- Change into a maiko with Japanese makeup, a gorgeous kimono, and a brilliant hair ornament.
- Photography in the authentic Tsuboniwa courtyard in Kyo-Machiya (Kyoto townhouse), where water-filled bamboo-tubes and garden lanterns have been arranged.
- A photographer, who knows the essence of the beauty of maiko, will take pictures
- Japanese Consumption Tax.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A maiko experience in a real teahouse (a place where geiko entertains their guests) in the Gion district established in the Taisho Era (1912-1926). Prepare to become a maiko, typical for Kyoto and pictures will be taken of your beautiful maiko appearance in the Tsuboniwa courtyard in Kyo-Machiya (a traditional wooden house in Kyoto). No special preparation is necessary. Please leave everything to the staff that day. You will receive three 2L-size (127×178mm) photos.
- Arrival (Plan confirmation)
- Make-up and dressing up
- Take off your kimono and prepare to go home
- Photo pick-up
Change into a maiko:
The venue for the maiko experience is a real teahouse in the Gion district established in the Taisho Era, which is a 1-minute walk from the south gate of the Yasaka Shrine.
When you come to the shop you will be immediately turned into a maiko. After putting on special underwear for a kimono, Japanese make-up will follow.
And last you can change into your favorite gorgeous kimono. You can then select a Japanese hair ornament that matches your style.
Photography at the Tsuboniwa courtyard:
In the authentic Tsuboniwa in Kyo-Machiya, water-filled bamboo-tubes and garden lanterns have been arranged and the beautiful backgrounds of the four seasons make the appearance of the maiko shine more.
In the Tsuboniwa, the photographer, who knows the essence of the beauty of maiko, will teach you how to pose like a maiko and will take pictures of your maiko appearance from the best angles. The garden will become a private space with only one-two people during photography. You can also take pictures by yourself for 10 minutes in the garden or in front of the store using your smartphone or camera.
Photo pick up:
Take off the kimono and the wig, also take off your make-up and go back to your old self. When you've finished dressing, please take the album with the photos that are just made the home with you.
THINGS TO NOTE
- Meeting point: Gion AYA, 499-8, Shimogawara, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto
- From Kyoto station is take around 15 minutes (1,200 yen). Let the driver know that you want to go to Ryotei Hamasaki.
- Take the number 7 exit at Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Main Line and take the Shijo-Dori Street in the direction of the Yasaka Shrine.
- At the intersection in front of the Yasaka shrine, cross the street in the direction of the Gion Koban (Police box) and turn left. Cross the crosswalk in front of the shop called Tsuruha drug store in the direction of the Yasaka Shrine.
- Turn right in front of the Yasaka shrine and walk 100 meters. Turn left at Hotel Sunline and walk 100 meters.
- Turn right in front of Cafe Jouvencelle and walk 35 meters. Turn left on the road between the Japanese-style confectionery shop and Ryotei Hamasaku and the shop is on your left side.
- Language support: Japanese, English
- Included: Maiko experience, Pictures of 3 poses, Three 2L-size (127×178mm) photos.
- Excluded: Make-up products when leaving
- Participation requirements:
- 10 years and above
- Height: 145cm and above
- Please consult us if bust or hip size is 120cm and above
- Gender: Female
- Free Wi-Fi
- Toilet: Western-style
- Other things to note:
If you have a sensitive skin, the experience is at your own risk
The job of a maiko is to entertain guests with traditional arts such as singing, dancing, playing the shamisen, etc. in the Go-Nagai (5 geisha quarters) in Kyoto. It is the training period of a geiko (a geisha in Kyoto), and after 5 years of training as a maiko, she can turn into a geiko. Originally, in the Edo period, there was a teahouse in Higashiyama where the Yasaka Shrine is. Women who worked at the teahouse sang songs and performed for the visitors to the temples and shrines and people traveling on the road. This is the origin of the geiko/maiko. By the strict tradition of the geisha world around Gion, they are still working. But most of the maiko you will see on the street maybe tourists dressed up. Even the locals rarely see maiko, so if you see one you are really lucky. Besides Kyoto, there are also other places where women entertain their guests but the name geiko or maiko is only used in Kyoto.
NEARBY AREA INTRODUCTION
The shrine in the Higashiyama area is famous for holding the Gion Festival. It is the headquarter of Yasaka Shrines and the affiliated 2,300 shrines all over Japan that enshrine the Shinto god, Susanoo-no-Mikoto. The shrine is also called [Gion san] endearingly. They say it was founded in 656 by Irish, the messenger from Goguryeo, Korea. The number of worshipers during the first 3 days of the New Year exceeds 1 million, second in Kyoto after Fushimi Inari Shrine. You can also visit the shrine at night. Here you find the main building built in Gion style (covering the main hall and the hall of worship with one roof). It houses the Utsukushi-gozen-sha Shrine with natural spring water that will make your face and heart pretty and also the Okuninushi-sha Shrine, the gods of marriage.