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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
  • Small-group tour limited to 24 pax ensures a more personalized experience
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 at your original departure location.


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, May 2018
, Apr 2018

The Gion by night tour was well done. We met at the New Miyako Hotel and took chartered taxis to Gion Corner. Gion Corner provided a sampling of six traditional Japanese performances. These included Bunraku, Maikos dancing and singing, the tea ceremony, a comedic play, traditional music and one other performance. The crowd was a little on the rude side they kept talking through the performances, but the sampling was very good, especially the Maikos and the comedic play. Unfortunately, at the beginning, three of the performances are done simultaneously which lessens what you see.

After the show, we had a walking tour of Gion and a vegetable tempura dinner at the inn which is famous for their tempura. I'm not a tempura person usually, let alone a vegetarian, but it was a very good meal. Afterwards, we got a tea ceremony at the inn and since the inn is a traditional Japanese inn, a tour of it as well. We then were given a taxi back to the hotel.

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us interesting facts about Gion. A good night. The only thing I would change would be a non-vegetarian option.

, Feb 2018

The show was great and informative, but show up early for good seats as they are not assigned! The dinner and tea ceremony is the highlight, stunning!

, Jan 2018

The performance was wonderful. We enjoyed learning the different aspects of the Japanese culture. The dinner following was OK. I would suggest to attend the event and skip the meal.

, Jan 2018

Highly enjoyable tour....To improve it I would suggest arranging a tour that had a guided walk followed by free time to explore the streets of Gion instead of the cultural show. The experience of dinner and the tea house was amazing but the Cultural show felt like a “tourist trap” .

, Nov 2017

The Gion by Night tour was rather disjointed and beneath the experience we had with other Viator-booked tours with JTB Sunrise Tours. The tour began with a half dozen taxis ferrying the group to a traditional Japanese show, which was the highlight of this tour. Everything that followed was pretty awful, and in retrospect we should have left after the traditional show. We walked through dark alleyways to a ryokan for a traditional tea ceremony and dinner. The experience at the ryokan was rather poor, and the food was inedible. We wound up going out for dinner after this tour--not out of choice, but out of necessity. This tour was an awful waste of time and money.

, Nov 2017

This tour was amazing!

, Oct 2017
, Oct 2017

Found this tour a little disorganized. Pick up by cab, travelling through city with a full cab to another hotel to pick up others that were late.
Being late, we were unable to sit as a group. Our seats were way at the back, couldn't see or hear anything much. The cultural show was one hour long with more than one act being preformed at the same time so couldn't follow each one properly. The tea ceremony would have been nice but a young child was in our group and spilled the tea etc so distracted the apprentice guide. The meal was tempura, miso soup, rice so rather common place. Our guide gave very little information as she was spending all her time rounded up the others.

, Sep 2017

Excellent tour!!! The variety of performances at Gion Corner was very interesting, as was the walk through Gion. The highlight of the evening was the dinner, its venue, and the tea ceremony.

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