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


The geiko of Kyoto, keepers of time honored traditional dance and music, are concentrated in five hanamachi (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 hanamachi 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: Gion Kōbu Kaburenjō Theater
When: April 1st – April 24th | 12:30, 14:20, 16:10
Price: ¥3,500 (First Class), ¥4,600 (Special Class + Green Tea)
Website: http://www.miyako-odori.jp/english/index.html

Kamishichiken district's 2016 Kitano Odori poster

Kitano Odori

Where: Kamishichiken Kaburenjō Theater
When: March 25th – April 7th | 13:30, 16:00
Price: ¥4,300, ¥4,800 (+ Green Tea)
Website: http://www.maiko3.com/

Miyagawachō district's Kyo Odori

Kyo Odori

Where: Miyagawachō Kaburenjō Theater
When: April 1st – April 16th | 12:30, 14:30, 16:30
Price: ¥2,200 (Second Class), ¥2,800 (Second Class + Green Tea), ¥4,200 (First Class), ¥4,800 (First Class + Green Tea)
Website: http://www.miyagawacho.jp/kyoodori/

Pontochō district's Kamogawa Odori

Kamogawa Odori

Where: Pontochō Kaburenjō Theater
When: May 1st – May 24th | 12:30, 14:20, 16:10
Price: ¥2,300, ¥4,200 (Special Class), ¥4,800 (Special Class + Green Tea)
Website: http://www.kamogawa-odori.com/

Things to See/Do

  • Geisha Performance

  • Tea Ceremony