Updated: February 20, 2018
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Miyako Odori: The Captivating Geisha Dance In Kyoto!

Miyako odori (都をどり) is a traditional dance event performed by geishas and maikos. It is annually held in Kyoto in April, 3 times a day. You can enjoy the beautiful geisha dance and drink the great tasting green teas before the dance starts.

Apr 01, 2018(Sun) - Apr 24, 2018(Tue)
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What is Miyako odori (都をどり)...?

Miyako odori (都をどり) is a traditional dance event annually held in Kyoto. Geishas and maikos are the dancers and performers. You can enjoy the beautiful "mai" (舞) performed by them.

Miyako odori has a long history that dates back to the Meiji era when the capital of Japan was moved to Tokyo from Kyoto during the Meiji restoration. Miyako odori was made at that time, with the purpose of amusement. Until then, the mai (Geisha dance) was performed only by one or two maikos in a very private room or gathering. The founder of Miyako odori changed this idea and created a totally new style of mai.

Miyako odori is constructed in 8 scenes, each of them describing an aspect of Japanese life in Kyoto and the life of Geishas or maikos.

Miyako odori 2018: Date/ Timetable/ Ticket price

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Miyako odori will be held at the Kyoto Art Theater Sunjuza from April 1st to 24th. The dance performance will be held 3 times a day. The nearest station is Gion Shijo. The theater is a 10-minute walk far from the station.


3 shows a day. (A performance will be about 50 minutes.)

1st show: 12:30
2nd show: 14:20
3rd show: 16:10

<Tea time>

1st time: 11:20-12:20
2nd time: 13:10-14:10
3rd time: 15:00-16:00

Tea time will be available 70 minutes before the dance performance starts.
No seats will be available after the performance finishes.

Ticket Price

Speciality seats (with tea tickets): 4,600 yen
1st grade seats: 3,500 yen
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