English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 39 reviews)
“The dinner is an absolute must do. It's fantastic.”
We loved every minute of the evening. It's not a cheap evening but it's so worth it. The experience is wonderful. You won't go wrong booking this evening out when you are in Kyoto.
Visited May 2017
“Maiko Geiko Show and Dinner”
TripAdvisor should provide a space for a review of the show under THINGS TO DO. Lacking that, here you go. The best way to start this review is to say it was the highlight of our trip to Japan. We hesitated due to the cost, but are so glad we did. In the end, this was one of the best events of my l...ife. The Maiko and Geiko truly live up to and exceed expectations. Reading about their entertainment ability does not do justice to their actual ability. Our evening included two Geiko and one Maiko. One of the Geiko spoke English and she visited our table for a long period of time. Despite being only 20 years old, she was engaging beyond explanation and made a personal connection with all at our table (two middle age parents, a 21 year old girl and an older man from France.) My daughter called them unicorns, as we saw three dashing about the streets of Gion and they were gone in a flash. In this evening, however, they made each person feel like the center of the world. Besides visiting our table and spending lots of time with us, we took plenty of photos, they posed and were always pleasant. I know this may sound odd, but they also played a couple of cute drinking games, sang some songs and danced. It was truly a magical experience. They knew how to make a connection with each person and make them feel like the center of the world. I encourage you to make an appointment. Considering the cost of a private show, I considered this a bargain. Besides a great evening, the food was a wide mix of amazing seafood. It was basically a sampler platter of authentic gourmet Japanese food. This shows and dinner comes with my highest recommendation.
Visited May 2017
“A very fine ryokan and excellent cuisine”
Gion Hatanaka is a fine ryokan, in every sense of the word. I was blown away by it charm, the lush woody interiors, serenity, food, and it also felt like a very private hideout. It is one of the very few ryokans offering geisha entertainment but unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to catc...h a performance during the time of my visit. We were told that there will not be performances for a month or so, for reasons not known. It's a pity because I think that would be the highlight or unique feature of Gion Hatanaka. In any case, my three day stay was not disappointing at all. Every breakfast and dinner meal is different, pretty, and delectable. To some, the meal might be tad bland but I really enjoyed the delicate taste of every dish. In addition to the bathtubs in each room, there is also a traditional communal bath at the basement. For those planning to book a room at Gion Hatanaka, I'd say try the communal bath and onsen for the experience, although the idea may be daunting to some.
Visited December 2016
“Nice show, underwhelming food”
Came here as a 'priority' for my Kyoto trip. Firstly, unfortunately the first evening I wanted to go they were unable to put a show on, but Mika was incredibly helpful (and apologetic) and we managed to squeeze me into another show during my stay. Upon arrival, the venue was pleasant, and the staff... helpful. The room was split into multiple tables around the edges, each ith 4 ppl on, so solo travellers should be aware they will be sharing a table (for better or worse). The food presented was eminently average, and certainly one of the more plain meals I had in Japan. Unimpressive, for the most part, in that sense, although the service was good, and, as always, the food was neatly presented (the first few courses in a pseudo-Bento box, for example). On the upside, it was all-you-can drink, and the Sake wasn't bad! In terms of the show, though, that was a lot fo fun. the two Maiko (junior Geiko/Geisha) showed some traditional dancing, which was very elegant, accompanied by an older lady playing a stringed instrument (I think, but wouldn't swear to it, that she might have been a former Geiko). The show then moved onto audience participation, which was a lot fo fun, and really energised the place. Firstly a drinking game (I believe the Maiko's only lost one of about 15 games), and then a slightly bonkers large-scale version of rock-paper-scissors. This was followed by an opportunity to ask them questions, and have photos taken with them/of them. So event really made up for a lacklustre dinner, but in reality, you weren't going for the dinner anyway. There are several excellent restaurants, but only one (as far as I know) opportunity to get some insight into Maiko culture, and that made it worth the visit. More, as ever, courteous farewells, and the event, whilst not cheap, was probably worth going to. I debated giving this three stars, but in the end, in Kyoto it feels particularly a 'must see' simply from a cultural perspective, even if it is only a very brief insight and basic show.
Visited November 2015
“Giyon Hatanaka Maiko Dinner Show”
We LOVED the Maiko dinner show! It was an extraordinary experience and a highlight of our Kyoto trip. The dinner was delicious and show super entertaining
Visited September 2015