Movies / Theater / Hall / Live House Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Miyakomesse
    36 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakiseishoujichou 9-1
    This event venue was constructed in commemoration of the 1,200th anniversary of the ancient capital of Heian-Kyo and first opened its doors in 1996. The event hall is used for a variety of events such as those promoting traditional industries. The hall’s exhibition and meeting spaces are used for trade fairs and other functions. The venue also hosts the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts and the Japan Design Museum, two permanent exhibitions which present the style and the traditional industries of Kyoto. A café/restaurant adjoins the museum, as well as the museum’s shop, which sells traditional crafts. Higashiyama Station is the closest station to the venue.

    Miyako Messe in Okazaki Park is an event space, but I seldom go. A part of Nitten exhibition was displayed in this place. So, I had the opportunity to visit it.

  • Kyoto-Gekijo (Theater)
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Ward, Shimogyo-ku, Karasuma-dori Saltwater Road Down in Le Kyoto Station Building
    A theater with superb access, located within the station building of JR Kyoto Station. They hold a variety of events, naturally including stage arts in every genre, such as musicals, plays, concerts, and dances, as well as lectures and symposiums. While being a mid-sized theater with 941 seats, its facilities and environment are comparable to a large theater. The space is compact, with the first floor seats going back twenty seven meters, so every seat offers the same majesty from the stage. Check the official homepage for the performance schedule.

    京都駅の改札を出てすぐ横にありアクセスは抜群です。建物の古さは否めませんので建物内のロビー奥にあるトイレ等は古さを感じます。 劇場入口隣には京料理をランチで食べられるお店もあり早めに来てランチをしてから劇場に入るのもいいなと思いました。

  • Kyoto Concert Hall
    15 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shimogamohangichou 1-26
    This municipal concert hall opened in 1995 in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. Equipped with the best audio equipment for classical music, there is a pipe organ in its shoebox-style 1,833-seat large hall made by renowned German specialist Johannes Klais Orgelbau GmbH & Co. KG. The 510-seat small hall is made for small orchestras and chamber music. The 12 pillars of the entrance hall and helical smooth slopes make up a refined architecture that is not to be missed.

    Kyōto Concert Hall is located near Subway Kitayama station. You can go directly from JR Kyōto station and Subway Shijo station. The modern building is very comfortable and the acoustics of the hall...

  • Minamiza
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shi Higashiyama Ward Shijyo Ohashi Ebisu
    A theater which has been in operation since the Edo period (1603–1868) located in Higashiyama Ward in Kyoto City. The theater has held kabuki performances for close to 400 years in Shijogawara where kabuki originated from, making it the oldest and most tradition-rich theater in Japan. The current building, four stories above ground and one below, incorporates modern and Momoyama architectural styles and was designated a Tangible Cultural Property in 1996. The theater’s performances of the Kaomise, held each year from the November 30 to the end of December, have become a winter tradition in Kyoto, and the sight of the traditional signboards presenting the performers’ names in Kanteiryu calligraphic style crowding the theater front above the entranceway is renowned.
  • Kyoto International Conference Center
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Iwakuraosagichou 422
    An international conference center which was built as Japan's first national conference facility. Used as a space by many for exchange and gatherings, in addition to the main building and an event hall, the facility is also adjoined by a hotel. The facility also has a Japanese garden on the grounds surrounded by lush natural beauty which is dedicated to the theme of people gathering and talking in nature.
  • Coffee House Jittoku
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi, Kamigyo-ku Omiya Tousen Shimo Tadashi Le Hushiya-machi 815
    This live house is in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City. Housed in a refurbished sake brewery, their interior decor features tables and chairs made from sake barrels. Various bands and musical artists perform live, so you can drink and dine while enjoying the music. The menu offers a wide range of casual fare such as pilaf and their jittoku tanindon rice bowl.


  • Kitsune
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Kiyachou Tsugi Sanjo Ru Timber-cho 179 F-Sakiya Town Building 3F-4F
    This all-genre club is located on Nishikiyamachi-dori Street near Sanjo Station, and boasts a high popularity with those from both home and abroad. The club is divided into two floors: Land, where you can dance to your heart's content to club music that matches the various genres of events; and Sea, where you can enjoy a mixture of club music while drinking what you want. They allow you to have a good time no matter the purpose.
  • Club Ibiza
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachi-dori Sanjo Down Le Daikokuchi 70 Royal Park Building B1
    This all-genre club is located on Kiyamachi-dori Street near Keihan Sanjo Station. In addition to an extensive sound system and lighting equipment, you can enjoy a diverse range of quality performances with their large monitors and smoke machines. Their VIP seating, appealing with its classiness and glitz, is very popular.


  • Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Ward, Kamigyo-ku Karasuma-ku Ichijo Shimuru Ryumae-cho 590-1
    This performing arts hall known affectionately as “ALTI” opened in 1988. It is configurable for 424 concert-style seats and 560 arena-style seats. The electric floor lifting mechanism allows the use of various stages, and the fine acoustics of the place are also well known. As well as presentations related to Kyoto communal cultural activities, the hall also holds a variety of national and international productions. The closest station is Imadegawa Station.
  • World
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Nishikiyamachishijou Kameru 97 Merimi Am Bill BF
    Based on the concept of making the Kyoto Basin even hotter, this is one of the oldest clubs in the city, and it has enjoyed long-lasting popularity among Japanese and international clubbers and music enthusiasts. Each floor of the three-story club features a different genre of music. Only one floor is open on weekdays, but all three floors are available to patrons on weekends and during special events.
  • Metro
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kawabatamarutamachi Shimo Shimukayecho 82 Emi-Su building B1F
    Opened in 1990, this club and live house is one of Japan's most venerable, and covers music from a wide range of genres. Numerous events are held on weekdays and weekends, with many clubbers and music lovers crowding the venue every night. In the evening, they have a culture school called Metro University that invites lecturers from many genres including music, movies, theater and literature, and it is utilized by people of all ages. It is appealing for its close proximity to Jingu-Marutamachi Station and its excellent location with easy access.
  • Octave
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Nakagyo-ku Kawaramacho Sanjo Down 2-chome Yamasaki-machi 236-2 Lumiere De Building 4F
    This club located on Kiyamachi-dori Street near Sanjo Station has characteristic sound systems with a superb heavy bass, including the Knockout Sound System. They regularly hold events inviting DJs, dancers and bands from different genres centered on reggae and hip-hop, and it is crowded day after day with many clubbers.
  • Kyoto Prefectural Center for Arts & Culture
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kyoto-ku teramachi dori alley lower le Higashizakuracho 1
    "This arts center was built in 1970 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Kyoto Prefecture and is located right next to the ""Furitsu Idaibyoin-mae"" bus stop. Today the museum still serves as a culture and artistic center, holding a variety of performances and exhibitions. The museum also hosts traditional joruri puppet theater performances, Kansai style rakugo comedic storytelling study meetings, and the Kyoto Drama Festival. The center has exhibition rooms on the first and second floors which are primarily used for fine arts exhibitions. The seating area and stage area in the center's hall are almost the same size and, like the center's exhibition and conference rooms, can be rented out for events."
  • 1928 Building
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Sanjo Gokomachi
    A five-minute walk from Sanjo Station and an eight-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station. Situated at the intersection of Sanjo-dori Street and Gokomachi-dori Street, this building was built in 1928 to serve as the Kyoto branch office of the Osaka Mainichi Shimbun newspaper company. The building's design includes a distinctive balcony whose shape was modeled after the company emblem, stylish lamps on either side of the main entrance, and art deco influences. A rare example of architecture from this period, the building has been designated a Tangible Cultural Property by Kyoto City. The building still looks as it did when it first opened and its distinctive arched hall is used to host a variety of performances as Art Complex 1928.
  • Miyagawa-cho Kaburenjo Theater
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Miyagawasuji 4-306
  • Bunka Parc Joyo
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Joyo-shi Terada Imabori 1
    This multi-purpose cultural facility was built to satisfy local calls for a cultural palace in Joyo. The name Parc is the French for park, and this building is supplied with a wide array of facilities including a cultural hall, planetarium, library and museum of history. They host a variety of concerts, ballet performances, cultural lectures, and activity classes, to please visitors of all ages. It's a place made in hopes that people can be moved by art, interact through recreation, and help create new culture of their own.
  • Rohm Theatre Kyoto
    41 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Okazakisaishojicho 13

    平安神宮の近く、岡崎公園わきにあります。 コンサートホールは4階席まであり、4階はほとんど天井席ではありますが、全体としてゆるく傾斜があり、後方からでも見やすい設計になっています。 アーティストライブ系会場としても使いやすいと感じます。 新しいので、この手のホールにしては音響もよく考えられていると思われます。

  • MOVIX Kyoto
    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Shinkyogoku Sanjo Sagaru Sakuranocho 400

    So this is your typical Japanese theater. If you are a foreigner like myself, here’s what you need to know: in Japan, going to the movies is $18 a ticket. BUT if you go you can...

  • Pontomachikabunerijo
    54 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Hashishitachou 130

    Do not hesitate to book if you happen to visit Kyoto during their performance time period. You cannot take pictures of the performance so sit back and enjoy the history and dedication of these...

  • TOHO Cinemas 2 Jo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Nishinokyotoganoochou 107

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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