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Good Old Days of Atami – Geisha Style Performance

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Tour code : 005001A

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This tour offers a rare opportunity to see the training and practice involved in putting together a show in the traditional style of the geigi-shu. Feel the atmosphere of the charming hot springs resort town of Atami, so beloved by generations of literary scholars. The good old days of Atami are still here today in its splendid villas and gardens.

Trip HighLights

  • Introduction to charming hot springs town.
  • Up close view of traditional dance practice beloved by the local community.
  • Architecture and charming gardens of an old ryokan building now open to public.
  • Tour led by local guide. Feel free to ask questions!
  • English speaking tour guide

Quick Itinerary


9:00  Atami Station   Meet Guide at Atami Station

   Kinomiya Jinja - Shrine with a Two Thousand Year Old Sacred Tree  The smell of the ancient camphor tree fills the air here.

   Dance Performance at Atami Geigi Kenban Kaburenjo  Watch a practice session of the Atami Geigi-shu in a local theater.
This theater is a key part of the community here in Atami.

  Gardens and former ryokan buildings at Kiunkaku  A fine example of a stately Japanese villa with influences from architectural styles found overseas. This is how the very wealthy lived during the early 20th Century.

  Test the hot spring waters at a footbath.
( Optional )

Please note: it costs 100 yen per person to rent a towel for use after the footbath.

13:30 Atami Station Tour Ends at JR Atami Station.
Your guide can give you great tips on where to enjoy a local specialty lunch.

 

Please see My Page after completing booking for a more detailed itinerary.

Access Information

Tour Start Point JR Atami Station
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How to get to the Tour Start Point From Tokyo:
About an hour and forty minutes on the Kodama Shinkansen Bullet Train.
Time Required Four Hours and Thirty Minutes (9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
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Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.

For customers joining tours during the winter period
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Itinerary Changes
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.

Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

Dance Performance at Atami Geigi Kenban Kaburenjo

Dance Performance at Atami Geigi Kenban Kaburenjo

The Geigi Kenban Kaburenjo is where Atami’s own Geigi-shu, a group of traditional entertainers, hone their craft and put on a public performance every Saturday and Sunday. Their public performance is the real deal. A dance called Hana no Mai. It means the Dance of the Flowers. Geigi and geisha are related words and there may be some similarities between this dance in Atami and the famous geisha who entertain guests in the traditional way in Kyoto.

The dance is a charming one and moves to the accompaniment of three-stringed Japanese shamisens. The Geigi dance from long ago and the old fashioned vibe of Atami and its hot spring resort town atmosphere will take you back in time.

Kinomiya Jinja - Shrine with a Two Thousand Year Old Sacred Tree

Kinomiya Jinja - Shrine with a Two Thousand Year Old Sacred Tree

This Shinto Shrine is a key location in the history of Atami. The giant camphor tree is over two thousand years old and is considered sacred. It is a Natural Monument protected by the Japanese government.

Worshippers at the shrine like to walk around the circumference of the Holy Tree. It is said that every time you walk around the trunk of the tree, you add one more year to your life!

Gardens and former ryokan buildings at Kiunkaku

Gardens and former ryokan buildings at Kiunkaku

A splendid and stately mansion built one hundred years ago, Kiun-kaku is one of the Three Great Villas of Atami. The beautiful Japanese-style house looks out on lush, green gardens. One would never think that the villa is an urban area. The house is a kind of fusion of Japanese, Chinese and European architectural styles and was beloved by many Japanese literary figures through the years.

Mr. Tone of the Atami Geigi Kenban Theater

Mr. Tone of the Atami Geigi Kenban Theater

I started here at the Kenban Theater in 2018 having completed my time working in an Atami ryokan inn.

Atami is a fantastic place for visitors because of its wealth of hot springs and flowers which they can enjoy throughout the seasons.

Every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am, we have a public performance of the Hana no Mai dance. Hana no Mai means Flower Dance. The show lasts for about half an hour and is a magnificent affair. The troupe dances in full costume. The costumes and the stage decorations change every month to match the theme of the season.

By all means, please come along at least once to see this great Atami show for yourself.


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