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Gion Corner: Tours & Tickets

#547 of 1,541 things to do in Kyoto
Closed Now: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Open today: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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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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Hours Today: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this performance expecting an intriguing and creative production. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing tourist trap that featured far too many old men. Don't waste your money.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Traveler961010
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A big tourist trap. It started with a tea ceremony that was conducted along with the flower arrangement, this was quite distracting. Poorly performed. The rest of the performances were lacklustre and in Japanese. It could have atleast had translations to English.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is not an entertainment venue per se. It is to showcase specifically to foreigners a range of Japanese cultural traditions. It is to offer a small taste only at a reasonable price. It did everything it said on the tin. I can only imagine...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 3 October 2019 via mobile

The geica dance was the highlight of the show but lasted less than 10 minutes. Tea ceremony was off stage and difficult to see. Flower arranging was ok. Other acts seemed amateur and boring. Over priced.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank wendyp272
Reviewed 4 September 2019

The hour-long show is a great way to get a taste of the different arts in and around Kyoto, including a tea ceremony, flower arranging, music and comedy. Performed by a mix of young an old, it's just a great teaser if you can't make...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank craigbov
Reviewed 28 August 2019

It is not the best show but it's a way to see a glimpse of different Japanese arts, especially two maiko doing two dances. If you're there at 17:30 when they start selling tickets and go inside fast you can seat in the front row...More

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank tlarraya
Reviewed 3 August 2019

I can not recommend avoiding this place enough. My mother and I paid about 100 dollars US to watch essentially a 45 minute show which had about 10 minutes of actual Geisha activity. If you just want to see a Geisha, go to Gion and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Natesmith1016
Reviewed 2 August 2019

The Kyomai dance was very good, but I think it was overpriced and I wouldn’t revisit again unfortunately.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Melissa R
Reviewed 14 July 2019 via mobile

The show is a great chance to get a little taste of some traditional arts at a very low price. My family really enjoyed it and it is a great option if you have family members who don’t love performing arts in big doses. I...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Temac1970
Reviewed 3 July 2019

Visited the place in the afternoon. Hmm... 18 year old Geisha. Wondered what her career will be given another 5 years. Interesting culture.

Date of experience: August 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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5 March 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.
1 July 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
11 November 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.