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  • Location:Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Gion by Night: Culture Performance with Dinner

Take in the best of traditional Japanese performing arts all on one stage, followed by an authentic dining experience. Accompanied by an informative guide at Gion Corner, you’ll see maiko dancers, the art of flower arranging, gagaku court music, puppet theater and more. Then enjoy a tea ceremony by candlelight and a Japanese-style dinner. Pickup and drop-off by taxi from selected Kyoto hotels is included. Enjoy personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 24 people.


  • 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

Gion by Night: Culture Performance with Dinner

Kyoto Evening Cultural Performance with Dinner in Gion

Departing from your hotel in Kyoto between 5-5:30pm, your guide will accompany you by taxi to Gion Corner for the 50-minute show. You’ll get a great overview of traditional Japanese arts as you watch the performances on stage, enhanced by cultural interpretation from your guide.

Elegant maiko dancers in ornate dress will dazzle you with kyo-mai, a dance originating in Kyoto. Learn how to assemble lovely displays in the traditional art of ikebana, flower arranging. Listen to the koto, a Japanese six-stringed zither that produces pleasant harmonies when played. You'll also hear Japan’s indigenous gagaku court music — traditionally performed at the imperial court, shrines and temples. Finally, watch kyogen, a form of theater that portrays life through comedy, and enjoy traditional bunraku, a type of Japanese puppet theater.

After the cultural show, walk with your guide to the Gion District, which is famous for its traditional houses. When you reach Gion Yoshi-ima, a traditional inn, enjoy the magical ambiance filled with candlelight as you dine on refined Kyoto cuisine. Your vegetarian dinner includes tofu, eggplant, renkon, ginger and shitake mushrooms. In this authentic setting, take part in a traditional tea ceremony after your delicious meal. You'll discover the stylized ritual of this Japanese ceremony as a cup is steeped and served to guests.

Your entertaining evening concludes with return transport via taxi and arrival at your hotel between 9-9:30pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide was lovely and it was really good having a small tour group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent evening entertainment, delicious dinner, and lovely tea experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Generally an enjoyable experience. The guides English skills were a little poor so this made it difficult to ask any in-depth question about the cultural aspects of our tour without receiving a puzzled .woahoa?as an embarrassed statement. He was however, very polite and friendly. The tour itself highlighted with a personal tea ceremony at a private Zen teahouse. Wonderful. The show was good but differcult to see as all these tourists kept wanting to see as well. I would recommend u get to the theatre early get a front seat. All in all a chance to experience this beautiful and complex culture.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a great tour! We thoroughly enjoyed the Tea ceremony and dinner at the ryokan.
Would definitely recommend this tour to friends!

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