Kyoto entertainment

Top Choice Dance in Southern Higashiyama

Miyako Odori

This 45-minute dance is a wonderful geisha performance. It’s a real stunner and the colourful images are mesmerising. It’s held throughout April, usually at Gion Kōbu Kaburen-jō Theatre. The building is under ongoin…
Top Choice Theatre in Southern Higashiyama


This theatre in Gion is the oldest kabuki theatre in Japan. The major event of the year is the Kaomise festival in December, which features Japan’s finest kabuki actors.
Live Music in Downtown Kyoto


One of Kyoto’s most atmospheric live-music venues, with a long history of hosting some great local and international acts. Check the Kyoto Visitor's Guide and flyers in local coffee shops and record stores for detai…
Dance in Southern Higashiyama

Kyō Odori

Put on by the Miyagawa-chō geisha district, this wonderful geisha dance is among the most picturesque performances of the Kyoto year. It’s held from the first to the third Sunday in April at the Miyagawa-chō Kaburen…
Dance in Southern Higashiyama

Gion Odori

This is a quaint and charming geisha dance put on by the geisha of the Gion Higashi geisha district. It’s held from 1 to 10 November at the Gion Kaikan Theatre (祇園会館), near Yasaka-jinja.
Dance in Southern Higashiyama

Kyoto Cuisine & Maiko Evening

If you want to witness geisha perform and then actually speak with them, one of the best opportunities is at Gion Hatanaka, a Gion ryokan that offers a regularly scheduled evening of elegant Kyoto kaiseki (Japanese …
Dance in Southern Higashiyama

Maiko Dinner Show Yasakadori Enraku

Traditional restaurant Yasadori Enraku started hosting intimate maiko (apprentice geisha) performances in early 2017. Guests are seated on tatami-mat floors at low tables for dinner and shows include a dance perform…
Concert Venue in Imperial Palace & Around

Kyoto Concert Hall

This is Kyoto’s main classical-music venue, along with ROHM Theatre. It’s a lovely hall with excellent acoustics and it never fails to draw an appreciative crowd of knowledgeable Kyotoites. Check Kyoto Visitor's Gui…
Theatre in Northern Higashiyama

ROHM Theatre Kyoto

Housed in a striking modernist building, ROHM Theatre hosts everything from international ballet and opera performances to comedy shows, classical music concerts and nō (stylised dance-drama performed on a bare stag…
Live Music in Imperial Palace & Around


Jittoku is located in an atmospheric old sakagura (sake brewery). It plays host to a variety of shows – check Kansai Scene to see what’s on. It also serves food.