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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.
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.
This was a great tour! We thoroughly enjoyed the Tea ceremony and dinner at the ryokan.
Would definitely recommend this tour to friends!
This was a wonderful and pleasant experience. The cultural performance was good but nothing spectacular. The dinner experience which included the Tea Ceremony was very enjoyable. We were served healthy vegetarian food which was what we needed.
This is a very good tour. Performance was nice, walk in Gion district was pleasant. We enjoyed the tea ceremony and dinner. Everyone spoke English well. This was the best tour we had in Kyoto. We highly recommend the tour. Thank you!
Fantastic. Saw a bit if culture , a bit if the Gion and had a great experience with dinner. Would recommend it to anyone.
We actually even saw a Gion parade festival passing by the street on our way to the other Gion side flew here we would experience feudal times of tea ceremony.
The theatrical experience was most enjoyable which showed various arts of Japan in a nutshell.
First, let me thank our tour guide for calling our hotel room - we had forgotten about the tour! Jet lag! She was persistent and SAVED the day! Attention to detail like this is invaluable! She took the group into the theater and waited outside until we arrived and escorted us in.
By the way, the tour was wonderful too! We enjoyed the show but really loved the walking tour. These little alley-like streets would never have been explored without the tour. So many interesting details were revealed as well. The tea ceremony was the real deal. Do not miss it. the Zen Buddhist meal was very interesting. So many other delightful touches.
Excellent tour! Directions were clear on where and when to meet at a hotel different from where we were staying. Our guide was prompt, organized and well-prepared. Taxis drove us to the Gion area - exactly like we pictured it. We were part of a medium-sized group, yet our guide tried to make sure everyone could hear her. She explained the traditional show before it began so we would know what to expect. Although she had a schedule to keep, she was kind to give us a moment to snap a photo many times. The traditional dinner was delicious (although some in the group were. to as adventurous to try's something different), and the tea ceremony was so informative! (Loved learning about the special little door). Definitely recommend this tour!
A unique experience, since one has the opportunity to watch a very good sample of the japanese traditional arts and
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.)
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!!
Very nice tour, June was a very good guide. Show was very good, but crowded. Area is very historical. Food was vegetarian but fried would have preferred steamed or grilled. Overall a nice tour in a lovely district. We would recommend this tour to get a feel of the Gion area. Did not see many Geisha's walking as they were mostly inside.
The Pick Up from Hotel Okura Kyoto was delayed. As a result we did not get any seats at the Gion Corner Theatre since it was overbooked.
The food served at the Dinner was vegetarian only.
Other than the above two negative issues, it was a nice experience and we enjoyed the evening.
Unfortunately it was torrential rain on our tour date and I don't feel we were able to appreciate the Gion district fully that night . I was a title disappointed with the show - and selfie sticks should definitely be banned ! The meal was very good - but felt it was all a little rushed.
Although we very much enjoyed dinner, in a small restaurant which was open only for our group of about 16, and we enjoyed the small tea ceremony in the garden within the hotel, the cultural show was not a good experience because it was packed with people and the seating was on a flat rather than graduated floor. My kids couldn't see a thing because of the people in front. There were many people standing on the side. The show itself was interesting, touching on several aspects of the culture, but for kids and those who really need to be near the front because of vision or other issues it was not enjoyable. For this type of event with a high school like stage I felt there were entirely too many people in the audience. If you really want to see this show I would suggest buying your own tickets and arriving really early so you can get a seat in front to see what is happening.
The Gion Center gave a nice cultural overview of the Japanese traditions, but the best part of the tour was our knowledgeable guide and the tea ceremony. The Zen dinner meal was also a treat! Recommended!
Enjoyed the show and dinner. Got picked up at the hotel on time but had to wait at another hotel in a taxi for at least 15-20 minutes while the guide tried to locate other participants...feels like waste of time.
To our opinion tour was overpriced, but considering limited amount of time we had in Kyoto and language barrier, we think we made the right decision to purchase it.
The tour was disorganized at the beginning and we had to wait for 2 people who were very late so we got to the theatre after the performance had started and had to sit in the back. The description of the tour included a walking tour through Gion after the theatre but our guide knew nothing about Gion and was at a loss when we asked about it. The best part of the tour was the dinner and the tea ceremony. The dinner was okay and the tea ceremony was awesome.