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Maiko Performances at Somaro

Yamagata Prefecture

See the practiced perfection and elegance of the maiko of Somaro Maiko Teahouse in the heart of Sakata City.

These trainee geisha perform two daily performances at noon and 2:00pm to live singing and shamisen by one of the head geisha instructors of the Somaro. 

You may see our full article on Somaro Maiko Teahouse here.  

This Edo era facility was once had over 150 maiko who entertained high level merchants and government officials who visited the Shonai Region. These performances are the result of decades of effort by the city and people of Sakata to restore a central part of their cultural identity. 

We recommend these performances as a must see attraction to those coming up to this part of Yamagata Prefecture. 

Experience a Maiko Performance

What's Included

Watch trainee Geisha Maiko perform.
Be able to explore the Somaro Maiko Teahouse Museum
Have a private lunch performance (if you reserve the 12pm performance in advance)


2:00pm Daily Performance ¥2500 (accompanying children under 5 years old: no fee, excluding arrangement fees) 
12:00pm Bento Lunch and Performance (Choose one):

  • Multi-course Kaiseki Bento ¥8000
  • Chirashi Sushi Bento ¥9000
  • Unagi Eel Bento ¥10000
  • Children’s Bento (only available for children kindergarten age or younger) ¥2500
We can handle individual bookings with an additional arrangement fee of ¥1500 per person (children included).

Experience Availability

All-year round (Closed on Wednesdays)
Lunch bento cannot be ordered on Sundays.

Average Duration

30 minutes-1 hour

Sample itinerary:
2:00 PM View a video about Somaro
2:10 PM See the Maiko geisha dance performances
2:25 PM Opportunity to take photos with Maiko
2:30~ Self-guided tour around the historical building

Meeting Location

Somaro Maiko Teahouse

Important notes

Experience availability may vary. Reserve to confirm availability.
Reservations should be made at least 3 business days in advance. 

The Performances of Somaro

The performances of Somaro are split into two categories. 

2pm Daily Dance Performance

These daily performances are open to the public at 2:00pm each day.  
These performances accept advance reservation but are also open to visitors if there are extra seats available. 
The admission fee for this performance is ¥2500 per person plus our arrangement fee of ¥1500 per person.  The admission fee also includes the entrance fee to the many tea rooms and exhibition rooms in Somaro. 

12pm Bento Lunch and Performance

Another chance to see the performances of the maiko is at 12:00pm.  These are performances in groups less than 20 people that include a bento lunch prior to the performances.  Please note that these require reservations at least 3 business days in advance. 

The price of this lunch varies based on your bento lunch choice, plus our arrangement fee of ¥1500 per person. Due to limitations in Somaro’s ability to prepare multiple types of bento, please choose one type of bento for your entire group.

  • Multi-course Kaiseki Bento ¥8000
  • Chirashi Sushi Bento ¥9000
  • Unagi Eel Bento ¥10000
  • Children’s Bento (only available for children kindergarten age or younger) ¥2500

Reserve a Maiko Performance

We handle individual bookings with an arrangement fee of ¥1500 per person and a transaction fee of ¥500 per transaction. Please note this form does not confirm the availability of a tour straightaway. 

Cancelation policy

Our general cancelation policy for our experiences is below. Cancelation fees may vary according to exceptional circumstances.

3 business days before date of experience


2 business days before date of experience

30% of total price

1 business day before date of experience

50% of total price

Same day

100% of total price