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Address: Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku | Gion Hanamikoji Shijo-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-561-1115
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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beautiful show

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Los Angeles, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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21 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The performance was really good. We booked our tickets early (the more expensive tickets with the tea ceremony) and we were very lucky as we were able to sit on the front row during the tea ceremony. You wont be receiving the tea given by the geishas as that is reserved for somebody else but it was still a great... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

A beautiful Japanese music, signing and dancing show by traditional geiko. We paid extra for the 'Special Class Ticket with Green Tea' which allowed us to see the tea ceremony prepared by a Geiko and apprentice Maiko. It was too quick and we didn't get to take many photos but it was still worth it as it's not something you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Go for Miyako Odori, "Dance of the Old Capital," which only runs in April and is performed by genuine Geiko (Kyoto dialect for Geisha). If you're okay with cheap seats (balcony level) and sitting on tatami mats, tickets are only 2,000 yen. To get a real seat on the first and second tier levels, it's going to cost between 4,000... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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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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Oslo, Norway
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
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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Hong Kong, China
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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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