Miyako Odori

¥4,000 – ¥7,000

Celebrate spring in Kyoto with the annual Miyako Odori, a performance by geiko (the Kyoto word for geisha) and maiko (apprentice geiko) from Gion Kōbu — the largest of the city’s hanamachi (geisha districts).

The Miyako Odori (“Dances of the Capital”) was first performed in 1872, as part of Japan’s first world fair, held in Kyoto. Very little has changed since. Acts portray the four seasons in Kyoto, culminating with the arrival of those stars of spring, the cherry blossoms.

Miyako Odori 2024

There are three performances a day, at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., each lasting about an hour. For the first time in seven years, the performance will once again be held at the historical Gion Kōbu Kaburenjō.


Tickets cost ¥4,000 (second class seats), ¥6,000 (first class seats), or ¥7,000 (first class seats with a tea ceremony) and can be purchased online in English.

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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