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Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Geisha/Maiko makeover

I was really looking forward to having the makeover once I'd made my booking but when the day... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
DawnH_London
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London, United Kingdom
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Eye-opening experience

I reserved this experience online. When I get there, the staff were very welcoming and I enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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499-8 Shimogawaracho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0825, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I was really looking forward to having the makeover once I'd made my booking but when the day arrived I felt a bit apprehensive. However, the staff were extremely friendly and professional and the photos were stunning (I chose the courtyard shoot). I would thoroughly...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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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 2 days ago

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I reserved this experience online. When I get there, the staff were very welcoming and I enjoyed the makeup and dress up process. It was eye-opening and the staff was very quick. For the photography session, the photographer taught me how to pose like the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Vivian T
GionAYA, マネージャー at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience.All staff are glad that you all enjoyed it. We are looking forward to meet you again!Next time, please come and enjoy the course where the photographer will accompany...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After signing up for this I felt buyer's remorse worrying that it was silly as an adult (white) woman playing dress. I wondered if this bordered on cultural appropriation but honestly everyone was so kind and professional they really made me feel comfortable. It was...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Katherine J
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 visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience.All staff are glad that you all enjoyed it. We are looking forward to meet you again! Hope you had a blast in Kyoto. Arigato! We will do our...More

Reviewed March 16, 2019 via mobile

It was an awesome experience with Yukiko and Mayumi. Very patient and accommodating. Makeover photos turned great. A must stop by when visiting Kyoto.

Date of experience: March 2019
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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 March 18, 2019

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

Reviewed March 6, 2019

My mum and I visited Japan in spring of 2018 and wanted to do a geisha makeover photo experience. we discovered the Gion AYA in our research and thought we would book a spot. We originally booked the base package as we didn't wan't to...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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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 March 18, 2019

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

Reviewed February 11, 2019

I booked for my teenage daughter and I when we visited Kyoto in January. We took a taxi so we wouldn't be late and be able to find it without any problems. We booked a studio photo shoot as it was winter time - the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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 February 15, 2019

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

Reviewed February 4, 2019 via mobile

This was one of the best part of my 2 week long trip in Japan and definitely one that I’ve looked forward to the most. From reserving the time via email weeks prior up to the day of, everything was seamless. Because of the time...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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 February 15, 2019

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

Reviewed January 20, 2019

The whole experience of dressing as a Maiko was amazing. To gain a little insight in to the daily dressing habits of the Maiko and Geisha was truly memorable. My 13 year old daughter and I had a ball! And the photos that we received...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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 March 2, 2019

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

Reviewed January 10, 2019

From the start to the finish of our morning we had an amazing time and will remember this experience forever. My two daughters (aged 10 and 11) and I dressed up as maikos and even my husband got involved dressing up for our family photo.

Date of experience: January 2019
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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 January 13, 2019

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

Reviewed January 2, 2019

I went to the wrong shop at first and was a little horrified by what I saw there (it was fine, it was just not what I was expecting). What a relief to finally arrive at AYA. The staff, particularly Mirai and Mayumi, were wonderfully...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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 January 6, 2019

Thank you for visitng AYA! We are glad to hear that you had fun with this experience.All staff 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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Monique F
January 1, 2019|
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Response from 650jaynef | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is time at the end. Enjoy...My daughter's went there in September whilst we in Kyoto and it was a highlight of their trip. The staff are wonderful
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noorasrinam
October 4, 2018|
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Response from GionAYA | Property representative |
It takes 1 hour for makeover and dress up as Maiko or Geisha.If it will rain , you can change your course to studio or courtyard course.
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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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