Located in Gion, where you might catch a glimpse of a geisha or maiko (geisha apprentice) on her way to an evening appointment, this venue presents a variety show highlighting traditional cultural arts. Short demonstrations and performances of the tea ceremony, Japanese flower arranging, koto (Japanese harp) music, gagaku (ancient court music and dance), kyogen (noh comic plays), kyomai (Kyoto-style dance) performed by maiko, and bunraku (puppetry) follow each other in quick succession and are described in detail in an English-language program. The shows caters to tourists, and none of the individual performances can match a full-scale production of the real thing, but this is a quick and convenient introduction. Before or after the show, be sure to take a look at the Maiko Gallery with its small display of maiko hairstyles and accessories. Note that no credit cards are accepted, so be sure to bring cash.
Yasaka Hall, 570–2 Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku
Our Rating Neighborhood Gion Hours Performances 6 and 7pm, daily mid-March–Nov, Fri–Sun Dec to mid-March Transportation Bus: 12, 46, 100, 102, 201, 202, 203, 206, or 207 to Gion (10 min.) Phone 075/561-1119 Prices ¥3,150 adults, ¥2,200 high-school and university students, ¥1,900 children Web site Gion Corner
MapYasaka Hall, 570–2 Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto
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