Dressing like a geisha for a day is a fantasy shared by both Japanese and foreign ladies and MAICA, in the Miyagawa Geisha district, is one of the best places to do it.
MAICA is one several places in Kyoto where they’ll dress you up and make you up as a geiko (fully-fledged geisha) or maiko (apprentice geisha) for a fee. MAICA has been in business for years and is comfortable with foreign guests and enough English is spoken to get the main points across.
They offer various packages, including some where they’ll take you around to several famous Gion sightseeing spots and have a professional photographer take a few commemorative shops. Be prepared to be stared at like never before in your life.
Tourists make-up like a Maiko: FCG / Shutterstock.com
Name in English:
Special dress up Geisha & Maiko Style Experience MAICA
Name in Japanese:
4-297 Miyagawasuji, Higashiyama-ku
Fee: from Y6500 for “geisha conversion”
Non-smoking area: Yes
3min walk from Gion Shijo Station Exit 1, Keihan line
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Near To Here:
Maiko Style Experience MAICA is located in Kyoto’s Southern Higashiyama district. See our complete list of things to do in Southern Higashiyama, including places to eat, nightlife and places to stay.
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