Festivals & Events
Miyako Odori Dance Performances 都をどり
Geiko and maiko dancing to music in timeless splendor
The Miyako Odori, which translates literally as "Capital City Dances" and refers to Kyoto's former status as the nation's capital, is a can't miss annual show featuring geiko and maiko apprentices dancing in their finest garb.
How to Get There
The Gion Kaburenjo Theater, where the performances are held, is easily accessible via public transport.
Access the theater via bus or train from Kyoto Station . Ask at the station which buses head to Gion Kaburenjo Theater. Alternatively, the nearest subway station is Gion-Shijo on the Keihan subway line. It's about 8 minutes on foot from the station.
The Miyako Odori began in 1872 during the First Kyoto Exposition, and Gion Kaburenjo Theater was built for the occasion
The performances are split into eight parts and demonstrate the wide range of theatrical and musical training undertaken by geisha
Book ahead to enjoy a bowl of matcha, green tea, and a traditional sweet before the performance
A rare chance to see magnificent displays of traditional artistry
The 50-minute-long performance of exquisite dance, song, and theatrical repertoire by the geiko and maiko of the Gion Kobu district is just another reason to head to Kyoto in April. Opportunities to see these elusive entertainers are rare since private audiences are difficult to arrange without an introduction and can be rather pricey.
The Miyako Odori is held every afternoon from April 1 to 30 with four performances daily. You can purchase tickets at the door or make a reservation in advance.