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Gion Kaburenjo Theater

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Address: Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku | Gion Hanamikoji Shijo-sagaru, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 755413391
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Entertaining but skip the "tea ceremony"

This is a very enjoyable performance; I would highly recommend it. However, I don't think it's worth the extra cost to attend the tea ceremony – it's not exactly a ceremony. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
Max S
Seoul, South Korea

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This is a very enjoyable performance; I would highly recommend it. However, I don't think it's worth the extra cost to attend the tea ceremony – it's not exactly a ceremony. The show itself - the performers and the musicians - are excellent. Highly recommended!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Miyako Odori is a must if you're in Kyoto in April. As some reviewers pointed out, you don't normally get to see geisha dances unless you're a wealthy businessman or well-connected to said businessman. Even if that wasn't a factor, you just have to do it. It was a real spectacle to watch and the costumes were absolutely stunning. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The Gion Kaburenjo Theatre was recommended to me by another traveller. I am so glad I checked it out. I bought a ticket to the tea ceremony and the performance for 48000 yen. We were shown into two different waiting rooms before the tea ceremony. One overlooking a beautiful garden. I was lucky and got seated at the front table... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is a great experience, a lovely spectacle and gives you the opportunity to see the Gieko & Maiko girls. The show takes about an hour, but it's a good idea to arrive in good time. There is also the opportunity to attend the tea ceremony before the performance which we did. However as with many others this is very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I think is worth the experience and it's worth to buy first class tickets with the tea ceremony, which is very fast paced as there are hoards of people doing it. The theatre is beautiful but stuffy and in a hot day is almost unbearable, so imagined sitting uncomfortably for an hour! No, invest on a nice seat, you won't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I bought the cheapest seats and sat at the balcony, we were advised by the ushers to take the right side of the seats, which turned out to be good advice because some of the dances took place on the left side and so we won't miss out on them. While true, we couldn't see all the musicians and have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Must see if you are in Kyoto in April. Contrary to some previous reviews, I would recommend purchasing the top priced tickets. This is apparently the only way to get orchestra level seats. Balcony seats are much inferior because you can't see the musicians and singers on the sides. Some actors enter and perform at the back of the auditorium,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The Brilliant obi and kimono with the scenic backdrop form a spectacular setting for the graceful restrained movements of these remarkably talented performers. The haunting traditional instruments provide the rhythms for the flowing and floating choreography.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

I just saw the Miyako Odori 2015 show with my husband and we were both very impressed. A tour guide had mentioned it and we bought tickets without knowing what to expect. The tea ceremony ahead of the show was brief and some people were asked to hurry up so others could have their turn. However, we had enough time... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I enjoyed the experience. Pricey but well done stage show. Tea ceremony was a photo op only. Buy the program to get a better understanding of the story. Younger people will find it boring. Group in front of us fell asleep.

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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.