Lunch with a Geisha

July 19th, 2009 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Culture Art, Onsens (Hot Springs)
Geisha performing at Kamesei Ryokan

Geisha performing at Kamesei Ryokan

Ever wanted to have lunch while being entertained by geisha?  Well, now you can, along with everything explained to you in English at Kamesei Ryokan in Kamiyamada Onsen.

Here’s the deal:  My friend Tyler, Kamesei’s American proprietor, will get you a complete Kaiseki (Japanese Haute Cuisine) multi-course meal, feturing local, seasonal ingredients.  The geisha entertainments starts with traditional dance to songs such as “Chikuma Ko-Uta”, a collection of romantic verses about the river flowing past Kamiyamada Onsen.  The geisha then make their way around the room, offering amusing conversation to all the guests.  This is often followed by the geisha engaging the guests in parlor games accompanies by shamisen.

Before and/or after lunch, guests can enjoy a relaxing “onsen” bath in Kamesei’s indoor bath or in their outdoor “rotenburo” bath.  The waters of Kamiyamada Onsen are 100% natural with a distinct sulfur smell.

So how much is it?  The price is not bad at all: ¥6,200 for adults and ¥3,100 for children.  Guests should arrive after 11:00 am.  Lunch starts at 12:00 and finishes at 2:30 pm with the geisha entertaining for an hour in between.

For more information or reservations, contact Kamesei Ryokan at (026) 275-1032 or (080) 2008-4815 (for English).  Or you can email them at


About Robert

Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting Go! Nagano! I have been living in Nagano since 1999 and am now raising a family here. It is truly a great place to be! I am originally from Farmington, Connecticut in the United States of America. I went to college at New York University, majoring in Drama with a primary focus in production and promotion. I minored in music theory. I lived and worked in New York City for a while, but after a few years, I decided I had to get out, and I high-tailed it right out of the country. I literally went to the other side of the world, spending a year in a neighboring prefecture before finally settling down in Nagano. What I found so appealing about Nagano was the relaxed lifestyle and the abundance of natural beauty all around. As an avid hiker, I am always looking for new places to climb up and enjoy the view. And with four children, I am always looking for outdoor activities to do with the kids. In this blog, my hope is to inform future visitors about all the outdoor activites you can take part in around here, from hiking to family friendly activities or anything else going on. I hope you'll come and visit soon!

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