Enjoy a stroll around Gion, Kyoto’s biggest hanamachi (geisha district), then on to Miyagawa-cho to play Tosenkyo, fan-tossing.
Tosenkyo is one of the traditional games which are popular with geisha. After some practice, you'll play the game against maiko.
You also have time to enjoy the geisha dance performance and matcha (green tea) break.
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At your hotel in Kyoto
Stroll around Gion, Kyoto's biggest geisha district.
When we arrive at the fan store, you will be treated to two dance performances by a maiko.
You will be instructed in the rules of Tosenkyo, and play a round against the maiko after a bit of practice.
After Tosenkyo, you will have a photo opportunity with the maiko.
You can continue to relax with matcha green tea and Kyo-Namagashi sweets.
You will be able to take home the fans used in the game as a souvenir.
You'll get a chance to meet maiko and talk to her, which you never can on the street when you see her.
You'll learn about geisha's life and enjoy one of the traditional games they play.
Guide fee, tea service,
transportation fee (you and guide)
Geisha are never prostitutes. They wear very old and highly valuable kimono, and are there to entertain you with their performance and hospitality. Please don’t touch them or be rude to them.
The store may contain valuable and expensive objects such as hanging scrolls and antiques. Please handle them with care, and enjoy the artistic works from a reasonable distance.
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Tokie was prompt, flexible and very knowledgeable helping make the most of a one day trip to Kyoto. Will definitely refer her and look forward to a tour in Osaka sometime.
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