Geisha Studio

Rated 4.50 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

¥99,000per session

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Cancellation Policy

100% refunded if you cancel 1 month before the workshop date. No refund past that date.

Adventure Type


Max Size

4 people


3 Hours






Hotel Pickup
Lighting Equipment
Professional photography instructor
Shoot Location Rental
Time with geisha


Hotel drop-off

Recommended Gear

Camera with 24-70mm lens (or a 50mm or 85mm prime lens) or equivelant
No Tripod Needed




What’s the Story?

You find yourself in a Japanese tea house with an adjoining garden. The serenity gradually gives way to excitement as the moment draws near when a lovely Maiko, an apprentice Geisha, will arrive. Gracing us with her beauty, we spring into action as pro photographers in our very own studio—capture the elegance and charm of a Maiko.

What We’ll Shoot

You will learn how to set up lighting and work with natural light in a traditional environment that presents various challenges as well as benefits for a photoshoot. You will also be coached on posing your subject, a lovely Maiko, in order to convey emotion and express a narrative beyond mere portraiture.

Where We’ll Explore

We meet at the side entrance of the Kyoto National Museum where we will be able to use their traditional tea house called ‘Tan-an.’ The house is surrounded by a pristine Japanese style garden, transporting us to another time in history. The setting serves as an ideal photo studio, suiting our model and inspiring our eye.

EYExplore Kyoto Photo Tour & Workshop - Photographing a geisha in Kyoto during our Behind the Mask photography workshop
Photographing a geisha in Kyoto during our Geisha Studio photography workshop

How Does it Work?

  • 13:00 Pickup at your hotel
  • 13:15 – 14:00 Prepare the shooting location and get prepared for the shoot
  • 14:00 – 14:30 Meet the geisha and get to know her with casual chat
  • 14:30 – 16:00 Photoshoot with the geisha
  • 16:15 Finish

Meet the Trainers for this Photo Adventure

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Meeting a geisha one-on-one was a surreal experience. Having Axel as our guide/translator and photographic guru was awesome. The time we spent with Hinayu discussing her life and photographing her was a once in a lifetime experience. We try to do a photo tour whenever we visit a new city, and highly recommend this workshop if you have an afternoon to spare in Kyoto.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5


    My review is divided. It was an amazing experience to meet a Maiko, to spend time talking to her and getting to know her, and to be able to photograph her. However, I was disappointed that, although the workshop advertises the use of studio lighting, these were not used or available. The only light available was a small LED light which created many shadows on the subject. I do have to thank the organizers for purchasing a red umbrella which we used for some wonderful photos.

    EYExplore Reply:
    Thank you very much for your honest and direct review. We greatly appreciate such feedback as it helps us improve our service. We also take any dissatisfaction very seriously and will strive to improve this aspect of our workshop. In this case, we (the management, Lukasz & Axel) feel that we let down both yourself and the instructor who was leading the workshop on that day. Perhaps due to overconfidence in the instructor’s skill, it seems we did not provide the instructor with enough training on how to use the gear/lighting at hand to ensure fantastic results. Though we do not provide large studio lights, the provided LEDs, reflectors, and diffusers can achieve a beautiful result. However, the instructor simply did not utilize the provided equipment or the available natural light to their fullest extent. To remedy this, we are now in the process of ensuring that he is fully trained on all aspects of this workshop thanks to your invaluable feedback. We take full responsibility for the shortcomings on this workshop and will be strive to provide a complete photographic experience at all times.

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