Cultural Geisha Experience At Chaya In Tokyo

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Overview

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.

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Highlights

  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Free drinks included
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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, while literally 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 of the 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 are through the form of song, dance, games, conversation, and sometimes even poetry whilst making sure everyone’s glasses are filled. Aside from the highlight, which is the geisha’s 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.

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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
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Exclusions for Cultural Geisha Experience At Chaya In Tokyo

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

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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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  • 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.

  • Highly recommend for a break from the busy city. A fun experience with wearing the Japanese attire and playing fun games.

  • My husband and I were thrilled with this experience. Even though the geisha's English was not strong we used a translator app on the iPad. She and her helper were so nice and informative. We even got to put on kimonos. So cool! The games were so much fun.
    I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Tokyo.

USD 68.58