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Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater

Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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“miyako odori”(30 reviews)
“front row”(7 reviews)
“tea ceremony”(48 reviews)
The Gion Koubu Kaburenjo (where Miyako Odori is performed) are temporary closed due to the initiation of long-term building maintenance (earthquake protection measures).
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
570-2 Giommachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-541-3391
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Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

We’ve heard a lot about this outstanding performance and purchased tickets in advance (actually the first day they were put on sale, December 1) via Internet. The navigation and paying process were very fast, simple and clear. We chose tickets without tea ceremony and apparently...More

Thank CatherineBulg
Reviewed June 2, 2018

Almost $30 for a series of very mediocre shows starting with a a tea ceremony that is nothing special at all, a musical instrument play (ok), a flower arrangement ceremony which is the most standard thing you can imagine, a geisha dance lacking of emotion...More

3  Thank DcRuben
Reviewed May 5, 2018

We were there on April 5th. We had "special seat" tickets (4,600 JPY per one) that included a tea ceremony. There were a lot of people. We were almost pressed as the last to the room where the tea ceremony is held. Geisha was already...More

3  Thank CZ-Milka
Reviewed May 2, 2018

The Miyako Odori itself was fantastic. However the tea ceremony was very disappointing. I had read that it was not particularly authentic, but that is was a great opportunity to take photos of the maiko. Very disappointed then to find that photos were no longer...More

Thank youngjudy
Reviewed April 25, 2018

We saw this wonderful performance at the Kyoto University of Art & Design as the usual theatre was closed for reconstruction work, The dancing and music was performed mostly by Maikos and some Geikos. Online booking was a bit complicated but we did get very...More

Thank Sandyretriever
Reviewed April 18, 2018

We really wanted to see a geisha show while visiting Kyoto and was glad that this show lived up to our expectations. The cheap tickets were already sold out more than a month before when we booked so we went with the premium seats that...More

Thank funtravelfreak
Reviewed April 13, 2018

A wonderful opportunity to have a short look see at 7 different forms of Kyoto performing arts including puppet play, tea ceremony, comedy skit, court music, maiko dancers. Well performed and beautiful costumes. Single level seating unfortunately meant difficult to see from many places -...More

Thank Chris43bh3
Reviewed April 8, 2018

Geisha dances are quite a spectacle, but the show seemed quite short - we saw Kamogawa Odori last year, which to me was little less intense, but fairly longer. I got the English audio guide (500 JPY rental + 1000 JPY deposit) and I'm ambivalent...More

1  Thank mikiqex
Reviewed August 18, 2017 via mobile

It's hard to say.. i personally found the show quite boring however it was a good experience to witness the social cultural aspect of japan. I would recommend it if you are interested in history and other peoples culture but it is a little boring

4  Thank nicolecampbell92
Reviewed May 18, 2017

The theater perfomance was great. It gave an inside glimp for the real Japanese culture. Some different short performances were ver nice performed with english translation. We recommand, that you come early in line, because of getting tickets in time.

2  Thank michelea78
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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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June 20, 2017|
Response from michelea78 | Reviewed this property |
Most of the time it is not possible to order tickets, just go there on time and get in line. We had no diner included. The performances are; a thee ceremonie, Kyogen Theater- comic, flowerarrangement, dancing, Bunraku... More
January 27, 2017|
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Response from Marv D | Reviewed this property |
When I went there I arrived fifteen minutes in advance and they started seating those for the tea ceremony right on the time on our ticket. Those who didn't purchase the tea ceremony show simply took their seat inside the... More