activities / Local culture

Maika information

Kyoto , Japan
Street Miyagawa suji 4-chōme 297
Extras Higashiyama-ku
+81 75 551 1661
Getting there
train Keihan Line to Gion-Shijo or Kiyomizu-Gojo stations
More information
maiko/geisha from ¥6500/8000
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Lonely Planet review

If you ever wondered how you might look as a geisha, Kyoto has several shops that offer maiko-henshin (geisha transformation). Maika is a popular maiko-henshin shop in Gion. If you don't mind spending a bit extra, it's possible to head out in costume for a stroll through Gion (and be stared at like never before!). The process takes about an hour. Call to reserve at least one day in advance.