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Geisha Encounter: Cultural Experience at Chaya in Tokyo

Product ID: 97422
The Geisha Encounter is a 90 minute event at a modern ochaya, or contemporary tea house, where Geisha entertain guests with song, dance, games and conversation.
About this ticket
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience authentic Geisha performance with musical instruments and dancing
  • Enjoy traditional sweets at a modern chaya
  • Learn about the geisha culture and history
Full description
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 who may converse with English-speaking guests.

The entertainment provided by Geisha is through the form of song, dance, games, conversation, and sometimes even poetry whilst making sure everyone’s glasses are filled. 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.
Includes
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation to or from attractions
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
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Currently it is not possible to book this product due to its limited availability.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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This is a special insight into the activities that happen only behind closed doors in an Ochaya with customers who pay millions of yen to be entertained by Geishas. We met Nami-san and her English speaking assistant in their studio in Omori area. They proceeded to show us the special dances and games they would use in entertaining guests. Everything - including booklets and the dances - were explained in English for foreigners. If you’re curious about the Geisha art & culture they embody, this visit is a must. This is a dying trade and no more than 1000 Geishas exist in all Japan. The studio is small and so book early. Wear socks as the studio has tatami flooring but perfectly air conditioned for the summer months. Allow yourself a little more time to find the Ochaya. Google map worked perfectly for us.

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August 1, 2019

fun cultural experience. they were very friendly and happy to see everyone. great peak into some of Japan's history.

November 27, 2019

the place is located quite easily if you use google maps and the directions they provide. The meeting itself is a fairly touristy thing, a single "geisha" that shows the various types of entertainment (games, songs, music) explaining a little bit about what it is, but nothing.

November 5, 2019

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Product ID: 97422