Kyoto Teahouse Experience with Michelin-starred Bento Box

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    10 guests
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    Start Time
    18h00 - 20h00
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    Michelin-starred Bento Box
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    176 USD

About your Kyoto tour

This exclusive Kyoto experience sees you dining on Michelin-starred bento boxes while being entertained by an authentic maiko in a traditional tea house in the geisha district of Gion.

The evening starts with an introduction to the life, history and culture of geishas in Kyoto, before watching a traditional dance, one that the maiko has spent years refining.

While you dine on your seasonal bento box accompanied by Yamazaki whiskey, sake or Japanese beer, you’ll have a one-on-one with the maiko where you’ll have the unique opportunity to ask any questions you wish and play traditional ozashiki games.

There is, of course, time for that ultimate Instagram-worthy photo at the end of the experience.

Why this tour is awesome

Rarely are foreigners allowed to enter the strict tea houses of Kyoto, so this is a unique opportunity to see a glimpse of Kyoto culture that’s been around for hundreds of years.

But that’s not all. A seasonal bento box created by a Michelin starred restaurant – usually made up of ultra-fresh sashimi, though meat and vegetarian boxes are available on request – completes this elegant Kyoto night. A trained English-speaking guide will be on hand to translate.

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Meet a real life maiko on the teahouse tour

Meet a real life maiko on the teahouse tour

Enjoy a traditional dance and entertainment in a private teahouse

Enjoy a traditional dance and entertainment in a private teahouse

An experienced guide will be on hand to translate

An experienced guide will be on hand to translate

Accompany the evening with a Michelin-starred bento box and drinks

Accompany the evening with a Michelin-starred bento box and drinks

Ask questions and play ozashiki games

Ask questions and play ozashiki games

Take photos at the end of the experience

Take photos at the end of the experience

Includes

  • Price US $176 per person
  • Language English / Japanese
  • Small group Maximum of 12 guests
  • Tastings Michelin bento box
  • Drinks Sake, wine, Japanese beer and soft drinks
  • Duration 18h00 - 20h00
  • Guide Licensed guide and maiko
  • Cancellation Cancel up to 14 days
  • Venue Private teahouse
  • Age 13+
  • Instant confirmation Tour on request
  • Pick up / drop off Not included

Dietary information

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian options available
  • Vegan Vegan options available
  • Pescatarian Fish options available
  • Lactose free Suitable for lactose intolerant
  • Gluten free Suitable for gluten intolerant
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Beautiful Kyoto: Being a Maiko

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How to book

This small-group tour is on request. To join, use the calendar to select your date and book the tour with your card. Confirming the tour takes up to 24 hours. If we cannot confirm the tour, we will refund it in full. For special requests, private bookings, or dietary requirements, please contact us.

What to expect

This tour has been created for those who want an insiders’ look at a part of Kyoto culture that’s been around for centuries. Enjoy the elegant entertainment of your maiko while tucking into one of the finest bento boxes in the city. 

Meeting point

The meeting point is at the teahouse on Gion Hanamikoji Street. It's easy to find and we'll provide full details including the address and directions on your booking confirmation. Please try to arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start of the tour.  

Cancellation Policy

A full refund can be offered if the tour is cancelled outside 14 days before departure. Within 14 days, no refund can be offered.

Why you should book with us

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  • No hidden charges - all food tastings included in the price
  • Authentic food experience, escape the tourist traps