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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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Ranked #111 of 339 attractions in Kyoto
Type: Other
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Perth, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

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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Tokyo, Japan
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48 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
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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Toronto
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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104 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
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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melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Got there late and was told the only few tickets left were the expensive ones (Naturally) I don't know if this was the case but at $39us, each it is not a lot of money. There were very few empty seats at the front but the back ($22) I could not see, the place looked full to me,. The show... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We booked the tea ceremony and the show not really knowing what to expect except for some brief explanation in our tour guide. We arrived early, had a quick look around the gardens (we find all the gardens stunning at all the attractions) and then were 'herded' in for our tea ceremony. I didn't know really what to expect but... More

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Makati, Philippines
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Throughout April each year a large cast of performers tell stories through song & acting. This year Miyako Odori used the theme of folk tales. It's all in Japanese, but you buy a program for ¥600 which has English explanation. Allow an hour for the performance. Worth attending for the"cultural" experience.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

If you're in Kyoto in April you must not miss the Miyako Odori dance. Nice show in a beautiful setting of Kaburenjo Theater. Don't go for the expensive seats, choose the cheap tickets and seat on the tatami. The view is nice and experience more authentic. You'll save some money for lunch too.

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San Antonio, Texas
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46 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

I was given a top-level ticket for Miyako Odori ("Dance of the Capital"), a yearly show put on by Kyoto's maiko and geiko with elaborate scenery, music, and costumes. I'd visited Kyoto on several other occasions and had seen several maiko in the evenings around Gion, but it's rare to see so many in one place, let alone geisha (called... More

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Ocean View, Delaware
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Miyako Odori, or Dance of the Capital, is performed every April, with new costumes, scencery, music and stories. Performed by the maiko and geiko of Gion Kobu, this is an eight-act theater experience, which lasts a little over one hour. There are 3 levels of tickets - the least expensive has you sitting on tatami mats in the balcony. We... More

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