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A cheap way to see a geisha performance!

We were so pleased we went here - it was only ¥1,000 to see a Maiko performance. If you have any... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
Krystal B
Beautiful Teahouse with Stunning Maiko

Visited here on my day off to enjoy some traditional dancing and music by the maiko. Somaro is... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2017
Hidden J
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Dating back over 200 years to the Edo Period, Somaro is a maiko teahouse and museum in the northern port city of Sakata. It is one of the very few places outside of Kyoto where geisha culture can be enjoyed. Originally called Soma-ya, Somaro's...more
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1-2-20 Hiyoshicho, Sakata 998-0037, Yamagata Prefecture
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

We were so pleased we went here - it was only ¥1,000 to see a Maiko performance. If you have any interest in geisha culture, I'd highly recommend this place. You can even pose for a photo with them at the end. Very cool.

Thank Krystal B
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Visited here on my day off to enjoy some traditional dancing and music by the maiko. Somaro is also a museum and you can explore the many rooms of the teahouse. It even has art exhibits and galleries. I finished off my visit with a...More

1  Thank Hidden J
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful building restored recently to a very high standard, and at 2 pm the perform a short dance by training geisha or Maiko-the end of the performance you can have your photo taken with the Maiko-San. You would never get this in...More

Thank Davidandalun
Reviewed 6 March 2017

After living for a year and a half in Sakata city, I finally managed to find the time to visit Somaro last Sunday. After spending a few hours there, I can safely say that I wish I visited sooner! One of the distinguishing aspects of...More

1  Thank Corballicious
Derek Y, Public Relations Manager at Somaro, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review!!

Reviewed 5 March 2017

I have been living in Sakata for about 8 months before I came to Somaro. I went with my friends for a private event, which included bento boxed lunches. The employees spoke English well and they were helpful to direct me during my time there....More

Thank Vi P
Derek Y, Public Relations Manager at Somaro, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Thanks again for visiting and for the review Vi!!

Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

It is so fortunate that this exquisite teahouse treasure was chosen to be renovated and preserved. It is a definite must-see experience. As you walk through the different rooms, you can feel the history of the past. The Maiko performance with accompanying shamisen is a...More

1  Thank hbclee
Reviewed 27 December 2016

The Somaro Tea House was stunningly beautiful with a large collection of original paintings and artwork from the exchange between Kyoto and Sakata since the 1600s. We were free to roam the building and walk through the traditional hallways with vivid red walls and intricate...More

Thank Jason Y
Reviewed 17 February 2015

Superb attraction. Really worth it. I took a party of 7 friends here for the lunch show. I pre-booked and cushions and low chairs were arranged for each guest with a stacked box of food. They even prepared crayons and paper for my 1 year...More

1  Thank YoroNikki
Reviewed 23 March 2013

hubby and I caught the Kira Kira Uetsu train from Niigata to Sakata for fun. It's a lovely windy scenic journey. Anyways, Somaro. Hubby suggested to me on a whim to visit 'this geisha place cos we didn't see geishas in Kyoto'. We caught a...More

8  Thank Daschmitz
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