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Address: 1-2-20 Hiyoshicho, Sakata 998-0037, Yamagata Prefecture
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+81 234-21-2310
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Thu - Tue 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Dating back over 200 years to the Edo Period, Somaro is a maiko teahouse...

Dating back over 200 years to the Edo Period, Somaro is a maiko teahouse and museum in the northern port city of Sakata. It is one of the very few places outside of Kyoto where geisha culture can be enjoyed. Originally called Soma-ya, Somaro's geisha culture was brought up to Northern Japan through the thriving trade ties that once existed between Kyoto and Sakata. During that time, Somaro served as an entertainment destination and exquisite restaurant for the many merchants and shipping agents who shuffled through this city. Beautifully restored in 2000, Somaro is a museum and maiko dance house that preserves and showcases the splendor of Sakata's geisha culture.

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A Wonderful Cultural Experience, with Tremendous Hospitality

After living for a year and a half in Sakata city, I finally managed to find the time to visit Somaro last Sunday. After spending a few hours there, I can safely say that I wish I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After living for a year and a half in Sakata city, I finally managed to find the time to visit Somaro last Sunday. After spending a few hours there, I can safely say that I wish I visited sooner! One of the distinguishing aspects of Sakata city, compared to other cities in Tohoku, is the greater influence of Kansai culture... More 

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Derek Y, Public Relations Manager at Somaro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review!! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been living in Sakata for about 8 months before I came to Somaro. I went with my friends for a private event, which included bento boxed lunches. The employees spoke English well and they were helpful to direct me during my time there. Lunch starts at noon and the performance begins later (12:30). This unique experience will cost... More 

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Derek Y, Public Relations Manager at Somaro, responded to this review

Thanks again for visiting and for the review Vi!! More 

Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

It is so fortunate that this exquisite teahouse treasure was chosen to be renovated and preserved. It is a definite must-see experience. As you walk through the different rooms, you can feel the history of the past. The Maiko performance with accompanying shamisen is a genuine treat. The Maiko's kimonos, hair pieces and makeup are gorgeous! What a great keepsake... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

The Somaro Tea House was stunningly beautiful with a large collection of original paintings and artwork from the exchange between Kyoto and Sakata since the 1600s. We were free to roam the building and walk through the traditional hallways with vivid red walls and intricate hand painted doors. The garden outside was green even in the winter and had the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

Superb attraction. Really worth it. I took a party of 7 friends here for the lunch show. I pre-booked and cushions and low chairs were arranged for each guest with a stacked box of food. They even prepared crayons and paper for my 1 year old niece. I loved trying all of the different food and textures but other members... More 

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Lithgow, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2013

hubby and I caught the Kira Kira Uetsu train from Niigata to Sakata for fun. It's a lovely windy scenic journey. Anyways, Somaro. Hubby suggested to me on a whim to visit 'this geisha place cos we didn't see geishas in Kyoto'. We caught a taxi from Sakata train station to the Geiko/Maiko house. This is the first and only... More 

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