Geisha Walking Tours
Geisha expert Peter Macintosh offers an exclusive insight into the mystical and secret world of Japan's most gifted entertainers - Kyoto's geisha.
Long-term resident of Japan's ancient capital, Peter Macintosh leads walking lectures through the traditional teahouses of Kyoto's Gion and Pontocho, providing essential translation and cultural liaison as he accompanies you on an unforgettable evening exploring the world and environs of Kyoto's geisha.
Geisha are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses in teahouses and perform music and dance for their clients.
After a long apprenticeship as maiko, a fully trained geisha commands an established position in Japan's entertainment world and a consequent high price for her talents.
Geisha/Walking Tour Prices and Packages
1) Morning Walk/Lecture 10:30am-12:30pm
The walk will take you through two Geisha districts - Gion and Pontocho - followed by a visit to the Tetsuo Ishihara Museum of Traditional Japanese Hair styles.
4,000 Yen (cash only) per person. (Price includes museum entry).
Group rates available.
2) Evening Walk 4:30pm-6:00pm
The walk will take you through two Geisha districts as the maiko and geiko move between the evening's engagements, followed by a visit to a local shop that has been selling geisha accessories for over 125 years.
3,000 Yen (cash only) per person.
Group rates available.
3) Evening Walk and private engagement
The walk will take you through two Geisha districts followed by a light dinner and drinks with an hour of maiko/geiko entertainment.
50,000 Yen for 1 person.
60,000 Yen (per group) up to 3 persons.
Groups over 3 persons 20,000 yen per person.
Requires at least 3 days prior notice with full contact information and guest's credit card number.
Original tours for groups and/or individuals can be arranged.
Recommended dress for private engagement should be business casual with socks.
Groups will meet at Minamiza Kabuki Theater near Kyoto Keihan Shijo Station on the south side of Shijo street.
The Walking Lecture can be arranged for any time on weekdays or weekends to suit your schedule.
Please contact Peter Macintosh for bookings and enquiries.
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