- 4-hour cultural performance and dinner in Kyoto
- See Japanese performing arts, including dance, music and traditional puppetry
- Hear informative commentary from your local guide
- Get a taste of authentic Japanese dishes with dinner
- Take part in a Japanese tea ceremony
- Round-trip transport by taxi from selected Kyoto hotels included
- Small-group tour limited to 24 ensures a more personalized experience
What You Can Expect
Start your excursion with a pickup from either the New Miyako Hotel or from the Kyoto Hotel Okura in the early evening. Head in your taxi to Gion Corner to watch your 50-minute show, offering a great introduction to the wide range of Japanese performing arts, accompanied by helpful explanations from your guide.
First watch the graceful movements of the theater’s maiko dancers, who entertain and entrance you with their lovely kyo-mai, a dance which owes its origins to the city of Kyoto. Next up is a demonstration of the delicate art of Japanese flower arrangement, or ikebana. Soon you’ll be serenaded by a performance of the koto, a six-string Japanese-style of zither that produces a range of gorgeous notes when plucked. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy gagaku court music, a style that was historically played during Imperial court events and during religious ceremonies. Finish your performance by watching the kyogen, a form of comedic theater, and with a show of puppet theater, also known as bunraku.
At the conclusion of your evening’s performance, follow your guide into the Gion District’s many streets lined with historic buildings, heading to Gion Yoshi-ima, a traditional inn, where you’ll enjoy a candlelight dinner. The night’s vegetarian meal includes dishes such as eggplant, tofu, renkon, ginger and shiitake mushrooms. During your meal you’ll also have the chance to watch an intricate Japanese tea ceremony. Admire the beautiful rituals of the ceremony as the tea is steeped and served to you and the guests.
Finish your night with a drop-off by taxi back at your hotel.
Very nice introduction to Kyoto culture. Very efficiently organise and great hospitality and tour from June.
It would have been better if we had some more time to stroll in Gion. The best part was the tea ceremony.
A great way to spend a night in Kyoto! Pick up was easy and very efficient. The show was great however would have been better if we'd arrived a bit earlier when we got there the only seats left were at the back and we couldn't really see the stage our guide spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable of the Gion area. The dinner and tea ceremony were the highlight of the night! They gave us a tour of the tradition Japanese house, The dinner even though was all vegetarian was AMAZING!! It was great to eat traditional Japanese food. I would definitely do this tour again!
A great way to get to know Gion and Kyoto traditions. Food was vegetarian and amazing!!!!
A truly wonderful overview of Japanese culture. Delightful performances in a lovely district, plus an excellent dinner after the Tea Ceremony.
Gregory N United Kingdom
A very enjoyable evening , we both my wife and me enjoyed the evening , the meal afterwards was really good and an experience to be savored. The guide was helpful and friendly , so no complaints
Our tour guide was lovely and it was really good having a small tour group.
David F USA
Didn't know quite what to expect with the Gion by Night tour. The theater performance was enjoyable. I was especially impressed with the dance of the maiko. The dinner and tea ceremony was great too, although it seemed a little rushed at the end.
Excellent evening entertainment, delicious dinner, and lovely tea experience.
As someone with a previous interest in the culture of Japan, I found this to be a great evening. The tour guide was excellent and she ran things very smoothly. The performances in Gion Corner were fantastic, and we were convinced we had made the right choice when as we left, the queue had reached the outside of the theatre! We had had it almost to ourselves!
The tour continued with a traditional tea ceremony, where the symbolism was all explained to us, and we rounded the night off with tempura.
All in all a fantastic tour, and all the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful.
This tour was amazing!