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Kyoto: 2-Hour Maiko Makeover and Photo Shoot

Kyoto: 2-Hour Maiko Makeover and Photo Shoot

From US$ 76.15 per person

Dress like a real maiko, an apprentice geiko, and pose like one too. Have your hair styled with a wig and traditional makeup applied and then be photographed in a studio to capture this unique experience in Kyoto. Share the photos with friends and family.

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Duration 2 hours
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English, Japanese, Chinese, English, Korean
Small group
Limited to 5 participants


  • Be made up and dressed like an exact replica of a maiko
  • Have pictures taken during the makeover
  • Learn to pose and walk like a traditional maiko
Full description
On this special 2-hour activity, learn about the life and art of the maiko, or apprentice geiko. Maiko are female performing artists who wear traditional makeup, hairstyles and costumes. They work in the Gion area and perform various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance and games. The maiko are apprentices and are between 15 and 20 years old. You don’t have to be in this age range to participate in the Yumeyakata Maiko Makeover project, however! The professional staff will apply your makeup, use a wig, and dress you extravagantly to look like the real thing. They'll also show you the proper maiko poses for beautiful pictures.  The package includes studio photography, so you’ll have souvenir photos to show your family and friends.
  • Kimono rental
  • Maiko makeup
  • Use of a wig
  • Photo studio
  • 3 shots available by download
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • People with mobility impairments
    • People under 4 ft 6 in (140 cm)
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the kimono rental shop.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Bring your own makeup tools if you would like to reapply after your experience
    • Bring your contact lenses case. You are required to take out your contact lenses temporarily while your makeup is being done
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 /5

    based on 29 reviews

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    As a man, this was such a fun experience. When I checked in, I think the (male) receptionist was a bit shocked to see it was only me, but he handled it with care and I didn't feel embarrassed at all. The photoshoot itself only lasted about 10 minutes, but they do offer to take some personal pictures with your cell phone. (So you don't only get the professionally shot photos advertised!) They also have an option to go to a private shoot in a home, but the cost was like $400 or something. Something to consider if you really want to have an extra special experience.

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    March 26, 2020

    This was one of the best things we did in Kyoto. My wife loved it. The process felt very authentic to her and the kimono was elaborate and ornate. The makeup artist and stylist did a fantastic job and allowed her color and style choices. Even local Japanese were having Maiko Geisha makeovers at this studio so you felt good about their work

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    October 5, 2019

    Unforgettable experience

    All very well organized. We had lots of fun. The 4 ladies who did our make-up and who dressed us up as Maikos are very professional. They also had lots of fun to transform two men into a Maiko but made us feel all the time very good. The photographer she was also very professional. She did perfect pics of us and shared them on the same day via email with us. Absolutly worth to do this experience, even as a man ;-).

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    February 27, 2019

    Product ID: 64846