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Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater

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Address: 570-2 Giommachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-541-3391
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Gion Koubu Kaburenjo (where Miyako Odori is performed) will be...

The Gion Koubu Kaburenjo (where Miyako Odori is performed) will be temporary closed due to the initiation of long-term building maintenance (earthquake protection measures).

Thus, the performance that will be held next spring is named “Miyako Odori in Shunjuza” as the performance will be held at the Kyoto Art Theater “Shunjuza”.

The Kyoto Art Theater “Shunjuza” is managed by the Kyoto University of Art & Design and located at Kitashirakawa in the Sakyo ward of Kyoto city.

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Authentic Japanese odori

We went to the April odori. Out if the 500 or so there the best majority were Japanese. The tea ceremony beforehand is probably worthwhile though only the chosen guest is the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went to the April odori. Out if the 500 or so there the best majority were Japanese. The tea ceremony beforehand is probably worthwhile though only the chosen guest is the subject of the whole ceremony. The rest of us were shuttled in and out fairly quickly. The show itself was excellent, the first have being theatre as we... More 

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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Not really having been exposed much to Japanese culture I wanted to seen some typical dancers For the price not bad, a bit touristy but the dancers and actors are very good. You get small bits of different kinds of different dances.

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Reviewed 21 September 2016

I wanted to see a show during my stay in Kyoto and read that the Miyako Odori performance was showing throughout April of 2016. The tea ceremony was nice and the treat was delicious. Getting to keep the plate was a nice touch. I suggest to request sitting on the tatami mat as you will get to sit on the... More 

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Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

I was in Kyoto for the cherry blossom season, and i thought itd be nice to see a geisha show. I got the cheapest seat and i regret it cause it was at the far back. Although i could make out the show, it wouldve better to see it close up. It does go long for a bit but its... More 

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Reviewed 3 July 2016

This theatre, although not that large, hosts evenings of Japanese performing arts with traditional music and artists in Japanese dress. Although primarily aimed at tourists and visitors, it gives a good insight into local history

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Reviewed 17 June 2016

Show was incredible. It was very entertaining. The Geisha's performed their beautiful skills of dance and song. The Geisha's were incredibly graceful. We also participated in a tea ceremony after the performance. The tea ceremony was delightful. I am so glad we went. The main show was about an hour long and it was truly amazing. It was wonderful to... More 

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Reviewed 15 June 2016

Of course Geishas are such a part of Japanese culture but it's very difficult to be able to enjoy them as they usually only take part in small private gatherings. Miyako Odori is an annual festival where the geishas perform and show off their beautiful skills of dance and song. We decided to buy the top tier ticket so that... More 

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Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

I wanted to see the Miyako Odori performed since I read and watched memoirs of a geisha, and I was not disappointed. I booked the premium tickets that include tea ceremony with a maiko and geiko (although they did not serve us). The tea ceremony felt a bit rushed but they had many to get through and you got to... More 

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Reviewed 9 May 2016

This show was recommended and booked for us by Mume hotel. It was an excellent recommendation ! The show immerses you in the spirit of Japan in a nice and confortable theater. Don't hesitate to book secial class ticket with green tea ceremony !

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Reviewed 5 May 2016

We ordered tickets online about a month or so before our scheduled performance, and we paid extra for the tea ceremony so that we could have better seats, but we were still placed on the balcony, which was very disappointing! As others have mentioned, the tea ceremony is not that interesting, but we're still glad we did the "full experience".... More 

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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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