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Mesmerizing Dinner with Maiko and Geisha

A trip to Kyoto wouldn’t be complete without sampling some local food, and immersing yourself in the local culture of the iconic maiko (apprentice geisha) and geisha. A local company has partnered with a 100-year-old restaurant to present this two-hour dining experience which includes kaiseki, a traditional Zen Buddhism set menu, served by restaurant Oryouri Iden.

Alongside the seasonal dinner, guests will be able to experience performances from female entertainers symbolic of the ancient city and participate in traditional party games. There are plenty of opportunities to ask questions and learn about the Japanese culture as an interpreter explains their colorful kimono and the everyday life of a geisha.

Photos are welcomed and encouraged, so there will also be a good number of chances to get some great snaps.

The dinner experience is held at Koan Hanare Kyoto, which is located a five-minute walk from Karasuma (Shijo) Station in Kyoto, and bookings are available online via the website.

(Carissa Shale)