Enjoy elegant traditional geisha entertainment while relishing a delicious seasonal kaiseki meal for up to 20 guests at one of three venues in Matsuyama City, Ehime, near Dogo Onsen: Sendan Restaurant, Funaya Ryokan, or Dogo Prince Hotel.
Geisha working in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, traditionally have no work venue of their own. Thus, here, you can experience geisha entertainment at a suitably-sized restaurant, ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), or even a hotel with traditional Japanese-style dining facilities. This activity offers you a choice of three different venues (a restaurant, ryokan, or a hotel) at which to enjoy traditional geisha entertainment, together with a delicious and equally elegant kaiseki meal. Enjoy chatting with the English-speaking geisha. Sendan Restaurant The sublime and cozy Sendan is renowned for service elegant kaiseki meals that delight both the eyes and the palate. Major Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) served Sendan dishes for domestic premium class in-flight meals. Relish your delicious kaiseki lunch while enjoying views of the restaurant's beautiful Japanese garden and ozashiki asobi with two geisha in a traditional Japanese-style room. Funaya Ryokan Funaya dates back to the Edo period (1603–1868). Located near Dogo Onsen—Japan's oldest hot spring town, this ryokan is especially delightful in the fall. The inn's garden features glorious maple trees with leaves that change color with the season. Funaya Ryokan opened during the Kanei Era (around 1627) and has hosted many famous guests during the nearly 400 years since. Enjoy ozashiki asobi with two geisha while relishing Funaya's incredibly ornate Japanese-style feast in the historic space. Dogo Prince Hotel Dogo Prince Hotel is recognized throughout Japan for its comfort and style. The hotel is listed in the Michelin Guide Hiroshima/Ehime Special Edition 2018. Here, you can relish a fabulous kaiseki meal while enjoying traditional ozashiki asobi with authentic geisha. There is a free shuttle bus to and from the hotel (departures about every ten minutes). The bus arrives and departs from near Dogo Onsen Station. You don't need to show any identification. Simply hop on the bus. Geisha Entertainment (Ozashiki Asobi) Geisha are highly trained female entertainers who appear at high-end dinners, private parties, and special events. Geisha add a touch of class to an activity, gathering, or special event. Geisha are skilled in Japanese cultural arts, including playing traditional Japanese musical instruments, singing, and traditional Japanese dance. Masters of conversation and hospitality, geisha are highly respected across wider Japanese society. Beyond singing, dancing, or playing an instrument, typical geisha services include entertaining guests through witty banter, wordplay, and a variety of games—a form of entertainment expressed in the term, ozashiki asobi. Kaiseki (Traditional Multi-Course Meal) Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese meal, analogous to Western haute cuisine, consisting of several beautifully plated dishes. While kaiseki meals vary, here are some course standards: - Sakizuke: an appetizer served with sake - Nimono: a simmered dish - Mukozuke: a sashimi dish - Hassun: a seasonal expression - Yakimono: a grilled dish - Gohan/Shokuji: a rice dish