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Tea with a Maiko

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Overview

Uncover the rich culture of Japan. In the historic district of Gion, meet a maiko and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony in this unique setting of an authentic Japanese tea house.

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Tea with a Maiko
- Half Day
The traditional neighbourhood of Gion is known to be Kyoto’s main geisha district, where it is still common to see geisha dressed in colourful kimono darting along the city’s narrow streets.

This afternoon, join a guide to find out more about this mysterious world. Together, meet a maiko, an apprentice geisha, and have tea with her at a local tea house in Gion.

The Japanese tea ceremony is a very structured ritual where all gestures, movements and even the colours of pottery and sweets have a precise meaning and function, and very little is left to chance.

Explanations of the meanings behind this ancient ritual will be given as the maiko leads the tea ceremony.The surprisingly bitter tea will be accompanied by traditional Japanese sweets, creating a harmonious blend of flavours

Savour the tea and sweets while enjoying the maiko’s traditional dance performance.

There will also be some time for an explanation about the history of geisha and maiko, and about their lives in present day Kyoto.

After this lovely experience, keep exploring the magnificent city of Kyoto or return to the hotel for some rest and relaxation.

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