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Geisha Encounter: Cultural Experience at Chaya in Tokyo

Product ID: 97422
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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 activity
Duration 1.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Booklets
English
Wheelchair accessible
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund

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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 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 the koto (Japanese harp), shamisen (a three-stringed musical instrument), Noh songs, tanka (31-syllable Japanese poems), and haiku (17-syllable verses).

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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Meeting point

Omori Chaya Address: 〒143-0016 Tōkyō-to, Ōta-ku, Ōmorikita, 1 Chome−12−9, 5th Floor Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/yjTKLrZhbPA2

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