Enjoy Ozashiki Asobi in Gion at Yasaka-dori Enraku
When you walk in Gion, you can see maikos all around you. But these people are actually not real maikos, but tourists dressed up as ones. So, where can you see a real maiko? Maiko is a young woman who entertains guests by singing, dancing and playing ozashiki games in a teahouse. The role of maiko is to make sure everyone is satisfied, and if you want to meet a maiko, you just need to go to a teahouse. But the problem is that most teahouses don’t let first-timers in – you need to know a patron to enter the establishment. But at the restaurant Yasaka-dori Enraku, they have a plan for foreigners visiting Japan, called Enchanted Time with Maiko, where you get to be enchanted by a maiko three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, from 6 to 8 p.m. This is their main tour, but they also have a VIP tour where you get the maiko all for yourself; you will get her undivided attention for the whole duration! In both programs, you have an interpreter who helps you when you talk with the maiko and play games with her. In the end, you also get to take pictures with the maiko. The price of this experience includes a full course meal and as much alcohol as you can drink, for the price of 19,000 yen for one person for the main tour, and the VIP tour is 25,000 for one person if you have four people in your group. This is a rare chance to get to see and talk to a maiko up close, so be sure to take advance of it! ▼Click here for Writer's Blog https://sharing-kyoto.com/Blog/b_enraku
You will get to see the maiko dance a dance she practices every day. You can take photos and video of her, but be careful not to obstruct other people’s view of the dance.
Play a game with the maiko
You can try your hand at some games with the maiko which in Japanese are called “ozashiki asobi.” If you win against the maiko you get a small present, but even if you lose you get to down a drink. In the picture, you can see our writer Sampo playing “Konpira Fune Fune.”
Take a photo with the maiko
It’s really rare to get to a take a picture with a maiko, and this close! But be careful not to touch the kimono of the maiko; it’s very expensive!
Full course Dinner
You not only get to see a maiko, but you also get to eat a full course Japanese dinner and drink beer and sake too. The full course contains an appetizer plate, sashimi, Japanese-style steak, chawanmushi (an egg custard dish), noodle dish, and a dessert.
Manner & Tips
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The maiko is underage so she cannot drink alcohol, but she can pour some beer for you!
When interacting with the maiko, please remember your manners.
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Enchanted Time with Maiko
|Address||594-3, Komatsu-cho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto|
|Directions||A 10-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station.|
|Open Hours||Main tour: Every week on Tuesdays , Thursdays, and Sundays, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The VIP Tour takes place between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. and you can decide the time for it. The tour takes two hours and can be reserved for any day.|
|Reservations||Accepted. Main tour: Reservations accepted until 3 p.m. on the day. VIP Tour: Reservations need to be done at least three days in advance.|
|Closed||No open every day the event is scheduled to happen.|
|Notes||Getting to see a maiko is not a casual affair, so please dress accordingly. This doesn’t mean that you have to dress formally, but please don’t go to see the maiko in shorts and sandals. The seating is in Japanese style tatami so please remember to wear socks.|
Main Tour Adult (Aged 19 or over): ￥19,000 / Guest Youth (Age 13 to 18): ￥17,000 / Guest Children (Ages 7 to 12): ￥13,000 / Guest Infant (Ages 0 to 6): Free / Guest VIP Tour 2 guests: ￥39,000 / Guest 3 guests: ￥35,000 / Guest 4 or more guests: ￥25,000 / Guest
|Credit cards||VISA, MASTER, AMEX / Accepted.|
There is always an interpreter present to help you communicate with the maiko, and the staff understands English so you shouldn’t have anything to worry about here.