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Geisha Culture in Tokyo

Geisha Culture in Tokyo

Geisha are one of the most misunderstood pieces of the Japanese cultural puzzle. These traditional Japanese entertainers are trained in various Japanese arts—dance, music, and the tea ceremony. Here’s what you need to know about geisha culture in Tokyo.

What is a Geisha?

The Japanese geisha tradition dates back to the 18th century, and modern-day geisha continue to undergo a rigorous apprenticeship in geisha houses that include lessons in song, historic dances, Japanese musical instruments, and the intricacies of the traditional tea ceremony. While there’s a common misconception in the West that geishas are prostitutes, this is not the case. A real geisha projects a sense of feminine perfection and are successful based on their talents at entertaining.

Ways to Experience Geisha Culture in Tokyo

Kyoto may be considered the most famous Japanese city for geisha districts, but you’ll find them in several areas of Tokyo as well. It’s common to see geisha strolling along the cobbled streets of Tokyo’s Kagurazaka neighborhood, and travelers looking for a taste of Japanese entertainment can book an authentic geisha performance over tea or a multi-course meal. For something a little different, opt for a private shopping tour with a geisha or sit down for a private lunch with one.

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Authentic Geisha Performance and Entertainment including a Kaiseki Course Dinner

Authentic Geisha Performance and Entertainment including a Kaiseki Course Dinner

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Slip on a kimono and savor a multi-course kaiseki dinner while you’re entertained by a geisha performance. A host greets you at an authentic Japanese restaurant in Tokyo during this 3-hour evening experience. Settle in with a small group as you’re served traditional dishes and converse with the geisha who are trained in dance, music and the art of communication.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$298.04
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$298.04
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Traditional Group Geisha Experience and Dinner Show in Tokyo, Fukagawa District

Traditional Group Geisha Experience and Dinner Show in Tokyo, Fukagawa District

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Spend your evening at a teahouse in Tokyo and enjoy a dinner banquet while two highly trained geisha entertain you with a traditional dance and musical performance. Spend a leisurely 2-hour meal feasting on traditional Japanese dishes while you converse with the geisha who are skilled in the Japanese arts as well as the art of communication. Learn about Japan’s age-old traditions while you dine.
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  • 2 hours
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$160.69
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$160.69

Geisha Experience at Chaya in Tokyo

Geisha Experience at Chaya in Tokyo

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Get acquainted with a real-life geisha during a 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.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$84.63
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$84.63
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Private Custom Shopping Tour with a Geisha

Private Custom Shopping Tour with a Geisha

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Treat yourself to a day of shopping, indulgence and Japanese culture during this customizable 2-hour private retail session with a real geisha. Explore handcrafted products like carved hair ornaments, hand-painted fans, silk bags, woven fabrics and more among the historic geisha shops of Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood. As you shop you'll gain new insight into the beauty routines and shopping habits of this iconic Japanese community. Your experience is led by Sayuki, the country’s first western geisha practitioner, or one of her trainees. 
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  • 2 hours
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$252.07
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$252.07
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Private Lunch with Sayuki, the First Western Geisha

Private Lunch with Sayuki, the First Western Geisha

Get up close and personal with the fascinating world of Japanese geishas during this 2-hour private lunch with Sayuki, the country’s first western geisha. As an academic expert on geisha culture and the first westerner to debut as a geisha in the culture’s 400-year history, Sayuki can offer guests a wealth of knowledge about this notoriously secretive world. Enjoy fascinating 1:1 conversation and food with this unique ‘geisha insider,’ an experience you’re not likely to try anywhere else.
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  • 2 hours
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$214.26
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$214.26
per group