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Gion Night and Zen dinner with Tea ceremony : Culture Performance

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    What to Expect
    Admire the beauty and grace of Japan’s traditional performing arts during this dinnertime show in Kyoto’s Gion district. Enjoy an authentic meal of specialties while you take in a variety of cultural performances covering dancing, flower arrangement, music, a tea ceremony, puppet theater, and more.

    Start your excursion with a pickup in the early evening. Head in your taxi to Gion Corner to watch your 50-minute show, offering a great introduction to the wide range of Japanese performing arts, accompanied by helpful explanations from your guide.

    First watch the graceful movements of the theater’s maiko dancers, who entertain and entrance you with their lovely kyo-mai, a dance which owes its origins to the city of Kyoto. Next up is a demonstration of the delicate art of Japanese flower arrangement, or ikebana. Soon you’ll be serenaded by a performance of the koto, a six-string Japanese-style of zither that produces a range of gorgeous notes when plucked. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy gagaku court music, a style that was historically played during Imperial court events and during religious ceremonies. Finish your performance by watching the kyogen, a form of comedic theater, and with a show of puppet theater, also known as bunraku. 

    At the conclusion of your evening’s performance, follow your guide into the Gion District’s many streets lined with historic buildings, heading to Gion Yoshi-ima, a traditional inn, where you’ll enjoy a candlelight dinner. The night’s vegetarian meal includes dishes such as eggplant, tofu, renkon, ginger and shiitake mushrooms. During your meal you’ll also have the chance to watch an intricate Japanese tea ceremony. Admire the beautiful rituals of the ceremony as the tea is steeped and served to you and the guests. Finish your night with a drop-off at your original departure location.
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    Departure Point
    Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo, 17 Nishikujō Inmachi, Minami-ku, Kyoto, 601-8412, Japan
    Departure Time
    5:00 PM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Japanese-style dinner
    • Professional English-speaking guide
    • Hotel drop-off by taxi (select Kyoto locations only)
    • Entry/Admission - Gion Corner
    • Entry/Admission - Gion Yoshi-Ima
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • If the minimum number of participants 2 is not met by 4 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be cancelled.
    • Casual clothing is permitted
    • The ingredients of tempura are tofu, namafu wheat gluten, yuba tofu skin, and vegetables in season such as eggplants, lotus root, ginger, and shiitake mushroom. Miso soup and rice are also served
    • Customers under 6 years of age are not permitted.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Please be aware that at Gion Corner, participants may have to watch while standing if it is crowded.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Buddhist vegetarian cuisine is served for dinner, however bonito stock is used in the tempura dipping sauce. Salt can be used instead of the tempura dipping sauce.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed June 17, 2019 via mobile

    Pleasantly surprised that it was a combination of historical performances and pace of the evening was great; ending at a traditional Zen tea house. Appreciated a Zen styled dinner (meat free) and the brief presentation of a tea ceremony. Highly recommended!

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    Reviewed June 19, 2018

    This tour does exactly what it says - gives you a taste of various traditional arts as well as walking around Gion a bit. We even saw a few geikas on their way to their evening engagements. For me, the highlight of this evening was...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
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    Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

    We wanted to get to know Gion by having a tour guide show us the sights. We were very happy with the tour. Our guide explained many of the customs associated with Geisha and we saw three Geisha on the way to tea house parties....More

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    • Languages Offered: English
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