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“The Cherry Blossom Dance”

Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater
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The Art of the Geisha: Private Dinner in Kyoto
Ranked #80 of 1,375 things to do in Kyoto
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Gion Koubu Kaburenjo (where Miyako Odori is performed) are temporary closed due to the initiation of long-term building maintenance (earthquake protection measures).
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 16, 2013

Throughout April each year a large cast of performers tell stories through song & acting. This year Miyako Odori used the theme of folk tales. It's all in Japanese, but you buy a program for ¥600 which has English explanation. Allow an hour for the performance. Worth attending for the"cultural" experience.

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

If you're in Kyoto in April you must not miss the Miyako Odori dance. Nice show in a beautiful setting of Kaburenjo Theater. Don't go for the expensive seats, choose the cheap tickets and seat on the tatami. The view is nice and experience more authentic. You'll save some money for lunch too.

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Reviewed August 10, 2012

I was given a top-level ticket for Miyako Odori ("Dance of the Capital"), a yearly show put on by Kyoto's maiko and geiko with elaborate scenery, music, and costumes. I'd visited Kyoto on several other occasions and had seen several maiko in the evenings around Gion, but it's rare to see so many in one place, let alone geisha (called "geiko" in Kyoto dialect). There's also a decent selection of reasonably-priced souvenirs inside before you take your seat; I purchased several small handkerchiefs and other geisha-themed merchandise as small gifts for coworkers, and there were local sweets and food products for sale as well.

As I arrived early, I had time to walk around the beautiful gardens, which were full of yaezakura cherry trees in near-full bloom. My ticket included a brief pre-show tea ceremony, Japanese sweet, and souvenir plate. Like other reviewers have mentioned, arrive early to enjoy the gardens, since you won't have a chance after the show has finished. This is a memorable experience and one well worth doing, especially since it coincides with Kyoto's gorgeous cherry blossom season.

9  Thank Bundtlust
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Miyako Odori, or Dance of the Capital, is performed every April, with new costumes, scencery, music and stories. Performed by the maiko and geiko of Gion Kobu, this is an eight-act theater experience, which lasts a little over one hour. There are 3 levels of tickets - the least expensive has you sitting on tatami mats in the balcony. We went for the most expensive seat, which included a reserved, regular seat on the main floor of the theater and included a pre-show tea ceremony, where we drank green tea, ate a pastry, and could watch a tea ceremony. Additionally, we could take home the plate as a souvenir. Get there at least an hour prior to your RESERVATION, so that you will have a little time in the garden. At the end of the show, you are ushered out of the complex and cannot go back to the gardens. You can make reservations at most hotels in Kyoto. My son and I thought this was the highlight of our entire 10-day Japan trip!

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