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Geiko! An Experience in Elegance and Tradition

  • Extravagant traditional Japanese food and sake.
  • Elegant dance performance by a geiko.
  • Traditional drinking games with a geiko.
  • Fun, casual conversation with a geiko.
HostTanigawa
ActivityGeiko Experience and Meal
DaysEveryday
Time5:00pm
DurationAbout 3 Hours
Participants2~3
IncludedGuide, Geiko Performance, Food, Taxi
MeetYour Hotel (Within Osaka City)
EndDotonbori
LanguagesEnglish
ItineraryYour HotelーMeet—Taxi—Tanigawa or Hotel Ichiei—Dotondori
Operating
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UNIEARTH CORP Address: 2-chome-1-4 Nakazaki, Kita-ku, Osaka
Travel Registry Number: Osaka Prefectural Government Registered Regional
Travel Agent ー no. 2993

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Geiko Experience & Meal: Tea House

685.30USD
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Meet: Your Hotel (Within Osaka City)
Venue: Ochaya Tanigawa
Time: 5:00pm
Included: Guide, Geiko Performance, Food, Taxi

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Geiko Experience & Meal: Hotel

685.30USD
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Meet: Your Hotel (Within Osaka City)
Venue: Hotel Ichiei
Time: 5:00pm
Included: Guide, Geiko Performance, Food, Taxi

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The Experience

Geiko entertainment!

Tanigawa is the only place in Osaka where you can enjoy an authentic geiko experience in the proper tradition. Geiko, or geisha as they are called in Tokyo, specialize in hospitality. Let’s enjoy a beautiful night of elegance in Japanese tradition.

Geiko are professional entertainers, having undergone rigorous training in the pursuit of traditional Japanese performing arts. Starting off as maiko, they hone their skills in dance, tea ceremony, and the like until they are qualified to become geiko or geisha. There is a common misconception overseas that geisha serve as courtesans, but that isn’t the case. They are strictly entertainers and to provide the proper level of service to their customers, they devote themselves to the craft.
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▼Tanigawa, located in the back alleys near Nippombashi. Your guide will bring you here from your hotel, so there’s no need to worry about getting lost.
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Traditional Japanese food and geiko hospitality.

Enjoy fresh seafood and vegetable dishes along with sake as you engage in conversation with the geiko!

▼The course items change with the seasons.
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▼The geikos quietly enter.
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▼They bow before serving nice, cold beers.
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▼They’ll give you stickers with their names on them.
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▼And sit by your side, so you can talk during your meal.
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Dance from a geiko.

The geiko will perform an elegant dance to the backdrop of traditional Japanese music. With a gold partition in the background, she moves gracefully in sync to the sounds of a shamisen. Lose yourself in this moment of luxury.

▼Feel free to take lots of pictures!
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▼One of the geiko dances as the other plays the shamisen, a traditional Japanese string instrument.
▼The way she uses the fans, they’re like fluttering butterflies.

Ozashiki asobi with a geiko!

After the performance is time for ozashiki asobi, a set of games that typically involve drinking. First game, the players take turns touching or picking up the object on the table. This is done to the rhythm of a song, konpira fune fune, played by the other geiko. The first person to make a mistake loses.

▼It sounds like an easy game, but it’s actually quite difficult. The tempo progressively gets faster.
▼The loser then has to drink.

Don’t be the one to spill!

In this next game, players take turns pouring sake into a cup. The one to cause it to overflow loses and has to drink it all. The sake is more difficult to pour than it seems, so controlling the amount takes a bit of getting used to. It’s a simple game, but very fun.

▼Even when it looked like it was about to overflow, it didn’t. The game continued for longer than expected.
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▼The geiko may tickle you during your turn, so don’t forget that they’re there.

Tora Tora? Rock, paper, scissors!

Lastly, tora tora is a kind of rock, paper, scissors game. Each player stands on opposite sides of the partition and using their entire body assumes the form of an old lady (rock), tiger (paper), or samurai (scissors).
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▼A friendly handshake across the partition before the game starts.
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▼Two tigers. This time’s a draw.
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▼Samurai (geiko) vs tiger (guest), victory goes to the geiko.
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Memories with a geiko!

The 3 hours we spent at Tanigawa were very enjoyable. The conversations were fun, the geikos were not only good speakers, but great listeners. The dance was exquisitely choreographed, and timed perfectly in unison to the shamisen. The ozashiki asobi showed a more fun, playful side of the geiko. The hospitality they provide perfectly captures the essence of traditional Japanese culture. It’s definitely something worth experiencing!
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Another venue, Hotel Ichiei!

With more than 70 years of history in Namba, Hotel Ichiei is a perfect venue for an experience in Japanese tradition. With Japanese style rooms complete with tatami flooring, you can choose this place as an alternative. The food is also different from what’s provided at Ochaya Tanigawa.

▼Japanese cuisine that changes with the seasons. Depending on the time of year, the food may differ from the picture.
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▼Enjoy the experience in a spacious Japanese style room. Your actual room may be different than the picture.
Geiko! An Experience in Elegance and Tradition Geiko! An Experience in Elegance and Tradition

Important Notes

✴The venue and food are different for the ochaya course and hotel course.
✴The price displayed is a group price.
✴2-3 participants. Price is the same.
✴The guide will take you from your hotel to the venue by taxi.
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