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  • 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.
  • Miyakomesse
    27 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.


  • Kyoto Concert Hall
    11 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.

    It’s one of the architectural gems of Kyoto. To see if you enjoy modern architecture. There is a cafeteria to have a break on a hot day of sightseeing. Nearby there are other interesting modern...

  • Kyoto-Gekijo (Theater)
    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.
  • 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.
  • Butterfly
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Daikokuchou 67-3 FORUM Nishikiya Town B1F
    This club boasts its size among the many in Kyoto Prefecture. Using the most total LEDs in western Japan in the venue and entranceway, it has a stylish and fantastic atmosphere. They hold live events inviting talented DJs throughout Japan with large numbers coming from the Kansai area, and it is crowded day after day with many clubbers.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Nishikiyamachishijou Upper Le Mamachi 97 Immersium Building 8F
    "Situated on the eighth floor of the same building where WORLD KYOTO, one of Kyoto's leading clubs, is located, this nightclub is a one-minute walk from exit 1A of Hankyu Railway Kawaramachi Station. Despite the word ""disco"" in its name, there are no mirror balls inside; instead, the decor incorporates American cultural influences and the establishment is closer to a music bar than a disco. Promoting a style that is an evolution of ""SURFIN"" and ""DISCO"" words which represent things that are fun and cool, the club can also be rented out for parties and wedding afterparties."
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Rohm Theatre Kyoto
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Okazakisaishojicho 13
  • Kyoto Prefectural Center for Arts & Culture
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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."
  • Bunka Parc Joyo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • T Joy Kyoto AEON the mall KYOTO
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Minami-ku Nishikujoutoriguchichou
  • MOVIX Kyoto
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Shinkyogoku Sanjo Sagaru Sakuranocho 400
  • 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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