Aug. 18, 2020 UPDATE
Gion Corner- ギオンコーナー -
The staff can speak English. Pamphlets come in 10 different languages.
English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian
Japanese and English
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Story & Recommendation
Enjoy 50 minutes of traditional Japanese dance and music
Located in the middle of Gion, is a large building called Yasaka Hall; inside this building is Gion Corner. You can see maiko perform their Kyomai (Kyoto style) dance, Kado (flower arrangement), Kyogen (ancient comic play), and more, all up close. Also, 7 different traditional Japanese arts are shown, all done quickly. The show is about 50 minutes long. One show starts at 6pm and the second show starts at 7pm. It is perfect for seeing a show before heading out to dinner. It's also popular with foreign tourists due to its convenient location. Besides English, pamphlets come in a total of 10 languages, including Chinese, French, and German. Visitors with an interest in Japanese culture and arts should definitely pay a visit.
Kyomai (Kyoto style) Dance
Take the opportunity to see the dance performed by geiko and maiko. It's a refined art form particular to Kyoto with a long history. It is a relaxed and loose, yet beautiful, dance. Take a closer look at their beautiful clothing as well.
Gagaku (court music)
Gagaku (court music) is one of the oldest forms of music in the world; it's mostly heard at shrines and temples. The theater performance features bright orange clothes and traditional Japanese instruments. The refined sounds and the performers' dynamic movements entrance onlookers.
Focus On The Kyogen (ancient comic play) Actors' Movements!
A comedy that amusingly reproduces modern society's reality using the language of old Japan. It is sure to bring a smile to your face. Although it's in Japanese, the actors' movements and intonations make even non-speakers laugh. Their movements are especially sure to leave an impression.
There are maiko goods and Kyoto-related goods for sale. Seals, magnets, playing cards, and more are available — all for a reasonable price. Note that it can get crowded after a performance.
- Manner & Tips -
Pictures are allowed during the performance, but be mindful of others. Winter (December till the second week of March) performances do not feature Bunraku (puppet play); In exchange, you can take post-performance photos with the maiko. Lines are commonly formed, so make sure to keep your place in line.