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Gion Corner

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Address: 570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku | Yasaka Hall, Kyoto 605-0074 , Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-561-1119
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Fri - Sun 17:30 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Dancing geishas, puppet shows and musical performances are just some of the...

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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Get there early to get good seats

If you go early to get good seats, this is the place to see some traditional cultural displays. Highlights were the Ancient Comic Play and the Maiko dancers. We sat at the back... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you go early to get good seats, this is the place to see some traditional cultural displays. Highlights were the Ancient Comic Play and the Maiko dancers. We sat at the back and it was hard to see as the seats are all on one level and everyone tries to see.The theatre is being renovated at present. If you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A true Traditional Japanese Experience. We made the trip from Tokyo by bullet train and stayed in Gion in a flat. 3 days of living the traditional life with the Maikos is amazing. The food is incredible, the comfort of the homes and the traditions of the local people are experiences we will never forget.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Gion Corner provides visitors with an interesting pastiche of Japanese culture. Depending on where one sits, one might or might not be able to actually see the demonstrations. We were on the opposite side of the auditorium from the tea ceremony, so could barely make out what was happening, but the ikebana demonstration was right in front of us, so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Visited this place early January this year. Had to travel back from Osaka to Kyoto just to see this performance as the centre was closed when I was in Kyoto and I am glad I made it. If you are interested in other cultures and like to see traditional performances and pay only around 2500 yen yet get to see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Tip: Try to visit this area during the day. We came here during the night (and the sun sets pretty early in Japan, mind you!), and we practically couldn't see and enjoy anything because it's too dark.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

The artists performance was very good, but the venue was really bad. The main theater is under renovations, something we were not informed about when we bought out tickets, so we ended up in a small back room sitting on folding chairs for about an hour and we did not have a very good view of the stage. And although... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Good little place for the kids to see some traditional Japanese dances likely we could stand up the back and seeing the kids can sit in the front so it was okay

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

4 short boring shows for 2500 Yen per person (cash only). Really waste of time and money. Very very poor.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Very poor seating arrangement. Anyone sitting 10 rows or more from the stage will not be able to see anything happening on the stage. There was also a pillar in the middle of the room that was blocking the view of the stage. Truly a waste of money and time

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

We somehow landed up here at the recommendation of our guide for a "geisha show". It's a one hour performance of various forms of Japanese art - ikebana (flower arrangement shouldn't really be a performance!), Japanese comedy, puppet show (pretty good) and a whole 10 minutes of a geisha performance. It's 2500 yen per person - save your money and... 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.
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