Spring Dances by Geiko & Maiko芸妓・舞妓春の踊り

Summary

The geiko of Kyoto, keepers of time honored traditional dance and music, are concentrated in five kagai (geisha districts) across the city.  Each of the districts performs a large-scale dance for the public once a year, with four of them held in the spring season.  Every kagai has its own characteristics, and each varies in the number of performers as well as the dance repertoire, the number of performances, and the ticket price, so there is sure to be a dance that attracts your interest.  Those interested can pay slightly more with their ticket to participate in a tea ceremony before the dance hosted by a maiko apprentice.  Tickets can be purchased on the day at the theater ticket offices if not sold out, or can be reserved in advance at the Tourist Information Center in Kyoto Station.

Gion Kōbu district's Miyako Odori

Miyako Odori

Where: Minamiza Theater
When: April 1st – April 20th | 12:00, 14:20, 16:40
Price: ¥4,000 (Regular Seats), ¥5,500 (Premium Seats).
Website: http://miyako-odori.jp/english/

Notice: In 2021, the event was canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Kamishichiken district's 2016 Kitano Odori poster

Kitano Odori

Where: Kamishichiken Kaburenjō Theater
When: March 20th – April 2nd | 14:00, 16:30
Price: ¥5,000, ¥5,500 (+ Green Tea)
Website: http://www.maiko3.com/kitano-odori.html

Notice: In 2021, the event was canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Miyagawachō district's Kyo Odori

Kyo Odori

Where: Miyagawachō Kaburenjō Theater
When: April 2nd – April 11th | 12:30, 14:30, 16:30
Price: ¥3,000 (Second Class), ¥5,000 (First Class). No tea ceremony is offered in 2021.
Website: http://www.miyagawacho.jp/

 

Pontochō district's Kamogawa Odori

Kamogawa Odori

Where: Pontochō Kaburenjō Theater
When: May 1st – May 24th | 12:30, 14:20, 16:10
Price: ¥2,500 (Regular), ¥4,900 (Special Class), ¥5,500 (Special Class + Green Tea)
Website: https://en.kamogawa-odori.com/

Notice: In 2021, the event was canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Things to See/Do

  • Geisha Performance

  • Tea Ceremony