Tokyo Cultural Experience
Geisha and a Traditional Kaiseki restaurant with Michelin stars
Meet real Geisha in a traditional Japanese restaurant is a wonderful opportunity. It is very rare for Japanese people to have the experience, since the world of Geisha has not been open. You can see Geisha in only few special restaurants in Geisha districts in Tokyo. We invite you to the traditional Japanese restaurant with Michelin stars with fine Japanese Kaiseki cuisine and Geisha dancing with Shamisen live music played by another Geisha.
What is Hanamachi or Kagai?
Hanamachi or Kagai is Japanese geisha districts. The word’s literal meaning is “a flower town”. Hanamachi contains various Okiya where geisha live and Ochaya (Tea House).
Tokyo has six hanamachi districts which are Shimbashi, Akasaka, Asakusa, Yoshicho, Kagurazaka, and Mukojima and in each hanamachi, Geisha are called Shimbashi geisha, Akasaka geisha, Asakusa geisha, etc. Nowadays, the Tokyo hanamachi of Shimbashi, Asakusa, and Kagurazaka are well known.
Geisha study traditional instruments: shamisen, shakuhachi, and drums, as well as learning games, traditional songs, calligraphy, Japanese traditional dances, tea ceremony, literature, and poetry.
GEISHA in modern time
In modern Japan, geisha are now a rare sight outside hanamachi. In the 1920’s, there were over 80,000 geisha in Japan, but today, there are far fewer. The exact number is unknown and is estimated to be from 1000 to 2000, mostly in the resort town of Atami.
Geisha are expected to be single women; those who choose to marry must retire from the profession. It was traditional in the past for established geisha to take a danna, or patron. A danna was typically a wealthy man, sometimes married, who had the means to support the very large expenses related to a geisha’s traditional training and other costs. This sometimes occurs today as well, but very rarely.
Experience SAYURI’s world
We invite you to the world of SAYURI the film– Memories of Geisha and to the Michelin three-star restaurant in Kagurazaka. We promise that you will have the very best Geisha experience.
Why not try experiencing the best of Japanese culture together with us?
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Duration is about 2.5 hours/ Minimum number of participants are 2. Your English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel. Price will include transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees and dinner while touring. Optional special activities will be quoted separately. Please contact: email@example.com