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Gion Night and Zen dinner with Tea ceremony : Culture Performance

Kyoto, Japan
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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.
  • 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 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.
Pass By:  
Gion Corner
Traditional performing arts such as Maiko (apprentice geisha) dancing, Bunraku (puppet theater), and Kyogen (comic theater).
Duration: 50 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Yoshi Ima
Tea Ceremony and ZEN Dining at Yoshi-ima Ryokan
Duration: 70 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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Great night out in Kyoto
Tim D
, Dec 2019
Wonderful night out. Highly recommended. Yuki was our guide for the night and she was excellent. She met our group of 4 and the 5 other people all promptly inside the Miyako hotel foyer and from there we got the waiting taxi's to Gion Corner. The show was about 45 minutes and a good chance to learn some history about Japan. We were fortunate to be able to get a photo with the two Maiko's afterwards. Then we did a 30 minute walk through Gion which was excellent. Yuki was great pointing out things we wouldn't have known just walking through on our own. We also were very lucky in that a Geiko walked right past us during this part of the night. Finally the highlight was the dinner and tea ceremony at the Ryokan. Excellent food and service from the staff. And then being able to see the inside of the building and learn about both this and the tea ceremony was a really great way to end the night. From here the pre booked taxi's took us back to our Hotel as this was right near the starting point. Thank you again Yuki.
Gion Night & Zen Dinner
, Sep 2019
We met our tour in the hotel & were transported by taxi to Gion Corner, where the tour began. We were ushered in to a theatre, beautifully appointed, and were captivated by vignettes of various theatre pieces - tea ceremony , traditional music , ikebana , comedy sketch , traditional orchestra , Maiko dance , Bunraka (puppetry). After this we walked thru the streets, being shown various houses & learning a little more about the Gion area. We were taken to a wonderful little place for a delicious traditional dinner followed by a ‘taste’ of a tea ceremony. we were then dropped off at our hotel by taxi. A wonderful evening...... not to be missed.
An educational an cultural event
, Sep 2019
A very cultural experience. Just as promisrd. You'll need to be very adventurous when it comes to the meal experience if you're not vegan or vegitatian. The evening show was very traditional depicting how it was at the time and the traditional tea ceremony was very educational and enjoyable.
Nice overview of the traditional culture and great experience at a tea house
, Apr 2019
This was an interesting visit to a traditional arts performance. The dinner and tea ceremony at the tea house were a highlight.
The Gion by night tour was well...
Michael S
, 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.
The show was great and informative...
Kyla G
, 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!
The performance was wonderful. We...
Fran A
, 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.
Highly enjoyable tour....To improve...
Helen P
, 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” .
The Gion by Night tour was rather...
, 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.
Found this tour a little...
Sylvia P
, 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.

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