Take in the best of traditional Japanese performing arts all on one stage, followed by an authentic dining experience. Accompanied by an informative guide at Gion Corner, you’ll see maiko dancers, the art of flower arranging, gagaku court music, puppet theater and more. Then enjoy a tea ceremony by candlelight and a Japanese-style dinner. Pickup and drop-off by taxi from selected Kyoto hotels is included. Enjoy personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 24 people.
After pickup at designated locations in Kyoto in the afternoon, your guide will accompany you by taxi to Gion Corner for the 50-minute show. You’ll get a great overview of traditional Japanese arts as you watch the performances on stage, enhanced by cultural interpretation from your guide.Elegant maiko dancers in ornate dress will dazzle you with kyo-mai, a dance originating in Kyoto. Learn how to assemble lovely displays in the traditional art of ikebana, flower arranging. Listen to the koto, a Japanese six-stringed zither that produces pleasant harmonies when played. You'll also hear Japan’s indigenous gagaku court music — traditionally performed at the imperial court, shrines and temples. Finally, watch kyogen, a form of theater that portrays life through comedy, and enjoy traditional bunraku, a type of Japanese puppet theater.After the cultural show, walk with your guide to the Gion District, which is famous for its traditional houses. When you reach Gion Yoshi-ima, a traditional inn, enjoy the magical ambiance filled with candlelight as you dine on refined Kyoto cuisine. Your vegetarian dinner includes tofu, eggplant, renkon, ginger and shitake mushrooms. In this authentic setting, take part in a traditional tea ceremony after your delicious meal. You'll discover the stylized ritual of this Japanese ceremony as a cup is steeped and served to guests. When the tour concludes, you'll be dropped off at your original departure point.