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Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya

499-8 Shimogawaracho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0825, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-532-6666
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We love Kyoto and we love the world of the maiko! It is our pleasure to provide a lasting and fun experience through traditional Kyoto culture. At our studio you can turn yourself into a maiko complete with real traditional wigs, kimonos, obis, shoes and accessories. And then you can have a studio portrait taken, take your own photos and walk around on the amazing old streets that are just minutes from our front door. Our staffs extend a warm welcome to you. We are located in a traditional 100-year-old machiya townhouse, sitting in the heart of Kyoto's legendary Gion district. The most famous home of the maiko in all of Japan surrounded by traditional restaurants, ryokans, tea houses, shrines and more. Our make-up room and entire machiya townhouse is clean, comfortable and elegant. Our amenities and facilities were designed to create a perfect experience from start to finish. Let us turn you into a Japanese maiko. What to bring: - Your own cosmetics. We provide the cosmetics for the maiko experience but not for afterwards. - Your camera. We take studio photos but also give you time to take more photos on your own.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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499-8 Shimogawaracho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0825, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-532-6666
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"makeup artist"
in 14 reviews
"photo shoot"
in 13 reviews
"professional photographer"
in 7 reviews
"printed photos"
in 3 reviews
"waiting room"
in 5 reviews
"entire process"
in 3 reviews
"once in a lifetime"
in 5 reviews
"an incredible experience"
in 4 reviews
"maiko geisha"
in 4 reviews
"wash your hair"
in 2 reviews
"baby oil"
in 2 reviews
"photo studio"
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"highly recommended experience"
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"visiting japan"
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"highlight of our trip"
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"taking pictures"
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"walk around"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is such an incredible experience - from watching yourself transform through makeup, dressing in kimono and hairpieces, to posing in traditional ways - I had the best time (my husband dressed up as a samurai too)! We loved our pictures - they turned out...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Before I visited Aya (ぎをん彩), I tried Maiko at the Yumekoubou (夢工房). Compared to Yumekoubou, Aya has better studio, better make-up-technique, better photo-technique, better location, and better Kimono at lower price! Additionally, before and after the shooting by the professional photographer, one employee took my...More

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GionAYA, マネージャー at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago
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先日はご来店いただき、またこの度はレビューをいただき誠にありがとうございます。当店でご来店いただいた時に感じられた「こだ...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you Yoshiko for such a wonderful one on one makeup class. I learnt so much about Maiko make up, the tools used and product information. Highly recommend this studio for a classic photo shoot experience. Regards Grace

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GionAYA, マネージャー at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for coming!! I was able to have lessons with you, it was a very fun and meaningful time.Please come to receive dressing and hair set lessons next time. I am looking forward to seeing you again. Yoshiko

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Reviewed June 25, 2018

from walking through the streets of Gion to get to AYA, to entering the building it's like going back in time. They do your maku up quickly and flawlessly. The Wig is cumbersome but so interesting, while the front of your hair is prayed to...More

Thank kellysheadelvac
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GionAYA, マネージャー at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2018

Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience. We are glad that you all enjoyed it. We are looking forward to meet you again! Hope you had a blast in Kyoto. Arigato!

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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

It was so much fun. I had always wanted to do this and this place seemed the most traditional and had an amazing atmosphere. My make up artist (Wakana) was amazing. It was a tad awkward as I do not speak much Japanese but she...More

Thank Kayla J
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GionAYA, マネージャー at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2018

Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience. We are glad that you all enjoyed it. Wakana and Kasane are also very glad to hear it. We are looking forward to meet you again! Hope you...More

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Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

I had an amazing experience having my photo shoot at this place! Mariko and Mirai were my make up artists they did a brilliant job and make me feel so comfortable during the experience! My photographer was Mark, he did a fantastic job capturing all...More

Thank Parry Y
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GionAYA, マネージャー at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2018

Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience. We are glad that you all enjoyed it. Mariko and Mirai and Mark are also very glad to hear it. We are looking forward to meet you again!...More

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Reviewed May 28, 2018

Absolutely fabulous. From the time we arrived , the staff could not have been more friendly or helpful. My make up artist and kimono dresser was Yukileo. She was incredible. My husband and I are not small builds but at no stage did I ever...More

Thank Hol164
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GionAYA, マネージャー at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2018

Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience. We are glad that you all enjoyed it. Yukiko and Kasane are also very glad to hear it. We are looking forward to meet you again! Hope you...More

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Reviewed May 2, 2018

A fabulous few hours! Great way to experience how it feels to be dressed as a maiko - how restrictive and cumbersome the garments are. For me the photos were a bonus; it was really about getting a feel for it all after reading so...More

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GionAYA, マネージャー at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2018

Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience. We are glad that you all enjoyed it. We are looking forward to meet you again! Hope you had a blast in Kyoto. Arigato!

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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

I was SO nervous about trying to attempt a Photo Shoot at Gion Aya. I had the guts too, because of all the positive reviews. But more than that, I thought I had missed my window to make a reservation (we're talking the day before),...More

Thank Xan D
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GionAYA, your makeup artist at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2018

Thank you for coming to Gion AYA. And so happy to write a review. We are happy to see the much.We will do owr best to make makeup and kimono better.Your comment is a encouragement for us!! We are looking forward to see you again!...More

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Reviewed March 26, 2018 via mobile

My husband pre booked the Luxury Plan with 1 studio, 1 garden and 4 Gion street professional photos plus a half hour walk on my own. It was not difficult to book. The process was quite efficient. He picked Gion Aya from numerous different companies...More

Thank Wakki B
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GionAYA, マネージャー at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

Thank you for visiting AYA the other day. We are glad to hear that you had fun with us! Yoshiko and Mayumi are especially happy that you liked it. Hope you had a splendid time in Japan. Arigatoo!

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tanzanite2015
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Response from Xan D | Reviewed this property |
I don't see why not. But I'm not familiar with clip in extensions. When they did my hair they did a wig. They put on a netted wig cap to keep most of my hair back. The only part of your hair they use is the front (think bang... More
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Does the luxury package include the photographer going walking with you? My walking was by myself - you could decide to stay out longer for an extra fee, charged in 30 min blocks - they will give you a card with a map and... More
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Yes, I had rainbow hair when I went
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