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Truly Japanese traditional performing arts can be enjoyed at ease in about an hour

Gion Corner is a place where you can take in seven kinds of performing arts, most notably kyo-mai dance performed by maiko dancers. Here you can see Japan’s traditional performing arts in ‘digest’ form all on one stage. Located in Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Small Theatre next to the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre, the spot has a very international flavour, as it is popular with Japanese and foreign tourists.

Gion Corner's Programs

The seven Japanese traditional performing arts that can be experienced at Gion Corner

Kyo-mai Dance

Originating in Kyoto, kyo-mai is an elegant and dazzling dance performed by maiko and geiko (in Kyoto, “geisha” are called “geiko”) dancers in beautifully ornate dress. Kyo-mai performances by maiko can be enjoyed at Gion Corner.

Tea Ceremony

This is the stylized tradition of steeping and serving tea to guests. The Corner performs the “ryurei” style of the Tea Ceremony, seating on stools, for visitors from foreign countries not used to kneeling on tatami.

Flower Arrangement

The art of creating and enjoying arrangements made from flowers and other materials.

Koto

The koto is an ancient Japanese six-stringed zither traditionally played with ivory plectrums worn on the fingers, producing wonderful harmonies.

Gagaku Court Music

Gagaku is the name for indigenous Japanese music and dance performed at the Imperial Court, shrines and temples. Gion Corner offers maigaku performances accompanied by dance.

Kyogen Theatre

Kyogen is a form of theatre that portrayed life as it was in a comical manner.

Bunraku Puppet Theatre

Bunraku, Japan's traditional puppet theatre, was put on UNESCO's list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2003.

Performance guide

Performance time

Everyday (from March 13th) starting at 6:00pm and at 7:00pm
Performance duration: about 50 minutes

Admission

  • Premium Seat: ¥6,600
  • Tea Ceremony experience Seat (including Tea and Sweets): ¥6,050
  • Adults: ¥5,500
  • Age 16-22: ¥3,850
  • Age 7-15: ¥3,300
  • Infants (Age 0-6): free

Group Sales (20 people or more)

  • Adults: ¥4,700

Ticket

How to get here

  • From JR Kyoto Station, take City Bus 206 to the Gion bus stop, and from there it is a 5-minute walk.
  • OR by train take the Keihan Line to Gion Shijo Station,and from there it is a 5-minute walk.
  • It is also a 10-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Line.