Private tea ceremony with Apprentice Geisha

A rare opportunity to visit "ochaya" or tea house where Maiko, the apprentice Geisha live. There will be dance performance and plenty of photo opportunities. Truly a highlight of your Kyoto experience.

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Maiko, or apprentice Geisha, are female entertainers and a splendid symbol of Kyoto who wear elegant and intricate traditional dress. They entertain at elite ocha-ya, or “teahouses”, where they sing, dance, and play traditional instruments to entertain their patrons.

Maiko entertain in five small districts in Kyoto called “Kagai,” which literally means “Flower Town.” The kagai areas of Kyoto are Kamishichiken, Pontocho, Miyagawacho, Gion-higashi and Gion-kobu. These areas are also where Maiko lead their daily lives and are among the most popular places in Kyoto for sightseeing in the evening.

Normally only the wealthy and influential repeaters are granted access to tea houses, with services for tourists experienced at selected ryokans (traditional inn) or hotels. However, Experience Japan has been given a rare opportunity to provide access to our clients. Unlike a tour situation, you will be able to see traditional house they live in, meet the “okasan” (proprietress) and have plenty of opportunity to take photos and interact with Maiko. (Please note: Booking now must be made in conjunction with accommodation booking with Experience Japan)


What our clients have said:


“The Tea with a Maiko was absolutely wonderful and an unforgettable experience not to be missed.” Sue from Outdoor Travel

“Private geisha tea ceremony was “an incredible honour”" Josie’s  (from Bayview Travel) client, Susie

“Loved Geisha experience, they were very friendly, the geisha played games with me which was very fun!” Nouf



  • 50 minute visit to the “ochaya” (tea house)
  • English explanation of Gion and Maiko’s daily life by okasan (proprietress)
  • Maiko will perform tea ceremony for you
  • Green tea and Japanese sweets
  • Maiko’s dancing performance


Per session up to 6 participants

Per participant thereafter




We recommend you to take this tour with our Kyoto Cycling Tour. For more information, please enquire with Experience Japan.


Terms and Conditions

  • All prices are in Australian dollars inclusive of taxes
  • Throughout this session, you will be seated on a tatami mat floor. If you are unable to sit on a floor please enquire with us for an alternative tour
  • Booking now must be made in conjunction with accommodation booking with Experience Japan
  • Booking for this tour must be made at least 7 days prior to departure and is subject to availability
  • A non-refundable deposit is required within 7 days of booking
  • Full payment is required 45 days prior to travel
  • Credit card fees apply
  • Cancellation fees apply
  • Prices correct as of 1 November 2017 and may change due to currency exchange rate