Kamishichiken Beer Garden上七軒ビアガーデン

Summary

Kamishichiken Beer Garden Fun Atmosphere

Kamishichiken Beer Garden Food Dining Cuisine

Though tourists in Kyoto come from many different countries and for many different reasons, there's one thing almost everyone has in common: the hope to see a geisha (called geiko in Kyoto) or maiko apprentice.  These lovely ladies are masters of entertainment, trained in traditional arts that have been preserved for hundreds of years.  Kyoto is home to five different hanamachi, districts in which these women live and work, and each hanamachi performs a large dance open to the public once a year... But if you're visiting in the summer, do you have any chance to meet one of these artists?  In fact, you do!

The Kamishichiken district opens their Kaburenjō theater as a beer garden, operating between July 1st and September 5th from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm (closed August 14-16 for Obon).  Unlike private banquets or parties, no invitation or contact in this elite world is necessary – you can either make a reservation by calling the Kaburenjō (in Japanese) or show up during operating hours and see if there are any free seats available.  While there you can enjoy a nice cold beer and some tasty appetizers like at any beer garden... but here geiko, maiko, and the many women of Kamishichiken come by to take orders, pass out their "flower business cards", and have a small chat with customers.

Kamishichiken Beer Garden Smile Maiko Geisha

Entrance to the beer garden is paid with a "Starter Set" of beer for 2,000 yen, and then additional drinks and food carry their own respective charges. 

This sort of opportunity to interact closely with geiko and maiko doesn't happen that often, so if you're in Kyoto this summer don't forget to enjoy yourself at the Kamishichiken Beer Garden, combining the relief of a cold drink on a hot night with the experience of meeting one of Kyoto's famous artisans face to face!

Things to See/Do

  • Festival Food

  • Drink

Schedule

2018 Schedule

 July 1st – September 5th, 17:30 to 22:00 (closed August 14th–16th for Obon)

Access

Kamishichiken Kaburenjō

Address

〒602-8381 京都市上京区今出川通七本松西入真盛町742

TEL 075-461-0148
FAX 075-461-0149
WEB http://www.maiko3.com

Transportation

    • From Kyoto Station City Bus Route 50 or 101 ⇒ Kitano Tenmangū-mae Bus Stop ⇒ 5 minutes walking
    • From Demachiyanagi Station City Bus Route 203 ⇒ Kitano Tenmangū-mae Bus Stop ⇒ 5 minutes walking
    • From Kitano Hakubaichō Station ⇒ 15 minutes walking