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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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A Geiko (Geisha) Extravaganza

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Los Angeles, California
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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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16 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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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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South Australia, Australia
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11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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England, 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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