Gion Hatanaka


Restaurants & Cafés


Dining with maiko is a typical Kyoto experience that few visitors get to try. Securing their services usually requires more money and better connections than a tourist enjoys. But in 2009, Gion’s Hatanaka ryokan began hosting maiko dinner parties, which are open to anyone with ¥18,000 to spare. A pair of maiko perform a traditional dance, lead you in some drinking games, and make nervous conversation as you tuck into top quality Kyoto cuisine. Foreigners are welcome, but don’t expect to have a fluent chat. You can book online in English.

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009


Yasaka-jinja Minamimon-mae, Gion machi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

Transport Gion Shijo station (Keihan line).

Telephone 075 541 5315

Open 6pm onwards, days vary.

Admission ¥¥¥.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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