Geisha Cultural Experience At Chaya In Tokyo

Experience authentic geisha performance with musical instruments and dancing

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 mean “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 are through the form of song, dance, games, conversation, and sometimes even poetry whilst making sure everyone’s glasses are filled. Aside from the highlight, which is the geisha’s performance of a seasonal dance, the geisha performances might also include some of many Japanese fine arts, including the koto (Japanese harp) and shamisen (a three-stringed musical instrument).

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.


2 Working Days
90 minutes
Voucher Type
No Amendments
No Refunds

Operating Hours

Duration: 1.5 hours

Timing: 1pm

What You Get

Geisha Cultural Experience at Chaya in Tokyo


  • Entrance fees
  • One drink and sweets 
  • Live Entertainment
  • Photo Opportunities


  • Transport
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional information:
  • This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants and is not a private session. You will be joined by other guests.
  • Please only make bookings 6 months in advance of tour date. The schedule for events may not be set before 6 months of tour date, and your tour may be rejected or canceled if a booking is made too early in advance.
  • Tour starts at 1pm, please arrive 15 minutes before the event for seating
  • Some events may have English-speaking geisha or translator present. If there are no English-speaking translators at the event, English pamphlets and brochures detailing more information regarding the geisha performances, etiquette for the event, history of geisha, and what to expect will be provided to the guests.
  • Please wear socks to walk on the tatami mats.
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers, except for infants.
  • Minimum drinking age is 20 years.
  • The venue is strictly non-smoking. There are designated areas outside for those who would like to smoke.

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

How to Get There

Omori Chaya

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