes even poetry whilst making sure everyones glasses are filled. Aside from the highlight, which is thegeishas performance of a seasonal dance, the geisha performances might also include some of many Japanese fine arts, including playing traditional musical instruments such as the koto (Japanese harp) and shamisen (a three-stringed musical instrument).

Guests may mingle with others at the ochaya, including locals who often frequent the ochaya to support the geisha in their community.

At the end of the event, guests may gather and take photos with geisha before leaving.

Inclusions for Cultural Geisha Experience At Chaya In Tokyo

  • Entrance fees
  • One drink and sweets (with upgrade, bento lunch and unlimited drinks included)
  • Live entertainment
  • Photo opportunities

Exclusions for Cultural Geisha Experience At Chaya In Tokyo

  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Dress code: Please wear socks to walk on the tatami mats.

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Minimum drinking age is 20 years

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Non-Smoking: All seats are non-smoking; there are designated areas outside for those who would like to smoke.

English information and translation: Some events may have English-speaking geisha or translator present. If there are no English-speaking translators at the event, English pamphlets and brochures detailing more information regarding the geisha performances, etiquette for the event, history of geisha, and what to expect will be provided to the guests.

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.

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12 reviews by the users

  • This was such a cool experience!

    I had a wonderful time at this geisha event. Even though I was the only gaijin/foreigner there, I found myself welcomed by all the other Japanese guests as well they made me feel very comfortable even though I couldn't speak Japanese to any of them. The dancing and singing from the geisha were really fun and interesting. I definitely enjoyed the music and the traditional mask performance immensely.

    The coolest part of the whole experience was when the geisha, Nami-san, dressed us all up in modern kimonos, and we enjoyed the rest of the event in beautiful kimonos. In my opinion, I think it'd be even better if we got to wear the kimono from the beginning, but I think we were not dressed in the kimono from the start because of the food, which by the way was a really good variety bento box that I enjoyed.

    I also read from a previous review that it was hard to find the location, but the photo directions link that I received after booking was really helpful. I used it with the Google Maps link they sent and it worked perfectly for me so Im not sure why it was difficult for others to find this place. It was only a 4 minute walk from the station. And I really liked visiting a more local area of Tokyo going to this geisha tea house.

    Overall, this is a great introduction to geisha culture and local experience in Tokyo I highly recommend it!

  • We were entertained by the geisha and her assistant with conversation, games, light snack. We were also dressed as geishas. A very enjoyable and entertaining hour. Address a short easy walk from Omori station.

  • Enjoyable experience especially with ability to wear kimono. We enjoyed watching Nami perform and play games. The directions provided was clear which help us to get to Chaya with no problems.

  • The geisha experience at the tea house was amazing! There was only 4 other people besides myself so it was a very intimate experience, and the geisha was really friendly. She didn't speak too much English, but there was a lot of printed material for me to read about the history of geisha in Tokyo, the history of the geisha house we were visiting, the schedule for the event and proper etiquette with geisha. It was a very special experience, and since it is still new on Viator, I don't think a lot of people know about it yet so I think it's such a hidden little gem. Even though it is only a 90 minute event, I feel like we did a lot in that time since we got to watch the geisha dance and play traditional games with them. They also helped us to put on kimono for photos! I didn't know kimono was included so that was a bonus.

    I think this geisha experience was the highlight of my Japan trip. It felt really authentic and not like it was just made for tourists, which I really liked. I think it's because they didn't just have someone speak to us in English the whole time so I felt like. I was really immersed in the experience, and I like how few people there were there. I highly recommend this geisha event!

  • A very interesting few hours spent with 2 lovely ladies, the fact that they spoke very little English just added to the charm! I would highly recommend doing this if in Tokyo.

  • We had a wonderful day ,with music ,games and trying the maiko dress.
    I highly recommend this plan. Even though our guests did not spoke English, she made us feel really good and we had a really nice time.

  • Thoroughly entertaining and informative. Had a great time.

  • This was a wonderful and unique experience. Very educational and entertaining. Thank you for your hospitality! :)

  • Very fun! We learned a lot about Geisha culture and even the Japanese lifestyle in general. Thank you for a great experience! We highly recommend.

  • We really enjoyed the experience The staff were friendly and we enjoyed the games and wearing the kimonos. Unfortunately, we had difficulty finding the location. The google maps link was useless. The buildings pictured we could not find and the streets are not well marked, if marked at all. We made it to the Omori metro station just fine, but had to hire a cab to get us the last 4 minutes. The geisha was very helpful in walking us back to the subway station. It was a fun afternoon.

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