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Gion Corner

#448 of 1,432 things to do in Kyoto
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Dancing geishas, puppet shows and musical performances are just some of the regular events to be seen at this popular theater in Kyoto's entertainment district.
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570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku | Yasaka Hall, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-1119
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Was really looking forward to this, hoping to get a bit of insight into the Japanese culture. The whole "concert" lasted no more than 40 minutes (cost about $40 Aus each), with one of the promised "shows" the puppet show not available - so we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AmazingGracie17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The show gives you some good insight into the Japanese culture. You watch the tea ceremony, traditional comedy, puppet performances, maiko dances, the art of flower arranging etc. It was my first time in Japan so I thought why not and went with it. We...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Grinch85
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I enjoyed the show with tea ceremony and the Geisha dance the highlight. Only place we could find genuine traditional acts available at reasonable price to a tourist. Show is relatively short but entertaining. I’d recommend to foreign tourists. We did not...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 7136janee
Reviewed December 19, 2018

As I was wandering around Gion I discovered this huge white building with some traditional old looking buildings beside it. This was Gion Corner, a kind of place promoting the arts of Japan and Kyoto. The entry fee wasn't cheap and after staying for about...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank SurfingWild
Reviewed November 18, 2018

go to any other show/performance,is not worth it..very boring ,and for what it is ,is very expensive ,and in cash,no credit cards...

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank tehuelches
Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

At least we were guaranteed to see a Geisha and it wasn't that long or expensive (compared to tea ceremony with in-person Geisha). But was pretty boring and lots of people with their phones up. I would definitely not go back. 2 shows at 6...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jcha86
Reviewed November 11, 2018

I found that a variety of people involved in demonstration the Traditional Arts from one performance to next. We had only one first year Maiko dancing as opposed to two on last visit. Comedy team was completely new. Others seems to be same except one...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Warner L
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

This is a show with several short acts supposed to illustrate some of the many Japanese traditions of art, including dance, theatre and the tea ceremony. It is a nice idea, but the performances were so poor! It was as if going to a child’s...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank fredrika f
Reviewed November 1, 2018

We have seen this show twice. It gives you a good insight into the Japanese culture with demonstrations of the tea ceremony, Ikebana, music and dancing. Some of this is very strange to Western ears though :)

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Songbird1954
Reviewed November 1, 2018

Good to experience Japanese culture and to see tea ceremony and a Geisha. The comedy sketch was good too.

Date of experience: October 2018
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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
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March 5, 2017|
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Response from MikeandDiana0424 | Reviewed this property |
They move them, go to the hall and you will find ladies selling tickets and they will tell you where the venue is. It is across the street and down a sidestreet.
July 1, 2016|
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Response from David0103 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can buy tickets in advance. Perhaps not directly from the venue but we bought 3 tickets in advance (for the same price as on the door) from an external website. You still need to join the line when entering, so if... More
November 11, 2015|
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Response from williamsN3015EP | Reviewed this property |
I cannot remember exactly in Yen but it was very reasonable. Maybe 30-35 AUD? I do not like paying for big concerts so I would recommend the experience.