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Important Information

Our make-up room is clean and offers storage lockers for your belongings.
The studio facilities, in fact the entire house, is very clean and elegant.
Women can feel safe knowing that we take great pride in cleanliness and comfort and security. Our amenities and facilities were designed to create a perfect experience from start to finish.

What you need to bring

- Your own cosmetics. We provide the cosmetics for the maiko experience but not for afterwards.
- Your camera. We take studio photos but also give you time to take more photos on your own.

Meet your host :
  • 日本語 (Fluent)
  • English (Fluent)

Hi! We are Aya, a group of young people in love with Kyoto and its traditional culture. We want to popularize the art of becoming a maiko internationally, therefore it is our great pleasure to help you have unforgettable and fun experiences during your stay in Japan.

We are waiting for you in Kyoto!
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Reviews (11)

  • Enlightened Enlightened

    Birthday makeover

    Excellent day and fantastic people

  • Jesslyn Jesslyn

    Amazing and beautiful experience

    This was such an amazing experience. Despite the place being busy, they were able to accomodate for our guy friend who had no booking. He was able to dress up in a male kimono and have a photo shoot as well for a small sum paid on the day.

    I had the pleasure of having Wakano as my artist and she was very informative, went through the steps and knew told me simple instructions to help her during the make up.
    The artists were very professional and knew what they were doing. They also gave you options of looking cute or elegant which was great!
    We also got to choose which kimono that we could wear and the accessories that went with them! The photographer was also very knowledgable and knew the angles and what to do to take excellent pictures of us (we took 4 home and I got 3 postcards with additionally cost of the postcard).
    Then we had some time outside in the garden for our own photo shoots.
    The whole experience was amazing and we all would highly recommend doing this for anyone interested!

    Thank you for the lovely experience :) we will be suggesting this to all my friends back at home

  • Helen Helen

    One of the most memorable parts of our honeymoon in Japan and the most popular photos!!

    I had booked the experience through Voyagin before we arrived in Japan and chose the courtyard plan experience. The house is in Gion and not too hard to find (although we had the phone sat nav, so cheated a little!) . They are based in a lovely traditional house, which was a fantastic bonus to experience (think memoirs of a geisha!).

    When I arrived I was taken to a changing area equipped with lockers for your stuff and given a white gown to wear and was then taken through to the make up area. The lady who took me through the experience was fantastic, really helpful and friendly, despite the language barrier. I was asked if I wanted the elegant or cute (Kawaii!) style and I chose the latter. She applied the make up which was fascinating to watch. The wig was then fitted and my hair was pinned into the wig and some wash-out hair dye was sprayed on to make it look authentic.

    I was then taken upstairs and got to choose a kimono and hair accessories and was dressed in these (so many layers!). I was then taken to the courtyard where a lovely photographer came in an took some shots for me on their camera and also on mine. My husband and I were then given some time to take our own photos.

    Once we were done I went to change back, the changing area is very well equipped with shower heads on the sinks to washout the hair dye, lots of makeup removal stuff, hairbrushes etc. We then went to the waiting room where I was given the printed photos and I bought a cd of all the photos they’d taken.

    Overall a fantastic experience which I thoroughly recommend!!

  • Victoria Victoria


    I came with my friend, and it was no problem for them to do our makeup & dress us up at the same time. We both had an absolute fantastic time, marvelled by our transformations and great pictures!! Would love to do this again sometime in the future :)

  • Tina Tina

    Great learning experience

    I learned alot about how to wear the makeup and the kimono. Def a lovely experience

  • Sara Sara


    While this was fun I think it could have been a lot more educational. The women could explain Geisha life and meaning.

  • Yulia Yulia

    Very good experience ..

    I do recommend this unbelievable experience ...

  • Melanie Melanie

    Fry Melanie

    My husband was so excited about me dressing up and having a photo shoot. We are so pleased with the way the pictures turned out. And the employees were so helpful and gracious. I would recommend this place to anyone who would like to experience the dress and makeup of a Maiko. Thank you so much to the staff at AYA!

  • Candice Candice

    My girl friend and I had a splendid time at Kyoto Gion! We had quite an adventure trying to find the studio but with the locals helping us and our broken Japanese, we still managed to become a maiko for the day. Thanks to the govoyagin team for making it happen!

  • Gisela Gisela

    It was a wonderful and exciting experience. Within an hour i was turned into Maiko look. The staff were really friendly and hands on. Changing room is clean and sufficient, you dont have to bring your cleaning kit. They even have hair dryer in the case you want to wash your hair after make up

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