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Geisha Experience at Chaya in Tokyo

Highlights
  • 1.5-hour geisha performance in Tokyo
  • A cultural experience designed to educate first-time visitors
  • Watch a geisha performance, traditionally featuring songs, dances, and games
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Geisha Experience at Chaya in Tokyo
From $82.37
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Standard Option at 1:00 PMMost Popular
Standard option includes one drink and some sweets only. Please arrive 15 minutes before selected time.
$82.37
Upgraded Option at 1:00 PM
Upgraded option includes bento lunch and unlimited drinks. Please arrive 15 minutes before selected time.
$106.44
Overview
Get acquainted with a real-life geisha during a 1.5-hour cultural experience in Tokyo. An intimate encounter designed for travelers interested in Japanese culture, this tour includes a geisha performance, traditionally featuring songs, dances, and games, and refreshments such as tea and sweets. Learn about the history of the geisha and upgrade to include lunch and unlimited drinks.
What to Expect
You'll start the tour as you 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 (1.5 hour), 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 or translators who may converse with English-speaking guests. Some events may not have an English-speaking translator, in which case details of the performances and what to expect will be provided in written English form. 

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 playing traditional musical instruments such as the koto (Japanese harp) and shamisen (a three-stringed musical instrument).

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.

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1 - 5 of 26 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Very Good!

My son and I went. It was excellent. Teaches you some history on the Geisha. Very entertaining afternoon. Lunch box not so great, don’t go hungry. Drinks offered. They do a good job of it all. Small group, nice and friendly atmosphere.

Thank Jennifer F
Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing Experience!!

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to enjoy the Geisha Experience at Chaya. It was absolutely awesome!! I would HIGHLY recommend everyone to check this out. There was one geisha performing and she was so friendly, respectful and entertaining. Even though she couldn't...More

1  Thank Charris2013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Nice but way too expensive

We had a nice time. Both geisha’s were very friendly and it was great to play the games and experience what geisha’s do. I would be more positive if it was half the prize. We also ordered lunch which was a mistake. Once again too...More

1  Thank Karin W
Reviewed July 14, 2018
The most authentic experience of my trip to Tokyo!

Beyond the chaos of the streets of Tokyo, the Geisha Experience was easily the most memorable and most enjoyable. It was wonderful to be able to experience such a different side of Japanese culture and history. Our hosts greeted us warmly, offered drinks, and began...More

2  Thank Billy W
Reviewed July 13, 2018
Fantastic, welcoming obliging wonderful hostesses

I had a Marvellous afternoon. Learning and experiencing first hand Japanese culture and customs. I found the whole time enjoyable and informative and highly recommend this tour. Whether young, old, coupled or single we all learnt and we’re catered to quite easily Thanks again for...More

2  Thank Carol L
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Yes, there is a lift up to the event. Sorry i didnt keep a note of the address, if you go onto viator, thats who we booked it through you should get all the information you need for it. Expedia also do trips there & are... More
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Yes you can book vegetarian, just let them know when booking
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