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Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater

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Address: 570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 755413391
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Traditional Japanese Cultural show

This theatre, although not that large, hosts evenings of Japanese performing arts with traditional music and artists in Japanese dress. Although primarily aimed at tourists and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

This theatre, although not that large, hosts evenings of Japanese performing arts with traditional music and artists in Japanese dress. Although primarily aimed at tourists and visitors, it gives a good insight into local history

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Show was incredible. It was very entertaining. The Geisha's performed their beautiful skills of dance and song. The Geisha's were incredibly graceful. We also participated in a tea ceremony after the performance. The tea ceremony was delightful. I am so glad we went. The main show was about an hour long and it was truly amazing. It was wonderful to... More 

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Milton Keynes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Of course Geishas are such a part of Japanese culture but it's very difficult to be able to enjoy them as they usually only take part in small private gatherings. Miyako Odori is an annual festival where the geishas perform and show off their beautiful skills of dance and song. We decided to buy the top tier ticket so that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

I wanted to see the Miyako Odori performed since I read and watched memoirs of a geisha, and I was not disappointed. I booked the premium tickets that include tea ceremony with a maiko and geiko (although they did not serve us). The tea ceremony felt a bit rushed but they had many to get through and you got to... More 

Thank Cerys1992
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

This show was recommended and booked for us by Mume hotel. It was an excellent recommendation ! The show immerses you in the spirit of Japan in a nice and confortable theater. Don't hesitate to book secial class ticket with green tea ceremony !

Thank Nicolas B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

We ordered tickets online about a month or so before our scheduled performance, and we paid extra for the tea ceremony so that we could have better seats, but we were still placed on the balcony, which was very disappointing! As others have mentioned, the tea ceremony is not that interesting, but we're still glad we did the "full experience".... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

A very interesting theatre experience. Miyako Odori literally means the Dance of the Capital is a set of dances and songs traditionally performed by geisha and maiko (geisha apprentices) in lovely costumes and runs for about an hour. Stage settings are influenced by the 4 seasons but without english translation (devices cost extra 500 + 1000 refundable deposit) it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Gion Kobu Kaburenjo is located in the heart of Gion. The theatre provides the venue for various shows, including the Miyako Odori (Dance of the Capital) which I attended. This annual spring event is an unique experience whereby many geiko and maiko perform traditional dance performances with the accompaniment of traditional music and singing. It is advisable to present yourself... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

If you can afford it go for the tea ceremony followed by the Geisha dancers an absolutely magical experience with a lovely garden you can visit between the two events. The costumes and the staging are absolutely stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Situated in Gion's corner, this theather and the show are wordless. Never in my life, I did see something so unique and beautiful, even when boring I was blown up by the poetry and music involved... If you buy tea ceremony, be sure to go 45mn before the timetable in order to be at the front, otherwise, it wont' be... More 

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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 glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.