Miyagawacho Kaburenjo

Miyagawacho Kaburenjo, Kyoto: Address, Phone Number, Miyagawacho Kaburenjo Reviews: 4.5/5

Miyagawacho Kaburenjo
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Neighbourhood: Gion
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.

24 reviews
Very good

La Malbaie9 contributions
Avoid tea ceremony but must see the Geisha dance!
Apr. 2018
We bought the tickets including the tea ceremony. It spoiled our expectations right at the start. The whole thing goes on so fast it a ridiculous (less than 10 min). People speak loudly, no one looks and listen at the geishas, and the hostess rush you out even before you have had you tea and cake. It is an insult to their culture to do things in such an industrial manner. Don’t waste time and money on that scam! We did like the dance very much though. The music, the signing, the costumes, seeing geishas dancing in their very subtle and gracious way. We loved everything about it and were very touched to witness such beautiful cultural demonstration. It is one of the highlights of our trip to Japan.
Written April 9, 2018
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Lukasz K
Warsaw, Poland4 contributions
Perfect spectacle!
Apr. 2017 • Friends
With a friend we were determined to see a geisha spectacle. After feeling that Gion Corner is a bit too touristy we decided to go here. Tickets could be bought outside this Cultural Center on the day of the show (running 3x daily from 1st till 16th April in 2017), without akward waiting in the queue for an hour before the show (approx. ¥2000-¥3500 depending on the seat and of you wish to include tea service). The staff was really helpful: they explained us where we can park our bicycles and guided us to our seats. We also got a modest yet helpful English description of what was being shown (similar to ballet/opera programs).

I am not an expert on geisha dances, but it had a cultural center (not: theater) touch to it. It doesn't mean it was cheap. It felt small yet engaged, local and hearty: I could feel a sheer joy of other locals watching their friends, maybe family or reminding themselves once they did that dance? Not too touristy either, which I liked as well.

Show itself was magnificent. It was forbiden to take photos and there are none on TripAdvisor that show how magnificent they were. Finally I understood the difference between Gaiko and Maiko, watched the dresses and highly trained and synchronised moves with amazement. Understood what and why they train (you could tell a slight difference in experience between Geiko and Maiko). Scenography was rather simple, yet the show was not about scenography :)

We skipped tea ceremony. Just because.

The show in Miyako Odori might be just a bit better but as for a tourist and after watching a few photos of it - I don't feel it is worth a pain if you don't have resources to get tickets to that one. You won't be able to tell a difference (apart from bigger scene and even more dancers - which was certainly big enough at Miyagawa-cho at around 30). And definitely better than Gion Corner from what has been said in hostel's kitchen :)

Just go there and tell by yourself! :)
Written April 17, 2017
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Natasha C
Cardiff, UK19 contributions
Amazing dances at the Kyō Odori!
Apr. 2016 • Couples
Went to the Kyō Odori spring dances here. We bought tickets directly from the ticket office onsite and paid extra to include the tea ceremony. The Geiko and Maiko dances were truly amazing and I was so pleased to be able to see them. We paid for second class tickets and had a great view, but I think side view ones would be better so you could see the singers better. There were spaces available, which is unbelievable given how talented the Geiko and Maiko are. Go if you get the chance!
Written April 4, 2016
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