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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 #52 of 368 attractions in Kyoto
Type: Other
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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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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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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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Tokyo, Japan
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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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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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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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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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