Nijo Castle & Kitano Tenmangu Jan. 22, 2016 UPDATE
Elegant dance performance by Maiko and Geiko on Kitano Odori
Venue: Kamishichiken Kaburenjo Theater
March 25th - April 7th, every year
(2 stages a day)
(2 stages a day)
This dance performance by Maiko and Geiko of Kamishichiken Kabukai (Geiko quarters) was first held under the name of “Kitano Odori” in March 1952, in support of Manto-sai (Myriad Lantern Festival) which is held to commemorate the 1050th year anniversary of the Sugawara Michizane’s demise, a high-ranking court noble to whom Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is dedicated. The program is scheduled for 14 days from March 25 to April 7. The Kamishichiken Kaburenjo Theater welcomes you to join the festivities! (...moreText reference: Kamishichiken Kabukai official website)
Best of Kyoto
Must-visit shops and spots for all first time tourists to Kyoto.
Top shops and spots loved by our editors and highly recommended to be listed on your itinerary.
Well Worth a Visit
Less known but widely loved by both tourists and locals. Recommended if your schedule permits.
Good for Fans
Hideaway shops and spots of worthwhile destination. Recommended if you are keen on these genres.
Very popular among enthusiasts on these genres. Not always suitable if you are not particularly interested.
During the festival, there are two performances a day (1:30pm~ / 4:00pm~). It is interesting to note that there are two kinds of tickets for this festival: tickets with tea ceremony (￥4,800) and tickets without tea ceremony (￥4,300). The tea ceremony starts 1 hour before each show time. You may enjoy the tea served by Maiko and Geiko just before the show starts. If you arrive late, they will prepare a small gift instead.
Performance on Kitano Odori
Each performance has three programs. The first program is a dance drama which is one of Kitano Odori’s features. The play is rich in stories and lines are used frequently as it is based on the element of drama. The second program is a folk song. Maiko performs freshly whereas Geiko shows the skillful dance on the stage. The finale is one of the popular plays called “Kamishichiken Yakyoku”. Geiko who wear black kimono and Maiko with colorful kimono would join all together.
|Address||742, Shinseicho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-8381|
|Directions||3-minute walk from Kitano Tenmagu Mae or Kamishichiken stop on Kyoto City Bus #50 or #101 from Kyoto station.|
|Event time||1:30pm / 4:00pm (2 stages a day)
|Cancellations||It would be held every day for 14 days (2 stages a day)|
|Notes||Please note that it is easier to purchase the ticket through your hotel concierge as the application screen on website is written only in Japanese. You can also purchase the tickets on the 2nd floor of Kyoto Station building. The tickets are available one week before the play.|
|Fee||Tickets with tea ceremony ￥4,800
Tickets without tea ceremony ￥4,300
Tea ceremony starts 1 hour before each show time. Please enjoy the tea ceremony performed by Maiko and Geiko just before the show starts. If you arrive late, they will prepare a plate and cake served with tea instead. (You cannot reserve the seats)
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
|Friendly for Overseas Visitors||
Although all the programs are performed in Japanese, there is a brochure about this play in English.
|Information||There is a brochure in English|
|Languages spoken||Japanese only|