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Gion Odori

Kyoto’s Gion Odori is a performance by the geiko (geisha) and maiko (apprentice geisha) of the Gion Higashi district. It’s the only one of the annual odori events to take place in fall, and just as the leaves begun to change color.

Gion Odori is held in November at Gion Kaikan, near Yasaka Shrine. It was first held in 1894 and is one of Kyoto’s longest-running shows. The performance is also one of the smallest and a great opportunity to see maiko and geiko perform up close.

Gion Odori 2023

Tickets go on sale August 1.

Geiko and maiko performances in Kyoto

Every spring and fall, Kyoto’s hanamachi (geisha districts) put on public dance performances. In our opinion, this is the best way to see the city’s iconic performing artists for a (comparatively) reasonable price. And is much politer than trying to photograph them on the street paparazzi-style.

Other performances on the annual calendar include:

To learn more about geiko and maiko, as well as recommendations for additional events and experiences, check out our complete guide to seeing geisha in Kyoto.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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