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.

Highlights

  • 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 (1.5 hour), 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

Tour starts at 1pm, please arrive 15 minutes before the event for seating

Please wear socks to walk on the tatami mats.

Adult pricing applies to all travelers, except for infants

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
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • We really enjoyed our time with the geisha - we were the only two people in attendance and that personal interaction made a huge difference. We played some fun games, dressed up in traditional clothes, ate some snacks and enjoyed conversation. English is definitely a challenge for the host, but it didn't seem to matter in a small setting: we communicated without issue. And her knowledge of geisha and culture is second to none.

  • Geisha was beautiful and very confident. She didn't speak much English, but used tablet app to translate from Japanese so it worked well. She danced 2 dances: one male dance and one humorous where she presented 2 characters. I enjoyed her grace and dramatic talent. They dressed us in kimono and we took pictures with and without geisha. Geisha was teaching us to play games which was fun. Location is in southern part of Tokyo, they give you very detailed instruction on how to get there. Overall it was fun and new experience for me.

  • I had an excellent experience with the geisha and her assistant. First got dressed up in a samurai leisure suit, and then we had nice discussions and played childish but fun games. They were nice, and i am proud to be the first scandinavian visting them!

  • Highly recommended. Nami was delightful as our Geisha host. Her maid/helper spoke excellent English and made us feel very welcome. As there were only 4 guests (Andrew and his father from LA who were also good company)it was a very intimate affair. We got to play games on an individual basis with Nami and also learnt a lot about the Geisha culture. Dressing in kimono only added to the wonderful time we had. This was the highlight of my stay in Tokyo. The only downside was the directions provided so we had to take a taxi. However this only took 2 minutes. A fantastic time and thoroughly recommended. Photos are fab!!

  • Highly recommended. Nami was delightful as our Geisha host. Her maid/helper spoke excellent English and made us feel very welcome. As there were only 4 guests (Andrew and his father from LA who were also good company)it was a very intimate affair. We got to play games on an individual basis with Nami and also learnt a lot about the Geisha culture. Dressing in kimono only added to the wonderful time we had. This was the highlight of my stay in Tokyo. The only downside was the directions provided so we had to take a taxi. However this only took 2 minutes. A fantastic time and thoroughly recommended. Photos are fab!!

  • We had an absolutely wonderful experience. We got to wear kimonos and learn a bout the geisha culture. we even sang along to the japanese songs. She did an absolute wonderful job and really lifted our spirits for the rest of the trip!

  • Amazing!! I did this on 11/20th, and I HIGHLY recommend this Geisha Experience at Chaya. Nami was the Geisha and along with her assistant. I learned so much about the Japanese culture and traditions through this meeting. I also got to try on the outfit and become a samurai for a day. If you are a woman, they have kimonos for you to try on. The musical/dance performance was excellent. We also got to learn to play games. I actually plan on doing this again.

  • 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.

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