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

Gion by Night: Culture Performance with Dinner

Get a taste for the traditional Japanese arts in Kyoto during this 4-hour, small-group cultural performance complemented by an authentic Japanese-style dinner. Enjoy a diverse range of performances covering Japanese arts including ‘maiko’ dancing, flower arrangement, ‘gagaku’ court music, puppet theater and much more. Finish your experience with an atmospheric tea ceremony, conducted by candlelight, followed by a delicious dinner. This small-group event, limited to just 24 guests, also includes a guide and round-trip transport by taxi to select Kyoto hotels.


  • 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

Admire the beauty and grace of Japan’s traditional performing arts during this dinnertime show in Kyoto’s Gion district. Enjoy an authentic meal of specialties while you take in a variety of cultural performances covering dancing, flower arrangement, music, a tea ceremony, puppet theater, and more.

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.

Customer Reviews

Rose P

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

Kristen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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

David F USA

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.

Barbara L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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

Laura M B

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.

Jackie Wai Kit C

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.

Elisabeth L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Heather P

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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