Kyoto – accessible tour and geiko experience

  • Kyoto – accessible tour and geiko experience

  • Maike

    Member
    February 17, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Hi @accessiblejapan, it’s me again. Planning for 3 days Kyoto as part of our Japan trip in May. My friend is going a month earlier and told me about booking a “geiko experience”, which includes full geiko makeup, being dressed in a kimono and then have a mini photoshoot. Do you know of such a place that would be accessible and where people would be happy to help with such experience as far as possible? I am using an electric wheelchair but will bring my portable ramps along to manage single steps. Not able to stand, so not expecting to be able to fully dress in a kimono, but maybe just the top part for a nice photo 🙂

    Also, I have booked the wheelchair accessible tour for Tokyo with Viator. Is there a similar tour for Kyoto?

    Thanks, Maike

  • Accessible Japan

    Moderator
    February 17, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Hello,

    If you tell me the place your friend is going I can try to contact them.  Alternatively, I know a place that rents accessible kimonos for wheelchair users.  No makeup, but a kimono you can wear delivered to your hotel.

    I knew a guy in Kyoto giving tours, but he changed jobs.  But @Takeshi may be able to help.

  • Maike

    Member
    February 17, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks @accessiblejapan, I will check with my friend and let you know.

    For the accessible kimonos, do you rent them for a day or how does it work? Will they help you to get into it or easy to do yourself?

    I will try to get in touch with @takeshi as well.

  • Accessible Japan

    Moderator
    February 17, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    The kimonos are done by a lady I know. She sends it to your hotel by courier and you send it back when done. I think it is a few days. Should I contact her to ask?

  • Maike

    Member
    February 17, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    That would be great, thanks.

  • Maike

    Member
    February 17, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    @accessiblejapan, I somehow cannot reply to your direct message, but yes I am in Singapore. I have been for 9 yrs and before that 4 yrs in Hong Kong. You can drop me an email at [email protected]

  • Maike

    Member
    February 17, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    The contact for the geiko experience is this company: http://kyoto-maiko.com/english

  • Accessible Japan

    Moderator
    February 18, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Hi again,

    Sorry, called the maiko place but they had already closed.  Will try again in the morning.

    Here is the link for the accessible kimonos: http://www.asusakura.jp/kimonos/english

     

  • Maike

    Member
    February 18, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks for the link, I will check it out.

    In the meantime, I have booked the Hibari Hostel for our stay and they have recommended this tour guide for Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and other areas: http://www.kaigotaxi-pine.com/sub3.html

  • Accessible Japan

    Moderator
    February 18, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks for the great info – he looks perfect!  Adding him to my list 🙂

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