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Gion Kaburenjo Theater

Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku | Gion Hanamikoji Shijo-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
+81 75-561-1115
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Tel Aviv
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

If you can visit Japan in spring, do it in April. Except of watching cherry blossom Sakura, you will have the opportunity to see Miyako-odori, which is presented by real Geiko (Geisha) and Maiko (apprentice Geisha) only during April. It is the closest to the real Geisha experience you can get. We saw the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances". All... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I'd read some good things here on TripAdvisor about the tea ceremony included in the higher-priced tickets to Miyako Odori, but I was not impressed. I didn't know what to expect and was eager to get a ticket, because most Japanese tea ceremonies are fairly small groups and take a bit of time. This was NOT one of those tea... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We purchased the unreserved tatami mat seats for the Geisha dance in April. although it was a very interesting experience and quite exciting it can feel a little long and boring as we do not understand Japanese so as a foreigner you might lose interest quite easily. The costumes were beautiful and it was an interesting experience but I am... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The Miyako Odori performance is a beautiful celebration of the cherry blossom season and a chance to see the gaiko (geisha) and maiko (apprentice geisha) display their skills in music and dance. Even if you can't understand Japanese, you can still appreciate the beauty of the music, dancing, and costumes, which are a new design each year. The Miyako Odori... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Buying the cheapest 2,000 yen ticket for the maiko dances at the Kaburenjo Theater (inside Gion Corner) offered me an opportunity to have the best seats in the house which is in the balcony section, where the viewing seats are all traditional compared to the more expensive western style seats in the orchestra and loge sections. I got to experience... More

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

Although the tea ceremony is a rush in, sit, eat, drink, wrap up plate, place in bag, rush out, the visual spectacle presented on the dias is wonderful. Reserved seating is useful if you find sitting on tatami mats difficult. Views from most seats should be fantastic. The hour of song and dance was amazing - the miako have such... More

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

FYI, Geiko is Geisha in Kyoto and maiko is the apprentice of Geiko. Apparently this performance only happens in the month of April which is why I took the chance to see it as I'm never in Japan in April! So, I just went to this performance in the afternoon. It was a real let down. I bought the most... More

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Mildenhall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Overall this is one of the best experiences I have had in Japan. Kyoto is a beautiful city, especially around the Gion district. You would be missing out if you do not see one of the shows at this theater. As others have mentioned, definitely opt for the tea ceremony as well. We took our two children with us (ages... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

My wife and I attended the Miyako Odori in April and it is a fabulous event. It is held throughout April. Recommend the Tea Ceremony which you can get with your ticket. You get to keep the plate as a souvenir. I would go again. This is quite different from the Gion Corner show, which is on a much smaller... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The Kaburenjo Theater is located in Gion Corner, the heart of Gion District in Kyoto. It is a nice place to see a bit of Japanese different arts performed by the Maikos (apprentices of Geishas), the Geikos (how the Geishas are called in Kyoto) and other artists. The shows have a bit of everything and gives you a panorama of... More

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