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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 :
Maiko Makeover Shop
  • English (Fluent)
  • 日本語 (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 (23)

  • Ana Margarita Ana Margarita

    Not to be missed!

    I was feeling a bit conscious but Nimiki and the photographer made me feel very comfortable during preparations and during pictorial! Everyone visiting Kyoto should experience Maiko Makeover <3 <3 <3

  • Mark Mark

    Great geisha experience

    A fantastic opportunity to go to an authentic tea house and experience performances by genuine geishas. And all overseen by the remarkable Lady Baba.

  • Lisa Lisa

    An amazing cultural eperience

    The staff were all very friendly and professional. What an incredible insight into Maiko life! I chose 3 courtyard photos and loved having a ten minute personal phone photo op too.

  • Morgan Morgan

    A Gorgeous day in Gion <3

    =^ . ^= I will do this again , the next time I am in Japan !! Simply put, this experience was INCREDIBLE !! ( I wish I could include the amazing selfie with my artist and photographer !! So cute !! But I put them all on my computer !! ) From the moment you walk in ; you feel taken care of , respected and already a beautiful Maiko or Geisha .. I would explain the process but that would ruin the magic of this gorgeous experience . All staff were friendly , warm hearted and beautifully souled. Me and my boyfriend unfortunately ran a little bit late due to being in a foreign country , the language barrier and other circumstances .. But Aya was so incredibly understanding , receptive and kind . During the whole experience I never felt incomfortable.. It was so amazing as well that you got to pick your own kimono color , belt color , and hair accessories .. which made it feel very personable and gave you a greater and fuller experience . My boyfriend even had an incredible time and was dressed very beautifully ! You can also discuss and add on additional photos if you'd like , and all staff are very open and accepting to this . Honestly at the end my boyfriend and I were astonished at the amount of print outs we recieved as well as a CD of the photoshoot !! This review wasn't the best written .. But I don't really even know what to say other than .. WHAT AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE !! I have never felt so beautiful , empowered and incredible in my life .. thank you to every staff member at Aya Gion .. you are a blessing ! ^ ^

  • 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

  • Charles Charles

    A great experience

    We booked this as a surprise for my mum. My mum had an amazing time, was treated with such kindness and loved the whole experience. Highly recommended, and the pictures are superb !