Miyako Odori

Annual traditional performance in Kyoto

By Elena Lisina   - 1 min read
Venue : Minamiza Theatre, Kyoto When : Early - Late Apr 2021

The annual Miyako Odori is traditionally held in April in the newly reconstructed Minami-za kabuki theatre building in Kyoto. Approximately 60 actors perform, including the famous geisha and maiko of Kyoto.The performance has a long history with traditions carefully maintained in Kyoto even now.

The performance lasts one hour and features are 8 scenes representing all of the seasons. The costumes, scenery and live music are simply fantastic, so even without understanding Japanese, patrons will find something of interest. Though taking photos during the shows is prohibited, colourful booklets are made available for purchase.

There are three performances per day starting at 1230, 1430 and 1630. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the show but reservations are recommended and should be arranged through the official site.

Please check the official site for performance dates.

Getting there

Take the Keihan Railway to Gion-Shijo Station. The theatre is immediately outside of Exit 6. Alternatively, take Hankyu Railway to Kawaramachi Station for a 3-minute walk from Exit 1.

Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch su...