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Ichiriki Teahouse

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Ichiriki teahouse is a high-end & very exclusive teahouse known across Japan, where Geisha entertain clients. We were able to see through the curtain into a small garden, but the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 April 2013
Oxford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

I'm astounded by all the positive reviews. There is really nothing to see here. There are a bunch of privacy screens (you can't see inside), the outside is unimpressive, and there's no way to go inside. If you want to see geisha, go elsewhere. I saw a few while I was just walking down the street in Pontocho, but I... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

Located on the corner of Shijo dori and Hanamikoji dori. Walking tours of Gion will tell you as much as they can about this place. It is the most exclusive teahouse in Kyoto with membership near impossible to join. The temptation is to peep in but you will won't see a thing. There are some great walking tours which leave... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2013

The only reason I was able to get in was because of a connection at the Kyoto Tourist office who furnished me with a Patron--only way to get in. I have to admit, much of it was lost on me since I was not prepared to read all the various cultural clues and understand the niceties of what was going... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2013

Ichiriki teahouse is a high-end & very exclusive teahouse known across Japan, where Geisha entertain clients. We were able to see through the curtain into a small garden, but the teahouse is otherwise very private. Supposed to be a good place to watch for Geisha, although we did not see any when we visited during a busy afternoon. If you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2007

The Ichiriki Teahouse is a exclusive place where Geisha and Maiko entertain thier clients. There is a elder man guarding the entrance to make sure that only people who belong there get in. I was able to take a peek thru the Noren (curtain) in the doorway and saw a small garden and walkway. Around sundown it is a great... More 

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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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