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Gion Odori

The only of the traditional Kyoto dance performances to take place every year from November 1-10, this is held at the Gion Kaikan near Yasaka shrine as the leaves begin to turn. It was first held in 1894 and is one of the longest-running shows. The show is also one of the smallest and a great opportunity to see maiko and geisha perform up close with an intimate feel.

There are two performances per day, one at 13:30 and the other at 16:00. Tickets range from ¥3,500¥5,000 for second and first class seats respectively, and due to Covid-19 there will be no tea cermeony this year. Tickets will be available from September and can be purchased at Ochaya, Gion Kaikan, Kyoto City Tourist Association and Gion Higashi Ochaya Union as well as travel agencies.

Geisha performances in Kyoto

Kyoto’s public geisha performances are the best way to see the city’s iconic performing artists for a (comparatively) reasonable price. (And is much politer than chasing them through the streets). Other performances on the annual calendar include:

  • Kitano Odori
  • Miyako Odori
  • Kyo Odori
  • Kamogawa Odori
  • To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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