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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
  • Round-trip transport by taxi from selected Kyoto hotels included
  • Small-group tour limited to 24 ensures a more personalized experience

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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

Min Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The after-dinner tea ceremony was very traditional, highly recommended

armando c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great experience !

Our tour guide Yuki was incredible!!

We highly recommended

Anne Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Dinner was great in a traditional restaurant, with wonderful healthy food, surprise gift from the hosts and with an excellent finishing tea ceremony. The cultural performance was good and we understood the aim of the performances to provide a shap shot of traditional customs in Kyoto, including Japanese puppetry, flower arrangement, tea ceremony and humour theatrical skit, however it felt over produced and the level seating did not allow a clear view. A nice evening out in Kyoto.

Dimitrios M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very nice introduction to Kyoto culture. Very efficiently organise and great hospitality and tour from June.
It would have been better if we had some more time to stroll in Gion. The best part was the tea ceremony.

Danielle G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A great way to spend a night in Kyoto! Pick up was easy and very efficient. The show was great however would have been better if we'd arrived a bit earlier when we got there the only seats left were at the back and we couldn't really see the stage our guide spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable of the Gion area. The dinner and tea ceremony were the highlight of the night! They gave us a tour of the tradition Japanese house, The dinner even though was all vegetarian was AMAZING!! It was great to eat traditional Japanese food. I would definitely do this tour again!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A great way to get to know Gion and Kyoto traditions. Food was vegetarian and amazing!!!!

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.

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