If you’re looking for something to do in the evening that the whole family will enjoy, do not miss this fantastic stage show held in downtown Kyoto.
GEAR cast and stage – image © Kishi Takako, courtesy of GEAR
If you and the kids need a break from temples and high traditional culture, then we strongly recommend checking out the show called GEAR. It’s held almost nightly at a small theatre in the 1928 building in downtown Kyoto. We don’t want to say too much because it would spoil the show. Suffice it to say that it’s one of the most creative and enjoyable stage shows we’ve seen anywhere. And, because it is non-verbal, you don’t need any Japanese ability to enjoy it.
For more details, see our Full Review of GEAR.
GEAR Stage Show
3F 1928 bldg., 56 Benkeiishi-cho, Sanjo-dori-Gokomachi-higashiiru, Nakagyo-ku
60 years old and over: JPY4,300
University students: JPY4,300
Elementary, junior high and high school students: JPY3,300
4-6 years old: JPY800
Non-smoking area: Yes
7 min walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station, Tozai subway line
Official Website (English)
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