Sep. 22, 2018 UPDATE

Kitano Odori

- 北野をどり -
PeriodMarch 25th - April 7th, every year (2 stages a day)
VenueKamishichiken Kaburenjo Theater
Elegant dance performance by Maiko and Geiko on Kitano Odori
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! (Text reference: Kamishichiken Kabukai official website)
Kitano Odori
Kitano Odori
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
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.
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If you are around Kyoto from the end of March to the beginning of April, I highly recommend that you visit there to enjoy the play. Maiko and Geiko from Kamishichiken Kaburenjo would join all together for this play and it is very dynamic and you may be overwhelmed by their gorgeousness and delicacy. I suggest that you purchase the tickets with tea ceremony as Maiko and Geiko would serve you tea.
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Kitano Odori / 北野をどり
Phone Not available
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.
Price range
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
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Although all the programs are performed in Japanese, there is a brochure about this play in English.
Information There is a brochure in English
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
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