Historical Somaro Maiko Teahouse

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Traditional maiko dance performances in a historical teahouse

The Somaro Maiko Teahouse blends Sakata’s rich history with cultural influence from Kyoto. Somaro dates back over 200 years to the Edo period. It is a vestige of Sakata’s time as a bustling port city, when it operated as a high-end tea restaurant, entertaining merchants and government officials. Somaro’s architecture and design takes direct inspiration from Kyoto, and is one of the few locations outside the old capital where you can watch maiko perform. These apprentice geisha put on an elegant daily display of classical dancing and singing, all to the live, haunting melody of a shamisen. As well as the regular show, private lunch performances are available by reservation, during which you can enjoy freshly-made bento lunches of local delicacies.

The teahouse is also home to a gallery of Hina dolls, several tearooms, and understated Japanese gardens. Throughout the building, striking artwork by famous Japanese artist Takehisa Yumeji is on display, the perfect complement to Somaro’s refined atmosphere and the graceful movements of the maiko.

1-2-20 Hiyoshi-cho, Sakata-shi, Yamagata-ken