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Gion Hatanaka, Kyoto Cuisine and Maiko Evening

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Address: 505 Gionmachiminamigawa, Higashiyama-ku | Gion Hatanaka, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
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Maiko Performance with Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto
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Very enjoyable participatory show and wonderful kaiseki dinner!

This is held at a nice ryokan hotel. The MC is English speaking and the show is held in a large tatami mat room with regular dining tables so you don't need to sit on the floor... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is held at a nice ryokan hotel. The MC is English speaking and the show is held in a large tatami mat room with regular dining tables so you don't need to sit on the floor. The MC educated us on the culture of Geisha and Maiko. We happened to sit with a Japanese gentleman who frequents this place.... More 

1 Thank TiggerMeow
gion_hatanaka, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Gion Hatanaka, Kyoto Cuisine and Maiko Evening, responded to this review

Thank you very much for joining us and writing a review. We are so glad that you could enjoy our dinner show. Then, we would like to correct your misunderstanding about seating. We do not accept any request of seating, and usually it is decided on a first-come-first-served basis. If you have another chance to come to Kyoto, please join... More 

Hinckley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't fault anything about this superb evening. You are served an authentic kaiseki meal, and entertained by the meiko/geiko. You get to meet them, are entertained by them and have your photo taken with them An absolutely delightful evening It's not cheap - but it's probably a once in a lifetime opportunity, so just do it

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was an excellent evening. We had always been interested in Geisha and finally we had an opportunity to see them. They were enchanting, very sweet music, singing and dancing. The meal was an excellent standard with many courses. Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks were included - great range. We got an opportunity to chat with the Geisha. There was... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed March 10, 2017

I've wanted to meet a Geisha or Maiko for years - this was something I was greatly looking forward to and they lived up to expectations! Their dancing was exquisite and they really do look just as otherwordly and beautiful in the flesh. Getting pictures with them and talking to them (through a translator) was a real thrill. Frankly I'd... More 

Thank rclk2
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed March 3, 2017 via mobile

If you have any interest at all in geisha/geiko/maiko than this is the ultimate experience for you. The whole evening from start to finish was dazzling. We had the delight of spending time with three authentic, beautiful maiko/geiko. The food was really authentic, and beautifully presented, but our western tastes were certainly challenged. The ume plum liquor with water was... More 

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La Jolla, California
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Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

This may be a first for me- a 5 star review for a restaurant where we didn't like the food, and 5 stars for a foreign attraction that only Westerners frequent. Well make that a second- because Gion Hatanaka is the Kyoto version of the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo. At both places you go for the experience- and you go... More 

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Reviewed September 20, 2016

Dinner and performance by Maiko and Geiko. You have an opportunity to meet and speak with them after dinner you play drinking games and take photos with them. This is a must do in Kyoto.

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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

After few days in Japan, you would expect something more at that price... Instead, the food was nothing extraordinary. The geisha show was interesting during the first part (20 min max) - then they started playing games - but in my opinion it doesn't justify the price. At the end of the dinner I asked for more ice cream and... More 

3 Thank Dario A
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Reviewed June 20, 2016

For me, it was a once-in-a-life real experience, in a traditional nice place (the Gion Hatanaka Ryokan, a traditional japanese Inn). The kyoto Kaiseki Dinner, a Kyoto style sushi dinner, was beautifuly presented in red boxes, and with a fresh and delicious taste for Sushi lovers. The drinking games were funny ! Even if the dinner was especially for tourists,... More 

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Wonder Lake, Illinois
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Reviewed June 10, 2016

This is billed as a Maiko evening which is a joke because the whole thing was 1 1/2 and the Maiko only performed two short versions of songs. I knew it was going to be authentic but I had no idea just what a scam it was. When you realize there is man hosting it and directing everything and that... More 

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