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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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Phone Number: +81 75-561-1119
17:30 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 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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Interesting, but not a must.

This performance was interesting, entertaining and I learned more about geikos and other forms of Japanese arts, but I could have also read this information in a book and watch... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Singapore, Singapore
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can see a few traditional performance in one place. It's very nice and the phamflet is avaiable in english and with clear description

Thank Agatha K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst not all of the 'sketches' will be to everybody's taste, it is representative of Japanese culture and we thought it provided a good taster as at 55 mins not too long. Also good opportunity to see one or maikos, which for the unitiated look no different from geishas and photos are permitted. Overall we would recommend this show even... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This performance was interesting, entertaining and I learned more about geikos and other forms of Japanese arts, but I could have also read this information in a book and watch more in depth documentaries.

Thank Genevieve D
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This attraction is only for tourists, costing 2500 Yens per person for less than an hour show, consisting of 7 snippets of Japanese culture: tea ceremony, flower arrangement, music, comic play, maiko dance and puppet show. Execution was below average and sometimes very boring. Theater was well above capacity , with many tourists standing in the rear. Poor respect of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you have no time for a full visit to a tea house or a kabuki, gion corner will provide you with a great sample of Japanese arts. Included are the famous tea ceremony, floral arrangements, comic play, kabuki style short play and Japanese puppets. Worth a visit!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The show lasts for about an hour and is available on the weekends with ¥2500 charge for international tourists. It was beautiful. A must see for your first time in Japan!

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Fairview Heights, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I quite enjoyed this performance. However after a long day of walking around my companion fell asleep to the beautiful calm music played during the opening. She woke when the show was over. I also admit to being lulled, although I did not fall asleep. I sat in an aisle seat and felt that was helpful to see the on-stage... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Not worth the money- it was ok. But not worth the money. The only good part was the dancing. They need to have more dancers

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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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