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  • 1. Gion Corner Theater

    Higashiyama-ku | Dance

    This theater's 50-minute performances sample five traditional disciplines: gagaku (court music), kyomai (Kyoto-style dance), Bunraku ...Read More

  • 2. GEAR


    This nonverbal show incorporates mime, magic, break dancing, and dramatic lighting effects as its energetic actors play robots temporarily unstuck...Read More

  • 3. Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre

    Higashiyama-ku | Dance

    In the same complex as Gion Corner, this theater is used for special performances, most notably the spring and fall dances by maiko and geiko...Read More

  • 4. Kanze Kaikan Noh Theater

    Sakyo-ku | Theater

    This is one of Kyoto's oldest Noh schools. The libretto is all in Japanese, with only some information in English. ...Read More

  • 5. Kongo Noh Theater

    Kamigyo-ku | Theater

    This theater presenting performances of the Kongo school of Noh drama was moved to this location on the former estate of an aristocrat. The...Read More

  • 6. Kyoto Concert Hall

    Sakyo-ku | Concerts

    The architect Isozaki Araki designed this complex that has a huge round glass facade and a spiral entrance walkway up to the 1,839-seat Main...Read More

  • 7. Minami-za

    Higashiyama-ku | Theater

    The renovated Minami-za theater, the oldest in Japan, hosts Kabuki performances most of the year. Even the mounted posters announcing the plays...Read More

  • 8. Ponto-cho Kaburenjo Theater

    Nakagyo-ku | Dance

    The maiko and geiko of the Ponto-cho district perform at this theater in spring and fall. Occasionally other dance performances are scheduled here. ...Read More

  • 9. RAN Music Theatre

    Nakagyo-ku | Theater

    RAN is a new venue with highly rated performances of traditional instruments: the shamisen, taiko drums, koto zither, and Noh flute, with shows...Read More

  • 10. Rohm Theater Kyoto

    Sakyo-ku | Theater

    Located in the Okazaki area, this concert and performance venue was formerly known as Kyoto Kaikan. It reopened in 2016 with more seating and...Read More

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