Spring in Kyoto means many things: cherry blossoms, the "new" year (schools and business all begin on or around April 1), and of course the spring dance performances by the city's famed geisha.
At the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre the annual Miyako Odori runs from April 1-30.
Gion Kobu is the largest of the city's geisha theaters.
Tickets are 4,500 yen with matcha green tea service, 4,000 yen without tea, 2,000 yen (non-reserved seats).
Performances are held at 12:30, 14:00, 15:30, 16:50
Tel: 075 541 3391
Gion Kobu Site
At the Miyagawacho Kaburenjo Theatre, which is a bit south of Gion Kobu and closer to the Kamo River, the 64th Kyo Odori runs from April 6-21.
The Kyo Odori is an annual dance performance by maiko and geiko basede in the Miyagawacho district.
Tickets are 4,500 yen with matcha green tea, 4,000 yen without tea.
Performances are held at 12:30, 14:30 & 16:30
Tel: 075 561 1151
For those cycling to either of the above, parking is an issue, especially at Gion Kobu. Side streets are a possibility but the best option may be to park along Oike (free for two hours), and then walk.
Map of Kyoto Geisha Theaters
View Kyoto Geisha Theaters (Gion Kobu, Miyagawacho, Pontocho, Kamishichiken) in a larger map
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