Gion Corner


Art & Leisure



This crash course in Japanese culture squeezes seven traditional art performances into less than an hour. An English brochure and voiceover provides some context, but as the show hurtles through each art form, it does little to demystify them. Still, it’s the cheapest place in which to see a maiko dance, and the only place to watch gagaku, a performance art featuring a flamboyantly attired fantasy creature dancing to what sounds like the death throes of a bagpipe.

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009


Yasaka Kaikan, 570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

Transport Gion Shijo station (Keihan line) 

Telephone 075 561 1119

Open 1 mar-10 nov 7pm, 8pm daily. 1 dec-28 feb 7pm sat, sun, hols.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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