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Kitano Odori

¥5,500 (advance sales)

One of Kyoto’s annual spring geisha performances, the Kitano Odori is performed by the geiko (the Kyoto word for geisha) and maiko (apprentice geiko) of the Kamishichen district. The show typically has three parts: a short play, a series of dances, and the Kamishichiken Serenade. The Kitano Odori first began in 1952, as part of the anniversary celebration for the founding of nearby Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

Performances, which last 90 minutes, are held at the Kamishichiken Kabukai at 2pm and 4pm.

Tickets for the Kitano Odori cost ¥5,500 and can be purchased online (in Japanese) or from JTB travel agencies (until the day of the event), the tourist information center on the 2nd floor of Kyoto Station (up to a week before the performance date), and from the theater box office (until three days before the performance date) — depending on availability. For 2022, tickets go on sale from August 1st. Unfortunately there is no tea ceremony this year due to Covid-19, but normally it is a lovely addition to the experience.

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:

  • Miyako Odori
  • Kyo Odori
  • Gion 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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