Maiko and Geisha Makeover
Experience in Kyoto Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto 'AYA'

Turn yourself into a
Maiko or Geisha in Kyoto

Try on a Maiko Costume at AYA and experience
the exotic worlds of traditional Kyoto culture.

to be a Maiko makeover yourself

Please watch our movie to see,
how to transform yourself into a Maiko in Kyoto.

Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover
Maiko and Geisha makeover

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Turn yourself into a Maiko or Geisha in Kyoto. Maiko and Geisha makeover experience place AYA

Maiko and Geisha transformation experience

We love Kyoto and we love the world of the maiko. It is our pleasure to provide you with an impressive and fun experience through traditional Kyoto culture.

At our studio you can turn yourself into a maiko complete with real traditional wigs, kimonos, obis, shoes and accessories. And then you can have a studio portrait made, take your own photos and walk around on the fabulous old streets that are just minutes from our front door.

Our staff extend a warm welcome to you.
Let us turn you into a Japanese maiko.

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Overview of Maiko Experience Plans Maiko and Geisha makeover experience place AYA

※including 8% tax

Photo shoot at Japanese traditional 100-year-old machiya townhouse.

Photo shoot at Japanese traditional 100-year-old machiya townhous
+ outside locations full of the romance and spirit of traditional Japan

  • AYA Luxurious Plan
    Maiko and Geisha makeover plan at studio

    3 - 3.5 hours

    21,060 yen (incl. tax)

    • Make up and dress up as Maiko or Geisha
    • 1 studio shot
    • 1 courtyard shot
    • 4 outside location shots with photographer
    • 6 large-size portraits
      with original picture cover
    • CD-R loaded with all photos is included
    • 30 minutes walk in the legendary Gion quarter
      / 1 group
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  • AYA Ultimate Plan
    Maiko and Geisha makeover plan at cortyard

    3.5 hours

    31,860 yen (incl. tax)

    • Make up and dress up as Maiko or Geisha
    • 2 studio shots
    • 2 courtyard shots
    • 8 outside location shots with photographer
    • 12 large-size portraits
      with original picture cover
    • CD-R loaded with all photos is included
    • 30 minutes walk in the legendary Gion quarter
      / 1 group
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Set Plans

  • Couple Plan
    Maiko and Geisha makeover plan at studio

    2 - 2.5 hours

    20,520 yen (incl. tax) for 2 people

    • Make up and dress up as Maiko or Geisha
    • Men's Kimono service included in photo shoot
    • 2 studio shots woman only
    • 2 studio shots with both man and woman
    • 4 large-size portraits
      with original picture cover
    • CD-R loaded with all photos is included
    • 10 minutes free photo time / 1 group
    • 2 printed cards
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  • Family Plan
    Maiko and Geisha makeover plan at cortyard

    2 - 2.5 hours

    27,000 yen (incl. tax) for 2 people

    • Make up and dress up as Maiko or Geisha
    • 2 studio shots for each person
    • 1 studio shot together
    • 5 large-size portraits
      with original picture cover
    • CD-R loaded with all photos is included
    • 10 minutes free photo time / 1 group
    • 10,800 yen (incl. tax) per additional woman
    • 5,400 yen (incl. tax) per additional man
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Men's Plan

  • SAMURAI Plan
    Samurai plan at studio

    1 hours

    7,560 yen (incl. tax)

    • Male kimono, two-pose photo shoot,
      10 minutes’ free time / 1 group,
      and two photographs(mounted in an album)
    • Have yourself photographed in full samurai garb, brandishing a katana sword.
    • Posed photos with a katana
    • Walking option (no additional fee required)
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Maiko or Geisha(Geiko)

  • Geisha makeover

    free
    You can choose the Geisha makeover on all plans. Maiko style is young and cute. Geisha(Geiko) style is adult cool japanese style.

    Maiko and Geisha makeover

Additional Services

  • CD-R

    2,160 yen (incl. tax)
    All your photographs stored on CD-R.

  • Postcards

    1,080 yen (incl. tax)for 3 cards
    You can have the postcards made from your favorite photo.

  • Additional portrait

    From 540 yen (incl. tax)~
    L size (8.9 cm x 12.7cm) / 2L size (12.7cm x 17.8cm) / A4 size (21.0cm x 29.7cm)

Additional Plan Options

  • Additional studio shots

    1,080 yen (incl. tax)per shot
    Additional photography at Japanese traditional 100-year-old machiya townhouse.

  • Additional courtyard shots

    1,620 yen (incl. tax)per shot
    Additional photography in courtyard of Japanese traditional 100-year-old machiya townhouse

  • Free walking time

    1,620 yen (incl. tax)per 30 minutes / 1 person
    30-minute walk in the legendary Gion quarter
    2,700 yen (incl. tax)per 60 minutes/ 1 person
    60-minute walk in the legendary Gion quarter

  • Men's Kimono Service

    5,400 yen (incl. tax)per shot
    We have men's kimono for you to wear(not includinge photo shoot)

We can accept credit card
VISA・MASTER・JCB・DINERS・AMEX・DC

Choose the kimono
for your makeover. Maiko and Geisha makeover experience place AYA

Please check our kimono catalogue.
You can choose your kimono for your maiko transformation when you visit.

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Maiko and Geisha makeover experience kimono

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Location full of the romance
spirit of traditional Japan. Maiko and Geisha makeover experience place AYA

You can stroll around as a Maiko in the environs of our studio in the heart of Kyoto's legendary Gion district.

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Why AYA Maiko and Geisha makeover experience place AYA

Point1.

AYA’s exceptional makeup skills have received the professional stamp of approval from the traditional manufacturers of maiko cosmetics. All aspects of your makeup are individually tailored to you. And we only select kimonos made from 100% Kyoto silk.

Point2.

Our professional photographer from Higashiyama in Kyoto will ensure you look your most beautiful as a maiko. He prides himself on being the best in the business in Japan, and will capture a permanent photographic record of you that will surely exceed your expectations.

Point3.

The AYA studio was an authentic teahouse during the Taisho Period, a Kyo-machiya establishment where Maiko would perform. As soon as you step outside, you are enveloped in the quintessential Kyoto townscape.

Point4.

The AYA studio was also a performance venue for real maiko during the Taisho Period. The vintage items arranged in the alcoves and on shelves, such as kakejiku scrolls, containers, and a Japanese-style clock, will help to bring out the maiko spirit in our guests.

Point5.

Enjoy the building’s tsuboniwa, or interior garden, which evokes the traditional Kyoto machiya spirit with its restrained elegance. Natural sunlight will illuminate you during the day, while mood lighting will lend a fairytale quality to shots of you taken at night. And the varied characteristics of the four seasons will lend their own special charm to your appearance as a maiko.

Point6.

AYA is located in the middle of an area of Kyoto replete with famous tourist spots, such as Yasaka Shrine and Kodaiji Temple. We strongly suggest you choose the option of a stroll in maiko costume in this prime location. Exterior photography can begin as soon as you step outside.

Point7.

Your maiko photography package will be ready for you to pick up on the day of shooting. You also have the option of purchasing all data files on a CD-R. We will provide natural skin cleansers and cosmetics that are kind to your skin. There is no need for you to bring anything for the Maiko transformation process.
※Please bring supplies of your own everyday makeup for reapplication after your Maiko Experience.

Point8.

Our staff study basic English so as to best meet the needs of our oversees guests. Please feel free to contact us by phone or email with enquiries or requests for a reservation in English. All of us here at AYA await the opportunity to make your Maiko Experience with us a fabulous memory for you!

Access to AYA Maiko and Geisha makeover experience place AYA

499-8,Shimogawara,Higashiyama,Kyoto,Japan
TEL +81-75-532-6666 (Open daily unless announced otherwise)
E-mail:info@kyoto-maiko.com

By Taxi (Recommended) :

About 15 minutes from Kyoto station / 1,200 yen

Please tell your driver, \"Hamasaku ryotei\".
This place is located two streets south of the main south torii shrine gate of Yasaka Shrine. Aya is located on the left side of the Hamasaku ryotei, about 10 m up the sloping street.

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From Kawaramachi / Gion-Shijo station

・Leave the station from "No.1" Kiyamachi Minami Eexit
・20-minute walk to the Yasaka-jinja Shrine area
・Turn to the south (the right) at Yasaka-jinja Shrine
・Turn to the left at the first intersection
・Turn to the right at the next intersection
・Go straight make on and make an immediate turn to the left at \"Hamasaku ryotei\" corner

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Maiko and Geisha makeover experience place AYA

From Higashiyama Subway Sstation

・Leave the station from "No.2" Eexit
・20-minute walk to the Yasaka-jinja Shrine area
・Pass Yasaka-jinja Shrine and turn left at the first intersection
・Turn right at the next intersection
・Go straight on and make an immediate turn to the left at \"Hamasaku ryotei\" corner

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From bus stops in the Gion quarter

B.In front of Gion Hall
 #31・#46・#100・#202・#206

C.In front of Gion Hotel
 #201・#203

D.In front of Gion Hotel
 #12・#31・#46・#80・#201・#203・#207

E.In front of Yasaka-jinja Shrine
 #100・#202・#206・#207

・Pass Yasaka-jinja Shrine and turn left at the first intersection
・Turn right at the next intersection
・Go straight on and make an immediate turn to the left at \"Hamasaku ryotei\" corner

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