Maiko Performances at Somaro

See the practiced perfection and elegance of the maiko of Somaro Maiko Teahouse in the heart of Sakata City.  These trainee geisha perform two daily performances at noon and 2:00pm to live singing and  shamisen by one of the head geisha instructors of the Somaro. 

You may see our full article on Somaro Maiko Teahouse here.  

This Edo Era facility was once had over 150 maiko who entertained high level merchants and government officials who visited the Shonai Region. These performances are the the result of decades of effort by the city and people of Sakata to restore a central part of their cultural identity. 

We recommend these performances as a must see attraction to those coming up to this part of Yamagata Prefecture. 

Quick Info:


Year Round (Closed on Wednesdays)

Activity Length

About 30 minutes


2:00pm Performance

12:00 noon Bento Lunch and Performance

from 1,800 yen/person 

See Below

The performances of Somaro are split into two categories. 

Daily Dance Performance

The first is the daily performance which is open to the public at 2:00pm each day.  

These performances accept advance reservation but are also open to visitors if there are extra seats available. 

The admission fee for this performance is from 1,800 yen per person.  

This price also includes the entrance fee to the many tea rooms and exhibition rooms in Somaro. 


Private Bento Lunch Performance

The other chance to see the performances of the maiko is at 12:00pm.  These are private performances that include a bento lunch prior to the performances.  Please note that these require reservations at least 3 business days in advance. 

The price of this lunch varies based on your bento lunch choice. 

-Kaiseki Bento from 5,500 yen (4,700 for students)

-Chirashi Bento from 4,200 yen (4,200 for students)

-Unagi Bento from 8,000 yen (7,200 for students)

-Children's Bento (only kids in kindergarten and younger) from 2,000 yen 

These prices include entrance fees, lunch fees, and the performance fees. 

Also please choose one type of bento for your entire group.  (due to limitations in Somaro's ability to prepare multiple type of bento)

Reservations and Important Notes

-Reservations will be confirmed once we check with Somaro regarding availability.

-We will send you a confirmation message upon confirming availability.

-Payment will be made at the venue. 

-Please notify us at least 3 days before if you must cancel or modify your reservation. 

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