Top Choice Theatre in Southern Higashiyama


The oldest kabuki theatre in Japan is the Minami-za theatre in Gion. The major event of the year is the Kaomise festival (1 to 26 December), which features Japan’s finest kabuki actors. Other performances take place…
Top Choice 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.
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Dance in Southern Higashiyama

Miyako Odori

Presented by the Gion Kōbu geisha district, this is our favourite geisha dance in Kyoto. It’s a real stunner and the colourful images will remain with you long after the curtain falls. It’s held throughout April at …
Theatre in Southern Higashiyama

Gion Corner

Gion Corner presents regularly scheduled shows that include a bit of tea ceremony, koto (Japanese zither) music, ikebana (art of flower arranging), gagaku (court music), kyōgen (ancient comic plays), kyōmai (Kyoto-s…
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.
Dance in Downtown Kyoto

Kamogawa Odori

Geisha dances from 1 to 24 May at Ponto-chō Kaburen-jō Theatre in Ponto-chō.
Theatre in Northern Higashiyama

Kyoto Kanze Kaikan Nō Theatre

This is your best bet for performances of nō.
Dance in Kyoto

Kitano Odori

At Kamishichiken Kaburen-jō Theatre (上七軒歌舞練場), east of Kitano-Tenman-gū; 15 to 25 April.
Cinema in Downtown Kyoto

Kyoto Cinema

This is one of Kyotos only art-house cinemas. Movies are almost always screened in their original language, with Japanese subtitles. It’s in the Cocon Karasuma building, directly connected to Shijō station; take exi…