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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
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 June 2014

Yoshida-san was an excellent guide: prompt, efficient, and friendly. We also appreciated his thoughtful efforts to forestall any problems, leaving both a written and phone message for us at our hotel the day before the tour.

The cultural center performance was definitely worthwhile, though the center itself would strengthen its presentation by providing a bit more detail (a few lines more per each area) about its different offerings. It was unclear which seasons the geisha's dance illuminated, for instance. The glimpse of bunraku puppet theater was fascinating. We definitely will keep our eyes out for that.

But the highlight of the evening was the Zen Buddhist meal and related tea ceremony --delicious and wonderfully illuminated by the ryokun host who explained its significance with sincere enthusiasm. His warm welcome to what is his home and his family's tea house there and then his family's religious and holiday artifacts room was truly special. A gracious man--I would like to thank him again, if I could! The connection there is one I hope you continue to offer people who sign up for this tour. (Even though I knew it would be challenging for me personally to use the traditional entrance to the tea house, I was so glad I did, to have that experience. And, of course, I could have opted to use the non-traditional entrance, as a couple of people more concerned about crouching to enter did.)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

A wonderful night thanks to the intamacy of the tea ceremony and Zen dinner. Was less impressed with the cultural performance, but we were in the back row and could not see very much. The tea ceremony was the best I've been to - really special!!

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