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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 Yasaka Hall next to the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre, the spot has a very international flavour, as it is popular with Japanese and foreign tourists.

Lose yourself in traditional performing arts in the heart of Kyoto's Gion district

There is also a Maiko Gallery, where videos of dances, the hair decorations worn by maiko dancers, and other items are on display.

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“Gion Corner” official app

Get information on Gion Corner and familiarize yourself even more with the world of geiko and maiko. Get your free original screen wallpaper!

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To learn more about traditional culture

The Hall's galleries display color bar codes like the illustration on the right. You can learn more about Kyoto’s traditional culture by downloading the “Gion Corner” app and using the “Multilingual Guide” function.

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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 starting at 6:00pm and at 7:00pm
(From December till the second week of March, performances will be held on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays only.)
Performance duration: about 50 minutes

Closed on
July 16, August 16 & from December 29 to January 3

Admission

  • Adults: ¥3,150
  • Students (Age 16-22): ¥2,200
  • Children (Age 7-15): ¥1,900
  • Infants (Age 0-6): free

Group Sales (20 people or more)

  • Adults: ¥2,200

Tourist Season Discounts

We are now sponsoring special discounts for foreign visitors to encourage them to get acquainted with Kyoto’s traditional culture.

Special Discount ticket from July 1st to February 28
Adults: ¥3,150 → ¥2,500

Reservations

  • Individuals

    No reservation necessary. Please go directly to the counter.
  • Group Reservations (20 people or more)

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.
605-0074 Yasaka Hall, 570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

Kyoto Gokagai

Kyoto is home to five kagai (entertainment districts), collectively referred to as Kyoto Gokagai.

  • Gion Kobu

  • Miyagawacho

  • Pontocho

  • Kamishichiken

  • Gion Higashi