Meet with an apprentice geisha over ceremonial tea and discover one of Japan's most fascinating cultures
History & culture
Since the turn of the 18th century, the ivory faces, patterned kimonos and wooden sandal teeter of Japan’s geishas have become part of the country’s national identity. However, with training that lasts a lifetime and social connections governed by strict hierarchies, few are honoured with an invitation into their teahouses. Thanks to our links with one such institution in Kyoto’s geisha district, Gion, you’ll spend an afternoon in the position of a visiting dignitary with a maiko – apprentice geisha – and her translator. Over ceremonial tea on tatami mats you’ll be introduced into the world of Japanese high society with traditional games, a dance performance and perhaps a calligraphy or poetry demonstration. It’s a rare opportunity to glimpse a life that few – even in Japan – get close to.
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from £145 pp
Price: from £145 per person
Includes: services of an english speaking guide
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