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Tea ceremony

Tea ceremony (the way of tea) is one of Japan's traditional cultural practices,
and is the name given to a synthetic art
that encompasses not only the making of tea,
but also tea-room architecture,
the appreciation of tea utensils and bowls,
and Zen Buddhism.

It is not a religion, but a means to the study
of Japanese manners and spirituality.
Tea master Sen no Rikyu's aphorism
"WA-KEI-SEI-JAKU" (harmony, respect, purity and tranquility)
conveys the importance of the spirituality in tea ceremonies.

Price : 2,000 Yen per person
Payment only accepted in yen

Closed on Wednesday (New Year's Holiday 1st Jan~3rd Jan 2014)

Address : 272, Matsubara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City


2 minute walk from Chionin-mae bus stop
5 minute walk from Gion bus stop
10 minute walk from Higashiyama subway station
15 minute walk from Shijo station on the Keihan Line
25 minute walk from Kawaramachi station on the Hankyu Line

You need the map of En from website. It's difficult to find with this address.

TEL : 080-3782-2706 (9am-3pm,Please reserve by e-mail except that day)

E-mail :

Maiko experience transformation

As you explore the ancient city of Kyoto, you will often see the beautiful doll-like maiko, or apprentice geisha, walking along the streets, over the picturesque bridges, and across the temple grounds. With their delicate makeup and colorful kimonos, they are simply picture perfect, and now you too can experience.

Maiko experience transformation AYA
ZIP 605-0825 499,Shimogawara ,Gion, Higashiyama-Ku , Kyoto-Shi JAPAN
TEL:+81-75-532-6666 / FAX: +81-75-532-6667

Gion Corner 

Gion Corner is a popular theater where tourists will be provided with short performances of 7 kinds of Japanese traditional arts and entertainment in single setting: Kyoto style Dance, Flower Arrangement, Tea Ceremony, Japanese Harp, Comic Play, Court Music and Puppet Play.

There is also a Maiko Gallery, where videos of dances, the hair decorations worn by maiko dancers, and other items are on display.

Performance time
Everyday starting at 6:00pm and at 7:00pm
(From December till the second week of March, performances will be held on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays only.)
Closed day
July 16, August 16 & from December 29 to January 3
Student (age 16-22)¥2,200Children (age 7-15) ¥1,900
Group Sales (over 20 people) Adults ¥2,200
School Trips: age 16-18¥1,300age 7-15¥1,000

Tourist Season Discounts:
We are now sponsoring special discounts for foreign visitors to encourage them to get acquainted with Kyoto's traditional culture.
Special Discount ticket from July 1st to Feb. 28
 Adults ¥3,150 → ¥2,500

Performance guide
* Kyomai Dance
Originating in Kyoto, kyo-mai is an elegant and dazzling dance performed by maiko dancers in beautifully ornate dress.

* Flower Arrangement
The art of creating and enjoying arrangements made from flowers and other materials.

* Tea Ceremony
This is the stylized tradition of steeping and serving tea to guests. The Corner performs the “ryurei” style of the Tea Ceremony, seating on stools, for visitors from foreign countries not used to kneeling on tatami.

* Koto Zither
The koto is an ancient Japanese six-stringed zither traditionally played with ivory plectrums worn on the fingers, producing wonderful harmonies.

* Gagaku Court Music
Gagaku is the name for indigenous Japanese music and dance performed at the imperial court, shrines and temples. Gion Corner offers maigaku performances accompanied by dance.

* Kyogen Theatre
Kyogen is a form of theatre that portrayed life as it was in a comical manner.

* Bunraku Puppet Theatre
Bunraku, Japan’s traditional puppet theatre, was put on UNESCO’s list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2003.

How to get to GION Corner
Address: Yasaka Hall, 570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

By Public Transportation

From JR Kyoto Station, take City Bus 206 or 100 to the Gion bus stop, and from there it is a 5-minute walk.

OR by train take the Keihan Line to Gion Shijo Station,and from there it is a 5-minute walk.

It is also a 10-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Line.


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Higashiyama Ward
Yasaka Hall, Shijo Sagaru, Hanamikoji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
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