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Tokyo: Samurai Entertainment Night

1. Tokyo: Samurai Entertainment Night

After your arrival to the premises, you will be invited to see Kanda Myojin, which is a famous shrine of both the area and Japan. The shrine has a reputation for being prosperous to both business and marriage. Following that, you will be invited to enter the restaurant, which is located on the same site. Following your arrival, enjoy a drink, dinner, or snack (if option chosen) until the show begins. From 8:00PM, you will enjoy a samurai show that can only be seen in Japan. At the show's conclusion, the samurai will come out to the audience, at which point you will be invited to take a picture together free of charge.

Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park Ticket

2. Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park Ticket

Enter the renowned Edo Wonderland in the beautiful city of Nikko to learn about one of the most defining eras of Japan. After entering, feel like you have traveled back into the Edo period as you navigate the town constructed with traditional Edo architecture. Choose to wear a traditional kimono from a selection of various ranks and take the opportunity to become an Edo citizen for the day. Become a lord, samurai, princess, farmer or a different kind of citizen, making for great photo opportunities. Be immersed in the culture and experience the complex beauty of being dressed in kimono.  Enjoy a variety of live performances including the popular ninja performances, oiran cultural shows, water magic shows, and a variety of other traditional plays. Try authentic cultural experiences. Learn the basics of how to handle a samurai sword or traditional archery. Take a lesson on how to play the musical instrument Shamisen, how to apply traditional handmade beni lipstick, how to do ukiyo-e woodblock printing or aizome indigo dying.  Learn unique facets about Edo culture through various exhibits including the Edo firefighters exhibition and swordsmith exhibit. Discover fun unique amusements including a mechanical maze, a ninja house filled with secrets, and the mysterious ninja training house, where the laws of physics seem to not apply. Taste authentic seasonal Edo cuisine at various restaurants in the park. 

Kabuki: Traditional Japanese Classical Drama Tickets

3. Kabuki: Traditional Japanese Classical Drama Tickets

Discover one of Japan's most important traditional art forms, Kabuki. Delight in the unique mix of theater, dance, and music as you expose yourself to an art form recognized by UNESCO as one of Intangible Cultural Heritage. See how Kabuki lives up to its etymological roots during the performance: derived from the verb “to lean,” it means something uncommon, out of the ordinary. Admire a tradition going back 400 years, and choose from different seating categories to find the right experience for you. The plays change every month and are presented in Japanese only, but English synopsis is available. To enter the theater, please take the final voucher and confirmation that the local operator will send to your email after you have made your purchase. Tickets to this show are non-refundable. ★Kabuki class for foreigner ”Discover KABUKI” will be held on July 27th 11:00 & 14:30★ On the day... ・English audio guide is available. ・Commentary "Kabuki no Mikata" is a special version using English ・English subtitle ・Comes with brochure in 6 languages (English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, French)

Tokyo: Geisha Dinner Experience

4. Tokyo: Geisha Dinner Experience

After arriving at at the venue at 6:00PM, you will be greeted by your English-speaking guide and host. Before your food is served, you will be free to mingle with the other guests from around the world and to make new friends. Following this, you will be introduced to Geisha, and as you indulge in your scrumptious meal, your interpreter will introduce you to the culture and history of this fascinating tradition. You will then enjoy traditional dances and songs as performed by the Geisha. Following this, there will be time for a Q&A session, as well as some games. You will be free to ask questions, learning more about the Geisha and having some fun playing a few traditional Japanese games with them. At 7:30PM, you can have fun stirring up some conversations with the Geisha as they pour you your drinks (you will be able to converse with them with the help of your English interpreter). At 8:00PM your dinner will end, and after making some new friends and learning about the Geisha culture, you can take photos and say “Sayoonara” before your evening concludes.

Geisha Encounter: Cultural Experience at Chaya in Tokyo

5. Geisha Encounter: Cultural Experience at Chaya in Tokyo

Arrive at the ochaya where you will be greeted by geisha that are representing a number of okiya (geisha houses) in Tokyo. An ochaya, while literally meaning “tea house,” is not actually a place to go for drinking tea. An ochaya, traditionally, was a place for customer to be entertained by Geisha, with history dating as far back as the Edo Period of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Ochaya are typically very exclusive, invitation-only establishments in a hanamachi (Geisha district). As you are seated, you will be provided with information that will introduce you to the culture and history of Geisha (a tradition and practice of Japanese female entertainers that have been around for centuries). Throughout the 90 minute event, the Geisha will perform traditional dances and songs and will converse and play traditional Japanese games with guests. On some occasions, there may be English-speaking Geisha who may converse with English-speaking guests. The entertainment provided by Geisha is through the form of song, dance, games, conversation, and sometimes even poetry whilst making sure everyone’s glasses are filled. Guests may mingle with others at the ochaya, including locals who often frequent the ochaya to support the Geisha in their community. At the end of the event, guests may gather and take photos with Geisha before leaving.

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What people are saying about Tokyo

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 655 reviews

This is a special insight into the activities that happen only behind closed doors in an Ochaya with customers who pay millions of yen to be entertained by Geishas. We met Nami-san and her English speaking assistant in their studio in Omori area. They proceeded to show us the special dances and games they would use in entertaining guests. Everything - including booklets and the dances - were explained in English for foreigners. If you’re curious about the Geisha art & culture they embody, this visit is a must. This is a dying trade and no more than 1000 Geishas exist in all Japan. The studio is small and so book early. Wear socks as the studio has tatami flooring but perfectly air conditioned for the summer months. Allow yourself a little more time to find the Ochaya. Google map worked perfectly for us.

I really enjoyed the performance. I do not speak Japanese. The ticket agents were very helpful even though my ticket was difficult to locate. Show up 30minutes early in case the same scenario repeats. I will definitely go again.

The ticket bought via get online is cheaper than buy at entrance. Good to buy online advance :) Need to check the shuttle bus/local bus schedule if you don’t drive. Only one or two buses per hour.

Fun evening:)

Enjoyed learning about geisha culture and having dinner the traditional Japanese way.

I liked it a lot. I am going to find more about the story told in the performance.