Arrive at the closest pick-up location to your hotel where you will meet your guide who shall take you to the Gion corner by taxi. Once here, enjoy the 50-min cultural performance. Your guide shall answer any questions and give you a detailed interpretation.
Watch the graceful maiko dancers in their ornate costumes as they perform the traditional kyo-mai, a dance originating in Kyoto. Learn the craft of arranging flowers, ikebana. A Japanese six-stringed zither, koto shall enthrall you with its harmonies along with the gagaku court music which is generally performed at temples, shrines, and royal courtrooms. Finally, kyogen, a theatrical art form that portrays life through comedy shall capture your attention before you enjoy traditional bunraku, a type of Japanese puppet theater.
After this captivating performance, walk past the traditional houses of the Gion district to Yoshi-ima, a traditional inn. Here, sit down for a Japanese-style dinner of tofu, eggplant, renkon, ginger, and shitake mushrooms. Candlelight and the minimalistic interiors shall enhance this authentic Kyoto meal. After satiating your stomach, participate in the traditional tea ceremony. Learn more about this mesmerizing ritual as a cup is steeped and served to guests.
At the end of this tour, you shall be dropped back to the original departure point.