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Geisha Experience at Chaya in Tokyo

  • 1.5-hour geisha performance in Tokyo
  • A cultural experience designed to educate first-time visitors
  • Watch a geisha performance, traditionally featuring songs, dances, and games
Geisha Experience at Chaya in Tokyo
From USD 81.01
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Standard Option at 1:00 PMMost Popular
Standard option includes one drink and some sweets only. Please arrive 15 minutes before selected time.
USD 81.01
Upgraded Option at 1:00 PM
Upgraded option includes bento lunch and unlimited drinks. Please arrive 15 minutes before selected time.
USD 104.68
Get acquainted with a real-life geisha during a 1.5-hour 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.
What to Expect
You'll start the tour as you arrive at the ochaya, where you will be greeted by geisha that are representing a number of okiya (geisha houses) in Tokyo.

An ochaya, while literally meaning “tea house,” is not actually a place to go for drinking tea. An ochaya, traditionally, was a place for customer to be entertained by geisha, with history dating as far back as the Edo Period of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Ochaya are typically very exclusive, invitation-only establishments in a hanamachi (geisha district).

As you are seated, you will be provided with information that will introduce you to the culture and history of geisha (a tradition and practice of Japanese female entertainers that have been around for centuries). Throughout the 90-minute event (1.5 hour), the geisha will perform traditional dances and songs, and will converse and play traditional Japanese games with guests. On some occasions, there may be English-speaking geisha or translators who may converse with English-speaking guests. Some events may not have an English-speaking translator, in which case details of the performances and what to expect will be provided in written English form. 

The entertainment provided by geisha are through the form of song, dance, games, conversation, and sometimes even poetry whilst making sure everyone’s glasses are filled. Aside from the highlight, which is the geisha’s performance of a seasonal dance, the geisha performances might also include some of many Japanese fine arts, including playing traditional musical instruments such as the koto (Japanese harp) and shamisen (a three-stringed musical instrument).

Guests may mingle with others at the ochaya, including locals who often frequent the ochaya to support the geisha in their community.

At the end of the event, guests may gather and take photos with geisha before leaving.

Reviews (59)
1 - 5 of 27 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Geisha tokyo

I can't recommend this enough was my favourite experience in Tokyo. We got to watch the geisha sing and dance and play games with us. There was 7 in our group as we went on Sunday ww were Irish was a Scottish guy 2 London...More

Thank GoPlaces813891
Reviewed 1 week ago
Wonderful Experience.

This experience turned out to be one of the best things we did in Japan. Took a train from Yokohama to Oomri Station. The "tea restaurant" is a very short walk from the station. We purchased the upgraded option which included a lunch and drinks....More

Thank Lyle K
Reviewed 1 week ago
Well Worth Booking

I cannot recommend enough this experience it is a must do if you are visiting Tokyo. It was a very unique experience, the hosts were very friendly, watching the traditional dances and songs were very interesting and the games were pretty fun too, it had...More

1  Thank Stewart M
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile
Great experience

The hostess Nami and her assistant Yuki we're very accommodating and energetic with our Geisha this morning, We met at 12.45 as suggested and greeted very warmly and sat down in our small group. The language barrier was addressed with Google translate sparsely and she...More

1  Thank Jet258939
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile
Very Good!

My son and I went. It was excellent. Teaches you some history on the Geisha. Very entertaining afternoon. Lunch box not so great, don’t go hungry. Drinks offered. They do a good job of it all. Small group, nice and friendly atmosphere.More

1  Thank Jennifer F
JapanAwaits, Guest Relations Manager at Japan Awaits, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Thank you for your review, Jennifer! We are glad to hear that you and your son had a great time at the Geisha Experience at Chaya. We have looked into improving the bento box option for this tour as well, and really appreciate the feedback...More

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11 June 2018|
Response from annettemcmann | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a lift up to the event. Sorry i didnt keep a note of the address, if you go onto viator, thats who we booked it through you should get all the information you need for it. Expedia also do trips there & are... More
Kristy C
11 April 2018|
Response from annettemcmann | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can book vegetarian, just let them know when booking
Kristy C
10 April 2018|
Response from Esther D | Reviewed this property |
Sorry i do not know....
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